Becky Swanson, '05, served as a church musician for 20 years before enrolling in the master of sacred music program at Luther Seminary. What prompted her, after all that time, to pursue the degree? Some people get a nudge by the Holy Spirit, she said. She, on the other hand, needed an anvil, she explained, laughing.
Music Leader & Choir Director
Edina Community Lutheran Church
"I grew up in a congregation that fostered young musicians and have always felt 'right' in that setting," Halland said. His undergraduate degree qualified him for many church music positions, "But I felt ... I needed a stronger foundation of education before I would feel comfortable serving a congregation."
Director of Children and Family Ministry
American Lutheran Church
Grand Junction, CO
Children are not only the church of the future, but are the church now.
There's the call that's inside of you and there's the call that comes from other people. I listened to both.
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Look up "church" in the dictionary and you'll find a picture of Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, says Pastor Ivy L. Borgstrom. Borgstrom, a 2004 Luther Seminary graduate, serves as associate pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran.
Master of Social Work & Master of Arts, International Alum
From their genesis in Jerusalem, churches have always struggled with how to integrate social and theological concerns. For Olga Auchenbach (MA/MSW 2002), this integration was achieved through a unique program administered jointly by Luther Seminary and Augsburg College.
Doctor of Philosophy Student
St. Peter's Lutheran Church
Studying another belief system has enabled me to come to a deeper understanding of Christianity's unique claims. Faithful Christians are called to love their neighbors, and understanding our neighbor is the first step to love.
Ph.D., International Alum
I chose to attend Luther because it had a good reputation in the world of theological studies and a large, diverse faculty body made up of well-known scholars. Also, the community was warm and welcoming. The student body was also diverse.
Zion Lutheran Church
I am an identifiable friend and confidant, whom people can approach and converse with in the confidence that I offer an empathetic ear and a strong word of hope.