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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, […]

Following in first graduate’s historic footsteps

By Kim Plummer Krull When Joel Heckmann needed to write a research paper on a “topic of interest” for his LCMS history class at Concordia Seminary, no subject immediately came to mind — until he mentioned the assignment to his grandparents, who suggested he look no further than his own family tree. That’s when Heckmann […]

Laudamus sings ‘Were You There’

The Laudamus men’s choir from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis sings “Were You There” during a performance at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pueblo, Colo., Feb. 21, 2017, as part of its Spring 2017 Concert Tour. The choir began its spring tour in February 2017 and made six stops in four states through mid-March. Learn more at […]

Grace Hits Home

By Mark Seifrid “We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part” (2 Cor. 8:1-2 ESV). Paul wants the […]

Words of Wisdom

Dr. Gillian Bond Director, Residential Deaconess Program Do you care about people and enjoy getting to know them? Deaconesses work with people in many different contexts, walking with them through both good times and trying times. We follow our Lord in meeting people where they are, and we share His love with them holistically. This […]

'This is what I’m made for'

By Melanie Ave James Kirschenmann was a pastor’s kid who spent five years of his childhood at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church—College Hill, on the outskirts of downtown St. Louis. It was a turbulent time in the neighborhood, filled with much racial tension. But something about his time there from 1963-68 left a lasting impression on […]

‘It makes the commitment worthwhile’

“This is what I’m going to be seeing. This is it.” That’s what Ryan Schnake has to say about the year he spent in Resident Field Education (RFE) and how it cemented his commitment to full-time pastoral ministry. “It showed me the end goal of my commitment, helping bring people to the Gospel,” said Schnake, […]

A bountiful harvest

Farming and the church are both deeply ingrained in Steve Struecker’s life. It would be hard to leave one for the other. Fortunately, he doesn’t have to. A student in the Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) program at Concordia Seminary, Struecker is a lifelong farmer born and raised in West Bend, Iowa, two and a half […]

Three pursuits for a thoughtful professor

Dr. Joel Okamoto has long been known at Concordia Seminary for his challenging questions and courses. As a professor of systematics, it is his job to teach students to explain God and Scripture in a rational, “systematic” way. But more specifically, it has become his passion to teach students to craft answers to the real […]

Student Spotlight: Mission-focused student finds opportunities at CSL

Editor’s Note: The following article, “Mission-focused student finds opportunities at CSL: Dave, Gretchen, Malachi, and Raelynn McGinley, Mid-South District”, is reprinted from the Winter 2014 edition of Concordia Seminary magazine, a publication of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Dave McGinley is currently a vicar at LakePointe Lutheran Church in Hot Springs, Ark. Dave McGinley always had […]

Servant Spotlight: Dr. Gillian Bond’s Journey to Ministry

Growing up in England, Gillian Bond didn’t realize a willingness to follow her calling would take her from the United Kingdom to Illinois, New Mexico, back to Illinois, and finally to a Lutheran seminary to serve as a deaconess and as the director of deaconess studies. But that’s exactly what God did, and Gillian couldn’t […]