Enhancement: Mount Calvary in Redding, Calif., and Faith in Anderson, Calif., merged into one unified congregation worshiping at two locations and received unsubsidized mission status in the spring of 2022. As their ministry continued to grow, the Board for Home Missions was asked to provide additional enhancement funding to call a full-time staff minister who could help make the most of the many gospel outreach opportunities being presented.
- Tom Benzing from St. Paul’s in New Ulm, Minn., recently accepted the call to serve as staff minister and is expected to start October 1, 2023.
- This new staff minister will be the site director of the Anderson campus, focusing on evangelism and youth/family ministry.
- The 3.5-mile radius around the Mount Calvary site in Anderson is projected to grow by 5.3 percent.
Rev. Benjamin Schaefer, Mount Calvary Lutheran Church