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.
Gethsemane Lutheran Church
"Following college I had two choices, go to seminary or move to Vail, Colo., and be a ski bum-- I went to Vail." But God's call followed him there.
Burlington Lutheran Church
Mary Bosell has been on quite a ride since she graduated from Luther Seminary. While she now serves as associate pastor at Burlington Lutheran Church in Burlington, Wash., parish ministry wasn't always the first option in Bosell's mind.
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."
Director of the Student Resource Center
My being an AIM gives the church an opportunity to affirm the gifts I see in myself and to know that I am not alone.
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."
The MSM program really gave me a sense of vocation. I grow as a person of faith as I do what I love.
Doctor of Philosophy Student
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.
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.