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New pastors called to mission field

Concordia Seminary announces winter calls

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, announces four new pastoral calls.

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  • Patrick Fertitta, University Lutheran Church, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) Southern District
  • James Garnett, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Biloxi, Mississippi, LCMS Southern District

Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology (EIIT)

  • Sabir Bashir, LINC North Texas, Dallas, Texas, LCMS Texas District
  • Moses Thao, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, LCMS South Wisconsin District

The majority of call assignments to seminarians are made in the spring, when most students complete their coursework. However, when students complete the necessary requirements during fall or winter quarters, they are eligible for calls at that time.

“The Concordia Seminary community joins with the Church at large in rejoicing with these candidates and thanking the Lord of the Church for providing laborers for the harvest field,” says Rev. Wayne Knolhoff, director of placement. “We ask the Lord’s blessing on them and the churches they will serve.”

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