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Q&A: Rev. Ted Doering (’14)

By Travis Scholl Since Pastor Ted Doering graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 2014, he and his wife, Chelsey, have been very busy people. Ted was called to Faith Lutheran Church in Georgetown, Texas, a suburb of Austin, as a church planter, not far from his hometown of Houston. He has planted Narrative Church […]

Finding future pastors, deaconesses

Rev. Jaime Nava hugs Joshua LaFeve during Commencement exercises in May 2017. Photo: Jill Gray Rev. Jaime Nava leads a Bible study discussion at Vocatio in June 2017. Photo: Kendra Whittle Rev. Scott Holder, right, was installed as an admissions officer during the Opening Service in August 2017. Also pictured, Seminary President Dr. Dale A. […]


By Mark Seifrid In his Preface to Romans, at the beginning of his discussion of faith, Martin Luther complains that “faith is not the human notion and dream that some people call faith.” As every Christian knows, we can say the same thing today! How often do we hear those who experience struggle, disappointment or […]

Coast to Coast

By Kim Plummer Krull When friends heard about Rob Bailey’s first call as associate pastor at a Houston, Texas, congregation with more than 2,000 baptized members, many likely pictured him at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, helping with worship and Bible studies. Instead, this new Seminary graduate’s main role is to plant a new church in […]

Q&A: Rev. Steve Carretto (’10)

By Melanie Ave Rev. Steve Carretto’s path to the ministry was a winding one — sometimes fraught with doubt — but today he is ably leading the congregation where he served his vicarage while a student at Concordia Seminary, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Boca Raton, Fla. In this wide-ranging conversation, Carretto shares the ups […]

Graduate to carry the Gospel to Alaska

By Kendra Whittle Standing at the front of the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus, Concordia Seminary’s Director of Placement Dr. Wallace Becker began announcing the list of students and their placements as pastors at congregations around the country. He read the first two names on the list and then, “Dustin Atkinson, Northwest District, […]

Dr. Meyer

From the President

Our seminaries are not graduating enough new pastors. This shortage is serious. Last April more than 60 congregations received the sad news on Call Day that there would be no graduate coming to their church. Some people come to worship rain or shine; almost nothing keeps them away. Others, sadly, have walked away from worship […]