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.
Regional Representative for Jerusalem and the Middle East, Lutheran World Federation
The Lord makes strange days for Palestinians and Israelis, locked in a struggle for the same Holy Land.
"It's easier to be a faithful Christian here," he says quietly. "You're prompted every day to wake up and reaffirm that today is the day that the Lord has made."
There's the call that's inside of you and there's the call that comes from other people. I listened to both.
Assistant professor of pastoral care and counseling
China Lutheran Seminary
To be a teacher and a counselor has been my passion for the ministry. I am called to be His servant to fulfill His mission in the fields of teaching and counseling.
Mary Lou Baumgartner
King of Kings Lutheran Church
New Windsor, NY
I've come to learn how important it is to celebrate Sabbath, to draw boundaries around time, and to nurture myself as a daughter of God so I can continue to be a servant of God.
Director of Youth and Family Ministry
Lord of Life Lutheran Church
Maple Grove, Minn.
Todd loves what he does every day, calling ministry to junior and senior high youth "the greatest work of the church."
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.
The prospect of embarking on a four-year seminary education can be daunting. But imagine adding a four-year undergraduate degree requirement to that. That's what Deborah Hutterer (M.Div. 2004) faced when colleagues encouraged her to go into the preaching ministry.
There is such intense scrutiny of Islam in the United States these days that one might think Americans were unaware of its practice in this country until the Sept. 11 attacks.
But for Masresha Chufa, '05, the co-existence of Islam and Christianity was not only the focus of his education at Luther Seminary, but a fact of life in his native Ethiopia for centuries. Relations between the two religions are peaceful, he said, a status he hopes his training will help maintain.
Master of Divinity, '03
Seminary life presents opportunities to marriage. My wife was very supportive of me becoming a pastor. Her encouragement meant a great deal to me. Though it wasn't always easy, seminary brought us closer and enriched our love for each other.