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Calls and Vicarage Assignments Issued During Winter Placement at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, is pleased to announce that seven students received calls to be pastors in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). Ten students received vicarage assignments through the Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) program. The assignments were celebrated during the Seminary’s morning chapel service on Feb. 10.

Calls into the Pastoral Ministry

Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree program

  • Aaron Bell, assoc. pastor, Holy Cross, St. Cloud, Minn., Minnesota North District
  • William Brath, assoc. pastor, Trinity Evangelical, Orlando, Fla., Florida-Georgia District
  • Karl Gibbs, pastor, Our Savior Evangelical, Milford, Ill., Central Illinois District
  • Bradley Malone, exec. pastor, Lamb of God Evangelical, Seattle, Wash., Northwest District
  • Jonathan Rusnak, pastor, Shepherd of the Lake, Garrison, Minn., Minnesota North District
  • Kyle Schwan, pastor, Trinity Evangelical, Hartford, S.D., South Dakota District

Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) program

  • Jeffrey Kunsman, assistant pastor, The Church of St. Luke, North York, Ontario, Canada, English District

Vicarage Assignments

Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) program

  • Mark Doede, Our Shepherd, Birmingham, Mich., Michigan District
  • William Hood, Seattle Lutheran High School, Seattle, Wash., Northwest District
  • Paul Koehler, St. John’s, Motley, Minn., Minnesota North District
  • Daniel Schultz, Zion, Hopkins, Minn., Minnesota South District
  • Raleigh Sims, Ascension, Casselberry, Fla., Florida-Georgia District
  • John Suguitan, Prince of Peace, Cincinnati, Ohio, Ohio District
  • Scott Thomas, Trinity, Lisle, Ill., Northern Illinois District
  • Lewis Upchurch, Hope, Wake Forest, N.C., Southeastern District
  • Jason Weber, Fellowship of Faith, McHenry, Ill., Northern Illinois District
  • Matthew Wipperman, Christ Memorial, Fitchburg, Wis., South Wisconsin District

For more information, contact creative services, Concordia Seminary, 801 Seminary Place, St. Louis, MO 63105; 314-505-7379;

Call assignments, front row, from left: Aaron Bell, Jonathan Rusnak, Bradley Malone, Karl Gibbs, Kyle Schwan, Dr. Timothy Saleska; back row, Dr. Dale Meyer, Rev. Robert Hoehner, and Dr. Bruce Hartung.

SMP vicarage assignments, front row, from left: Dr. Dale Meyer, Mark Doede, William Hood,  Raleigh Sims, Scott Thomas, Paul Koehler, Dr. Bruce Hartung; back row, from left: Dr. Glenn Nielsen, Daniel Schultz, John Suguitan, Lewis Upchurch, Jason Weber, Matthew Wipperman, and Dr. David Wollenburg.