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SMP, GPC students celebrate calls, program completions

Seminary recognizes 31 students

SMP, GPC students

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis celebrated 29 Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) Program students and two General Pastor Certification (GPC) Program students Friday in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus for receiving new calls and for completing the program. Some of the men attended the service on campus, while others participated virtually from their various ministry locations across the country.

“We rejoice with these SMP and GPC students, those celebrating new calls and those completing the program,” said SMP Program Director Dr. W. Mart Thompson. “For their service in specific ministries across the country, we give thanks to our Lord. We share in this joy with their families and those they serve in the holy ministry!”

SMP calls, program completions

SMP calls

Fourteen students were recognized for pastoral calls:

  • David (Kerry) Boone, CrossPoint Lutheran Church, El Paso, Texas, LCMS Rocky Mountain District
  • Chad Bresson, call pending to The Table of Los Fresnos Lutheran Church, Los Fresnos, Texas, LCMS Texas District
  • Ellory Glenn, Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church, St. Louis, Mo., LCMS English District
  • William Harder, placement pending, Palatine, Ill., LCMS Northern Illinois District
  • Myron Harms, call pending to Messiah Lutheran Church, Oklahoma City, Okla., LCMS Oklahoma District
  • George Holleway, Emmaus Road Lutheran Church, Katy, Texas, LCMS Texas District
  • Christopher Kolupa, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Burbank, Ill., LCMS Northern Illinois District
  • Cyril Loum, call pending to Faith Lutheran Church, Oakville, Mo., LCMS Missouri District
  • Joshua Nix, Trinity Lutheran Church, Hillsboro, Ore., LCMS Northwest District
  • Mark Novacek, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Roselle, Ill., LCMS Northern Illinois District
  • William Roberts, Faith Lutheran Church, Sebring, Fla., LCMS Florida-Georgia District
  • Alan Shaw, Resurrection Lutheran Church, Cary, N.C., LCMS Southeastern District
  • Art Stevens, Grace Lutheran Church, Los Angeles, Calif., LCMS Pacific Southwest District
  • Dale Ward, New Beginnings Lutheran Church, Pacific, Mo., LCMS Missouri District

SMP program completion

Fifteen students were recognized for completing the SMP Program:

  • David (Kerry) Boone, CrossPoint Lutheran Church, El Paso, Texas, LCMS Rocky Mountain District
  • Jeffrey Coble, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Rock Hill, S.C., LCMS Southeastern District
  • Tyler Cronkright, Family of God Lutheran Church, Detroit, Mich., LCMS Michigan District
  • Joseph Glombicki, Immanuel Lutheran Church,   East Dundee, Ill., LCMS Northern Illinois District
  • William Harder, placement pending, Palatine, Ill., LCMS Northern Illinois District
  • Steven Headley, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Cedar Park, Texas, LCMS Texas District
  • George Holleway, Emmaus Road Lutheran Church/Forterra Lutheran Church, Katy/Cypress, Texas, LCMS Texas District
  • Peter LeBorious, Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Warner Robins, Ga., LCMS Florida-Georgia District
  • Cyril Loum, call pending to Faith Lutheran Church, Oakville, Mo., LCMS Missouri District
  • William Murphy, Hope Lutheran Church, Bonita Springs, Fla., LCMS Florida-Georgia District
  • James Pevy, Faith Lutheran Church, Fair Oaks, Calif., LCMS California-Nevada-Hawaii District
  • William Pierce,  Our Redeemer Lutheran Church/St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Honolulu/ Kauai, Hawaii, LCMS California-Nevada-Hawaii District
  • Adam Schoepflin, The Life Lutheran Church/Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School, Old Westbury, N.Y., LCMS Atlantic District
  • Micah Steiner, Our Father Lutheran Church, Centennial, Colo., LCMS Rocky Mountain District
  • Jeffrey Sutherlin, Christ Greenfield Lutheran Church, Gilbert, Ariz., LCMS Pacific Southwest District
Concluding GPC students June 2021
Concluding GPC students recognized in chapel June 25.

GPC program completion

Two students were recognized for completing the GPC Program:

  • Brian (Azor) Cigelske, Zion Lutheran Church, New Holstein, Wis., LCMS South Wisconsin District
  • Thomas Boeck, Marco Lutheran Church, Marco Island, Fla., LCMS Florida-Georgia District

The Seminary recognizes and celebrates calls throughout the year although the campus’ primary Call Day celebration typically is held in April. During call celebrations, students receive their first calls to ministry as well as assignments for vicarages and deaconess internships. The Seminary’s primary Call Day is set for April 26, 2022.

About Concordia Seminary

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis provides Gospel-centered graduate-level theological education for pastors, missionaries, deaconesses, scholars and other leaders in the name of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). To learn more, visit csl.edu.

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