And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then I said, Here am I! Send me. Isaiah 6:8
On April 28 and 29, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne celebrated Call Day 2020. This annual celebration was held online for the first time in its multi-decade history.
Second year seminary students receive their vicarage and internship assignments and fourth year students receive their first calls to serve as pastors and deaconesses in Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod congregations throughout the country.
We congratulate and celebrate with our most recent crop of Concordia University Wisconsin alumni who received their placements and calls this week. We pray the Lord’s blessings on their ministry work ahead.
Among those who learned of their pastoral calls are:
Tyler Arends, Trinity Lutheran Church, Guymon, Oklahoma
Kevin Bender, Saints Peter and Paul Lutheran Church, Houghton, Michigan
Jacob Buday, Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, Lexington, Michigan
James Dorner, Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, Albany, New York
Joshua Gremminger, Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Westlake, Ohio
Colin Moon, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Same Reinhard, Saint Andrews Lutheran School, Park Ridge, Illinois
Brady Retzlaff, Living Hope Lutheran Church, Racine, Wisconsin
Nicholas Schram, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, St. Louis, Missouri
Grant Sorenson, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Madison, Wisconsin
Michael Stein, Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Beecher, Illinois
Jeremy Steinke, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Elmhurst, Illinois
Austin Wellhousen, Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, Walled Lake, Michigan
Tyler Werner, Trinity Lutheran Church, Faribault, Minnesota
Adam Wolfe, Divine Redeemer Lutheran Church, Hartland, Wisconsin
A CUW alumna also learned of her deaconess placement:
Taylor Brown-Fickenscher, The Texas District Board of Mission Administration – Serving Cristo El Salvador Lutheran Mission, Del Rio, Texas
Those who received vicarage placements include:
Emmett Bartens, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls, Iowa
John Dolde, Zion Lutheran Church, Painesville, Ohio
Luke Elowsky, Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Olathe, Kansas
Eric Gradberg, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Norfolk, Nebraska
Silas Hasselbrook, First Trinity Lutheran Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Nathaniel Konkel, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Moline, Illinois
Anthony Mandile IV, Philadelphia Lutheran Ministries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Austin Meier, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Columbus, Ohio
Benjamin Ramthun, Zion Lutheran Church, Bismarck, North Dakota
Alexander Smith, Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Saint Joseph, Missouri
Christopher Walters, Lutheran Life Villages, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Click here for a complete list of all Concordia Seminary, St. Louis assignments of calls and internships.
Click here for a complete list of all Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne assignments of calls and internships.
Revisit Call Day calls and placements from recent years:
We pray for all students considering church work vocations, and encourage those who would like to refer a prospective student to CUW’s pre-seminary program to connect with Director of Pre-Seminary Studies Rev. Ron Mudge. Learn more about CUW’s pre-seminary program.
— Rachel (Ferry) Thoms is a member of the strategic communications department at Concordia University. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-476-7736.
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