Are you considering attending Seminary? Would you like to learn more about the experience from other Concordia Seminary students and graduates? We have developed resources to help you discern the call to ministry and navigate the process of becoming a student.
Student Recruitment Ambassadors
Student Recruitment Ambassadors (SRAs) aim to build relationships with prospective students near where they live and work, and help them discern whether ministry and Concordia Seminary should be part of their future.
Read more about each one of our SRAs below to learn more about them and find inspiration for your own journey. Find the closest SRA to you and reach out today. They are ready to talk with you.
Deaconess Kristina PaulAffton, Mo.
Connections Coordinator, Concordia Lutheran Church, Kirkwood, Mo.
- Background: “During college I realized I had deep questions about my faith, ones that couldn’t fit on a trivia card, so God led me to pursue answers to those questions at the Sem, and from there, to become a deaconess in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.”
- Highlight from Seminary: “I was able to walk through that time with an amazing cohort of sister and brother students, and those shared experiences, both the struggles and joys, were deeply meaningful.”
- Advice for prospective students: “Pray — both alone and alongside others — trusted mentors, family members and believers. (Also, get the reading lists early if you can.)”
Rev. Will HankeBrentwood, Mo.
Pastor, Mount Calvary Lutheran Church and Preschool, Brentwood, Mo.
- Background: “By the age of 10, I had people telling me I should be a pastor, and by age 13 I had made that the plan for my life. I love finding creative ways to share the Gospel of Jesus.”
- Highlight from Seminary: “Seminary was a blast! I enjoyed the brotherhood, and loved playing sports and talking theology with my friends. I built lifelong friendships in Seminary.”
- Advice for prospective students: “Listen to those who are encouraging you to come to Seminary and ask them questions. Ask them why they think you should be a pastor, what qualities do they see, etc.”
Rev. Micah SteinerCentennial, Colo.
Director, Missional Living, Our Father Lutheran Church, Centennial, Colo.
- Background: “Even though I grew up in a great home, with loving and faithful parents, and attended a Lutheran elementary school, I was a rebellious kid and struggled in my faith life while in high school. However the Lord never stopped pursuing me, and while on a study abroad trip to India in college, I entered into a season of repentance, and came back to the states with a renewed appreciation for my baptismal identity in Christ and the grace God had poured out on me. As a result, I was led into a life of church work, first as a Director of Christian Education and later as a pastor through the Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) Program at Concordia Seminary.”
- Highlight from Seminary: “From a young age people told me that someday I would be a pastor, which of course I fought for more than 35 years! I love serving the Lord in this role, and found my time at the Seminary invaluable in helping prepare me to serve as a pastor in the LCMS.”
- Advice for prospective students: “The Lord is at work in your life, forming you to be a pastor who will serve His church. Let your ultimate identity be formed by Him, resting in His grace.”
Rev. Chris BodleyDetroit, Mich.
Director, Acts 2 Enterprise and Missionary At-Large, Detroit, Mich.
- Background: “I have pastored a church in Orlando for 14 years, planted a multiethnic church in Sanford, Fla., and served as a United States Navy chaplain for 12 years.”
- Highlight from Seminary: “I was greatly impacted by Dr. Robert Newton in a spiritual formation class in my fourth year. Dr. Newton’s insights and Christ-like character have influenced how I understand character and leadership development through the lens of biblical theology.”
- Advice for prospective students: “Invest heavily in reading and memorizing the Word of God so that your academics may deeply complement your educational development.”
Rev. Dawit BokreHayward, Calif.
Senior Pastor, Good Shepherd Lutheran, Hayward, Calif.
- Background: “I was born in Asmera, Eritrea (East Africa). My parents showed me firsthand what it meant to be loved by Jesus. They passed away before I turned 13, but they planted the seed, they showed me the ‘way,’ they fought a good fight.”
- Highlight from Seminary: “I grew up in a ‘high church’ with the same liturgy but a different language, and it was just beautiful to experience it in English and to have communion with saints who don’t look like me but are one with me through Christ.”
- Advice for prospective students: “We are not perfect, but you will learn what it means to center everything in the risen Christ.”
Rev. Lee HopfKlein, Texas
Youth Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church, Klein, Texas
- Background: “By the time I was 14, through the encouragements of people in my congregation, I knew I would end up pursuing pastoral ministry. I knew I wanted to spend my life helping others and I found being a pastor was one of the best ways I could do that.”
- Highlight from Seminary: “To this day I deeply enjoy the relationships I developed with my peers, the staff of Concordia Seminary and my professors. I experienced a genuine life-together with the campus community through the classroom, chapel services, times in Wartburg Hall, sports, and both intentional and unintentional times of celebration and fellowship.”
- Advice for prospective students: “Trust God with the process. Many of us went ‘kicking and screaming to the pulpit’ because of our own self-doubts. God has always done and continues to do His incredible work through imperfect people, like you and me. Embrace the process and lean into it.”
Rev. Germán Novelli Jr.Milwaukee, Wis.
Pastor, Grace Ev. Lutheran Church (Comunidad de Gracia), Milwaukee, Wis.
- Background: “I was born and raised in Venezuela, and I came to the United States in 2012 to begin my ministry at Grace.”
- Highlight from Seminary: “I think my Seminary experience was unique, with three programs involved [Specific Ministry Pastor Program, Center for Hispanic Studies and Master of Divinity Program]. The Seminary is one of the greatest blessings I have in my life.”
- Advice for prospective students: “‘Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain’ (1 Cor. 15:58 ESV). God can do great things through us, His servants!”
Rev. Warren LattimoreNew Orleans, La.
Pastor, St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church, New Orleans, La.
- Background: “Born in Chicago, I am the son of a Chicago Transit Authority comptroller and a farmer’s daughter who became an occupational therapy assistant. I left home to go to Pearson College in Canada only to return and attend the University of Chicago, learning what it means to love God with all my heart, soul and mind.”
- Highlight from Seminary: “Going down to Kaldi’s with four or five classmates and supporting one another in brotherly love.”
- Advice for prospective students: “Examine yourself. Make sure you are coming for the right reasons. Through the lens of vocation, we are to be anchored in our love of neighbor and faith in God.”