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Answering the call

by Douglas Rutt “Here am I! Send me.” Those words immediately take me back to more than 35 years ago, when I was a seminarian. Recruiters from LCMS World Mission were on campus to talk to us about opportunities to serve overseas. My wife, Deborah, and I had barely discussed it, but one afternoon we […]

From Refugee to Seminarian

by Rebekah Lukas In recent years, about 6,000 Myanmar (formerly Burma) refugees have sought new lives in Fort Wayne, Ind., as their home country transitions to a democracy. Many of the city’s churches, like Southwest Lutheran, have been stepping up and playing an integral role in caring for these refugees. The church provides ministry for […]

Christian stewardship a priority

By Kim Plummer Krull The deaths of their fathers within a week of each other in 2014 opened Kathryn and Dana Foat’s eyes to the importance of estate planning, something many people ignore. When they added up their own assets, they realized they had more than they thought. Because both their fathers had estate plans, […]

Q&A with Lara Harris

by Carly Hebron Lara Harris serves as the director of Campus Services at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, where she has been on staff for seven years. She began as an assistant and also served as an event coordinator before her promotion to director in 2013. She is married with two young children and is currently […]

Q&A with new Lutheran Hour Speaker

By Travis Scholl This fall, Dr. Michael Zeigler accepted the call to serve as Speaker of The Lutheran Hour, the legendary radio program of Lutheran Hour Ministries. Prior to this call, Zeigler served as pastor of Epiphany Lutheran Church in St. Louis. But he also is no stranger to Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. In addition […]

The Journey to Seminary life

By Melanie Ave They come from all over the country, all over the world. Some are fresh out of college. Others from first and even second careers. They are single. They are married. They are young. They are middle age. Dozens are here from other countries as they seek to grow in their knowledge of […]

Faithful Guild member, Seminary supporter

by Melanie Ave Years ago, Carol Petering’s friend who lives nearby asked her about the Concordia Seminary Guild. “You’re going to join the Sem Guild, aren’t you?” Petering remembers Joan Schlichter asking her. At the time, Petering’s son, Jonathan, was a seminarian who was preparing to be a pastor at Concordia Seminary. Pretty soon Petering […]

Call Day: From confusion to joy

by Tiffany Hudson Call Day 2015 remains a vivid memory for Rev. Matthew Schuler. Soon after hearing his first call as sole pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Oxford, Mich., he and his wife, Liz, cried. Their eyes were still red when they took a group photo with Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Michigan District President […]

Who are they? Where are they going?

A Snapshot of new vicars, pastors, graduates by Tiffany Hudson and Melanie Ave Spring is a busy time on the campus of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis as many of our students receive their assignments as vicars and deaconess interns, and our concluding students receive their first calls as pastors and deaconesses. It also marks Commencement […]

Ministering in times of need, trauma

by Kendra Whittle The call into the pastoral office is one that comes with a prescribed set of responsibilities — serving a congregation in Word and Sacrament ministry and overseeing the needs of Christians in their care. These duties are amplified in times of trauma — such as in a man-made or weather-related crisis. Such […]