At long last, a church of his own
After years of filling in elsewhere, Hallack Greider is the new pastor at Maplewood Presbyterian.
By Caleb Hutton
Saturday, January 20, 2018 1:30am
EDMONDS — The Rev. Hallack Greider has shepherded many churches through transitions, as an interim pastor in Silverdale, Kirkland, Mill Creek, Oak Harbor and Edmonds.
“Some churches I’ve gone into have been troubled, where there was a conflict or something,” he said. “So it’s my job to kind of go in and triage the situation, and kind of get (the church) to a settled place. And I actually kind of like that.”
Some were grieving the loss of their longtime beloved leader. Greider would parachute in to unfamiliar ground to deliver a sermon, searching for the right tone. He would fill in for months or even a couple of years, to prepare things for the next long-term pastor.
He would keep in mind: “If I were stepping into this new job, what would I want the interim pastor to have done?” More than two years into his stint at Maplewood Presbyterian in Edmonds, in fall he found out who the successor would be. Himself.