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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 […]

Q & A with new Seminary Provost

by Travis Scholl This summer, Dr. Douglas Rutt accepted the call to be the new provost at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. In this role Rutt will become one of three members of the Seminary’s Executive Management Team, which also includes the president and executive vice president/chief operating officer. He will serve as the Seminary’s chief […]

Dear future students

Edited by Travis Scholl Due in no small part to the encouragement of my parents and my pastor, I’ve known since middle school that I would attend the Seminary. In my mind it was always a matter of when and not if. In retrospect, my Seminary education began both later and earlier than I expected, […]

First an accounting major, now a pastoral student

By Tiffany Hudson First-year Master of Divinity (M.Div.) student Christian Pieper can’t start a class without being asked if he’s related to Franz Pieper, the former president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. “I get asked that in almost every introductory class,” he laughed. “As far as I know, I’m not.” Pieper never seriously considered becoming […]

Guiding students as registrar

By Tiffany Hudson When Beth Menneke started working at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, she began, as she puts it, as “an assistant to an assistant.” Now serving as the Seminary’s registrar, Menneke feels blessed that God led her to work at the Seminary even though it was not the career she had planned. She grew […]