Christ the King Lutheran Church
White Bear Lake, MN
My husband, Tim, and I were both seminarians. The pace of our lives was very demanding but worth it and we enjoyed looking forward to how God would use us.
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."
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.
Pastor of Children, Youth & Family Ministry
Hope Lutheran Church
Fargo, North Dakota
For Paul Nynas, both seminary education and pastoral ministry are all about teamwork.
"Going to St. Paul was like going to Mecca," explains Beverly Self, describing her feelings about coming to a place so rich with Lutheran culture.
I am from Madagascar ... from a village where the first Lutheran Norwegian missionaries made their station. Active involvement with the church gave me the desire to be a missionary and to be involved in the ministry of the church.
Diaconal Minister and Chaplain, Hospice Homecare
Master of Sacred Music Alum
In my interactions with fellow students, I appreciated how the community recognizes each other's gifts, whether it is music, youth ministry, social work or something else.
Minister of Worship and Music
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
In the beginning I was primarily interested in the music classes, but discovered that I thoroughly enjoyed the theology classes as well.
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.