Jubilee minister Amy Steinberg to step down

According to a newsletter from the Jubilee! Community Church’s board of directors, Amy Steinberg will step down as minister after less than six months in the position.

“It took great courage to step into the changes of the past year. … after a great period of discernment, the Jubilee! Board of Directors agreed that the path we engaged must change. Amy will be leaving Jubilee!,” the statement read. “We recognize that this change will be hard for some.”

The newsletter did not explain the reason behind the change or who will replace Steinberg.

The church launched a search for a new minister after Jubliee!’s founder and leader of 30 years, the Rev. Howard Hanger, announced his plans to retire from the position in May 2018. Jubilee!’s 12-member board chose Steinberg, a Jewish singer, writer and performer, as Hanger’s successor in May 2019. Steinberg relocated to Asheville from San Diego to begin her tenure at Jubilee! in September. 

“With what feels like a sudden change, and amidst all of the unknowns in our lives, we can assure you, Jubilee!’s future is strong!” the board wrote. “We are on a good and blessed path.”

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