Ed & Pennie Lochmoeller
- Our Local
- Our Reach
- Our Self
Ed and Pennie Lochmoeller live in Pennsylvania, but their ministry reaches pastors in transition throughout the United States. Pastors in transition are those forced to exit their ministry because of conflicting personalities, conflict in doctrine or ministry style, financial difficulties, or moral failure. The churches that support these pastors exist in rural, suburban, and urban settings, and host a wide range of sizes and denominations.
There is a great need to provide an avenue for conflict resolution within churches. This often involves establishing responsibilities for pastors that appropriately correspond to their capabilities. There is a need on both the part of the church and the incoming pastor to fully understand each other and set realistic expectations before entering into a ministry relationship.
After seeing the need to build and maintain healthy ministry relationships between pastors and churches, Ed became the national director of Pastor-in-Residence (PIR) ministries. PIR helps pastors in transition by linking them with a church trained to help them refocus their thoughts on the Lord and review their call for ministry.
The program lasts between six to twelve months, during which time the pastor is given the title “pastor in residence”. He is given some form of ministry responsibilities in the refuge church that is sponsoring the program. The goal of PIR is to provide a variety of resources to address common issues that arise within a church/pastor relationship. PIR also offers assessments to help pastors identify personal giftedness and personality traits, and provides coaching and consulting services.
The Lochmoellers have served as InFaith field staff since 1982.
Ed received a BA in Christian Education and Pastoral Ministries from Point Loma University and an MBA from Azusa Pacific University. Since joining InFaith, he has been involved in pastoring, church planting, camping, and youth ministries.
The Lochmoellers have two adult daughters and seven grandchildren.