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Calls, internship assignment announced at fall call service

Students recognized for completion of programs

First row, from left: Director of Deaconess Studies Dr. Gillian Bond, Dawn Werner, Joshua Makey, Sarah Rusche, Adam Flanick and Dean of Ministerial Formation Dr. Timothy Saleska. Second row, from left: Erwin Andrés Valencia Meneses, Seminary President Dr. Thomas J. Egger, Director of Placement Dr. Glenn Nielsen, Associate Dean of Urban and Cross-Cultural Ministry Dr. Ely Prieto, Director of the Center for Hispanic Studies Dr. Leopoldo A. Sánchez M., and Director of the Master of Divinity and Residential Alternate Route Programs Dr. David Lewis. Not pictured: Timothy Potthoff.

Representing four of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis’ programs, five students were recognized Friday in the Chapel of St. Timothy and Titus for receiving pastoral and diaconal calls and completing their programs, and one student was recognized for receiving her deaconess internship assignment. 

“I am confident that these men and women will seek to serve our Lord’s church faithfully and with well-developed skills,” said Dr. Glenn Nielsen, director of Placement, Vicarage and Deaconess Internships, and Certification. “Each name spoken represents a person who has been sent to bring Jesus to people in congregations and institutions who need His gracious and loving presence. Today was a joyous day, and we give praise to our God for these men and women.”

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

Two students completed the M.Div. Program, a residential Ministerial Formation program that prepares men for the pastoral office:

· Adam Flanick, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Gladwin, Mich., LCMS Michigan District
· Joshua Makey, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of South Hills, Pittsburgh, Penn., LCMS Eastern District

Center for Hispanic Studies (CHS)

One student was recognized for completing certification through CHS, the Seminary’s Spanish language pastoral and diaconal formation program:

· Erwin Andrés Valencia Meneses, call pending, Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Mount Prospect, Ill., LCMS Northern Illinois District

Cross-cultural Ministry Center (CMC)

One student completed pastoral preparation through the Cross-cultural Ministry Center, established by Concordia University, Irvine, Calif., in conjunction with Concordia Seminary and with the LCMS Pacific Southwest District, for service in the sociocultural contexts of specific ethnic populations and multicultural communities:

· Timothy Potthoff, Bethel Lutheran Church, Buena Park, Calif., LCMS Pacific Southwest District

Deaconess Studies

One student completed the Residential Deaconess Studies Program for certification as a commissioned deaconess; and one student completed requirements for internship eligibility:

Deaconess call placement

· Sarah Rusche, call pending, Lutheran Ministries of Mercy at Luther Home of Mercy, Williston, Ohio, LCMS Ohio District

Deaconess internship assignment

· Dawn Werner, Holy Cross Lutheran Church and School, Collinsville, Ill., LCMS Southern Illinois 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 next primary Call Day is set for April 26, 2023.

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