CTK Call Committee

The CTK Call Committee has been hard at work excitedly, optimistically, and prayerfully searching for our next Senior Pastor. This page should help inform you about the call process, answer your questions, and serve as a venue for feedback.

A call committee is a group of congregation members charged with promoting Christ the King and the city of Houston with the goal of attracting a strong pool of candidates for our next Senior Pastor. Working with the Synod, the Committee will use a broad network of connections to advertise, screen, interview, and recommend candidates for our next Senior Pastor to the Congregation Council.


The Call process is prescribed and guided by the ELCA Synod leadership. It is divided up into several stages:  

  • Organizational Period – (May – June 2022) 
  • Preparation of the Ministry Site Profile – This is essentially a recruiting profile for the position of Senior Pastor and it will be used to solicit candidates  
  • In response to the ministry site profile, rostered ministers will submit their rostered minister profile to the Synod and Synod leadership will screen the candidates for suitability 
  • Waiting Period – when the Committee waits on God through the Synod to send candidates for review 
  • Interviewing of Candidates 
  • Selection of Final Candidate for consideration by the Congregation Council who will present the candidate to the congregation for approval 

For more resources on the Call Process in the ELCA, please visit the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod website, or view a brief video about the Call Process presented by our Synod advisor, The Rev. Tracey Breashears Schultz.

Click here to view our Ministry Site Profile and to see what potential candidates will see.

Call Committee Playlist
Join us on the third Sunday of (almost) each month during Sunday Forum at the Rice Village Campus to hear updates on the call process and to share your thoughts with the Call Committee as we await our next Senior Pastor.


Learn More About Our Call Committee Members!

Anne Clutterbuck joined Christ the King 10 years ago after being a long-time visitor and falling in love with the message of LOVE at the church. She serves as a worship assistant at the 11 am Sunday and Saturday Taize services at the Rice campus and is a member of the CTK Foundation. Anne was a member of the Houston City Council for 3 terms and represented the southwest Houston community. She currently serves on boards in the medical field including Community Health Choice. Anne and her husband John have two adult children, Caroline (29 in Austin) and William (26 in Washington, D.C.), and two dogs that take up all the remaining space in their empty nest.

Victoria Allen is a senior at Bellaire High School. Victoria joined Christ the King in 2005 when she was only a few months old. She was baptized and confirmed at Christ the King. Victoria was an active worship enabler from 2014 through 2019, serving as an acolyte on a regular basis. Victoria is involved with the Luther League and has attended almost all of the travel trips and lock-ins, as well as many other youth events. She also volunteered with Camp Hope in its inaugural summer at Christ the King in 2019. Most summers, you will find her at Camp Lutherhill!

Jill Bailer joined Christ the King in 1980 and was immediately placed on the Altar Guild. She served 10 years before being elected to the Congregation Council where she served as Worship Commission chair and vice president. She is currently serving as an usher, president of the Altar Guild, and a member of the Piecemakers. She is a retired middle school science teacher but continues to teach preservice teachers at the University of Houston. She volunteers at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens and the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

Kathy Collins, and her husband Bill Mintz, have been members of Christ the King (CTK) since 1996. Kathy served on the CTK budget committee, was a board member of the Bach Society and currently serves as a board member of the CTK Foundation and Campus Lutheran Ministry. She was treasurer for the Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod from 2016 to 2020. Kathy graduated from Mount Holyoke College, where she has been a trustee since July 2013. She has worked in budget and finance at Rice University since 1995.

Henry Goodrow is a technology professional at Microsoft Corporation where he works with Fortune 50 customers to adopt cloud computing. Henry and his wife Alicia are long-time members of Christ the King Lutheran Church. Henry joined CTK in 1997 and has served as a Bell Ringer and advisor on many technology matters. Henry is active in Freewheels Houston and Houston Foodbank ministries. Henry is also a member of the newly formed CTK Technology Committee. Henry and Alicia have two children: Haley (21) attending Wellesley College, and Zachary (20) attending McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.

Andrea Salas has worked as a veterinary assistant for the past 5 years at Westbury Animal Hospital and is now starting a new position in the same clinic that as yet doesn’t have an official title. She alternates between helping to run the pharmacy, creating financial estimates, scheduling surgical procedures, and acting as a liaison between the customer service representatives in the front of the clinic and the doctors, technicians, and assistants in the treatment area. Andrea has been a member of Christ the King since she was born and has been involved in various programs, including first the Children’s Choir, then the Youth Choir, and ultimately the Chorus; the Luther League, first as a member and then as an occasional leader; and the Call Committee that was put together to hire a new Youth and Family Minister and that ultimately hired Ben Remmert for that position.

Quentin Adams is an engineer in the chemical manufacturing industry. Quentin and his wife Whitney have been members at Christ The King Lutheran Church for 6 years. Quentin has an 8-month-old son, who was just recently baptized in May. He has served as an usher and actively participates in the Young Adult Professional group.

Nathan Wiker is a chemical engineer from South Carolina who has moved into the business side of the plastics industry. Nathan, with his wife Wendy, moved to Houston and joined Christ the King in 2004 and has boomeranged back twice after moving away. Nathan has served on the Houston Lutheran Campus Ministry Council and Call Committee, participated in choir, co-led the Feed the Homeless ministry with Wendy, and most recently serves on the Nominating Committee and as the Church Representative for CCSC. He also currently is a Board Member of CCSC.

Emily Winesett is a sophomore at Heights High School. She was baptized and confirmed at Christ the King. She is an active Luther League member and often serves as an acolyte. She also enjoys spending time at Lutherhill in the summer.

Amandus Derr, Interim Pastor

Terri Koehler, Council President

Call Committee Q&A

Here are some answers to common Call Committee questions we are asked:

The Membership of the West Campus has expressed their confidence and trust in the makeup and work of the CTK Call Committee. 

The Committee began the work of the process in early June 2022.  Each member has a strong sense of urgency but wants to be thoughtful and thorough in the process. To get going quickly, the Committee has met more than weekly during the summer. The Committee plans to adopt a regular cadence of meetings as a group on a bi-weekly basis and will move to more frequent meetings when the interview process begins. The Committee will meet with the congregation at the Sunday Adult Forums at each campus on the third Sunday of every month beginning in September.  

We don’t know when the Call Process will be complete. The Committee asks for your prayers and patience as we wait in excited anticipation for the person God has for us.  

For your consideration, Tracey Breashears Schultz has provided a thoughtful piece on God’s time: A Lesson in Kairos.

Updates will be provided and feedback received at the Sunday Forum on the third Sunday of every month beginning in September. Look for updates in the Banner, in the weekly email newsletter, and on this webpage under the Monthly Update heading.

The Call Committee for Christ the King was established pursuant to the congregation constitution of Christ the King:  

C13.03.  When a pastoral vacancy occurs, a Call Committee of six voting members may be appointed by the Church Council of this congregation.  Term of office will terminate upon installation of the newly called pastor. 

Members were selected by the Congregation Council (the Congregation’s governing body) to reflect a broad cross section of church membership. Three Non-voting Participants and two Ex Officio Participants also serve on the Committee and will interview candidates and share the full obligations of the committee process.  In the event that one of the voting members of the Committee is no longer able to serve, one of the Non-voting Participants will be moved to a voting member position. 

The Call Committee needs your prayers and input.

  • Please join in praying for the church, for the Call Committee Members, for the Call process, and for the next Senior Pastor that God has for CTK. Ask God to prepare our hearts and provide us with wisdom and patience; ask that the Holy Spirit grant us a spirit of surprise and open mindedness as we anticipate the fullness of God’s grace and promise for Christ the King  
  • Contact the Call Committee by email individually or at Call@ctkelc.org 
  • Drop a suggestion in the suggestion box in the Narthex 
  • Seek out the Call Committee Members at church – they wear special name tags and can be spotted at most church activities; Committee Members debrief on feedback and share the input at each meeting 
  • Submit an anonymous comment here 
  • Attend and participate in the Sunday Forums that will be held on the 3rd Sunday of every month throughout the process at each campus, beginning in September – notice of the dates and times will appear in the weekly church email 
  • Volunteer to be part of the church video being prepared by the Call Committee 
  • Direct prospective candidates to the Synod or the Call Committee so they can submit their Rostered Minister Profile (RMP) for consideration 

The Call Committee is committed to casting a wide net and conducting a global churchwide search for candidates. Outreach activities include personal calls and notifications through the broad network of ELCA contacts and connections and advertising in The Christian Century Magazine. 

Candidates for consideration may arise from three sources: 

  1. People in the congregation may nominate candidates. Nominations from congregation members must be submitted to the Call Committee who will then forward them to the bishop’s office.  Tracey Breashears Schultz, the Bishop’s Associate for Leadership will then contact the bishop of the nominated pastor/leader for a reference check. If approved by both bishops, then Bishop Associate Schultz will contact the nominee to determine their level of interest.  If the nominee is interested, then they must submit a Rostered Minister Profile (RMP) to the Synod. Please email the Call Committee to submit the name of a candidate for consideration.  In order to nominate someone, you will be asked to complete a brief form for submission to the Call Committee to explain why you think this person would be a good fit for us.
  2. Pastors/leaders may express an interest.  Interested Pastors may contact Tracey Breashears Schultz, the Bishop’s Associate for Leadership at the Synod. They will then need to submit an RMP in order to be considered. In addition to rostered ministers from the ELCA, submissions may come from any rostered minister from any of our full communion partners, including: the Episcopal Church, United Methodist Church, Moravian Church, Presbyterian Church USA, Reformed Church in America, United Church of Christ and the Lutheran World Federation. 
  3. Church Wide Database.  Most of the candidates will come from the ELCA churchwide database of all rostered leaders who are presently seeking a call and have submitted an RMP. The goal of the office of the bishop is to provide well matched candidates to the Call Committee for each round of interviews.  

Please understand the Committee’s need for confidentiality once the screening of candidates has begun.  Please do not ask who is being interviewed, where the candidates are from, or any other identifying information that may compromise the confidentiality of the process for CTK or the candidates. 

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