CUW alumni receive pastoral calls

“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 24-25, 2018, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne celebrated Call Day where students learned the placement of their first calls to pastoral and diaconal ministry as well as vicarage assignments.

We congratulate our most recent crop of Concordia University Wisconsin alumni who received calls to serve as pastors in LCMS congregations across the country. We pray the Lord’s blessings on their ministry work ahead.

Among those who learned of their pastoral calls are:

Eric Bednash, St. James Lutheran Church, Overlea, MD

Daniel Clemens, King of Kings Lutheran Church, Kansas City, MO

Andrew Coop, Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Ankeny, IA

Marshal Frisque, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Fredonia, WI

Stefan Gramenz, Lutheran Church of Christ The King, Pawling, NY

Andrew Harris, Christ Lutheran Church, Clinton, WI

Casey Kegley, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Ridgewood, NJ

Noah Kegley, Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, West Allis, WI

Adam Kosberg, Calvary Lutheran Church Charleston, SC

Joshua Schmidt, Lutheran Church of Messiah, Grand Junction, CO

Nathan Schultz, Saint John Lutheran Church, Bloomfield, NJ

Erik Sorenson, St. Peter Lutheran Church, Columbus, IN

Ethan Spira, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Lake Mary, FL

Joshua Vanderhyde, Faith Lutheran Church, Carbondale, CO

Andrew Wolfgram, Saint John Lutheran Church, Groton, SD

Andrew Wolfgram, Zion Lutheran Church, Andover, SD


A CUW alumna also learned of her deaconess call:

Sarah (Ludwig) Newton, Saint John Lutheran Church, Park Rapids, MN


Those who received vicarage placements include:

Tyler Arends, Ascension Lutheran Church, Huntsville, AL

Michael Bekx, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Highland, IN

Kevin Bender, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Washington, MO

Jacob Buday, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, North Canton, OH

Joshua Gremminger, Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Flemington, NJ

Nathaniel Jensen, Kaiserslautern Lutheran Church, Kaiserslautern, Germany

John Karolus, Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Boca Raton, FL

Colin Moon, Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Green Bay, WI

Sam Reinhard, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Lakewood, CO

Brady Retzlaff, Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, Colorado Springs, CO

Nicholas Schram, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Garden City, NY

Grant Sorenson, Faith Lutheran Church, Green Bay, WI

Michael Stein, Lutheran Senior Services, St. Louis, MO

Jeremy Steinke, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Jacksonville Beach, FL

Benjamin Vanderhyde, LCMS Office for International Mission, St. Louis, MO

Tyler Werner, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Seymour, IN

Adam Wolfe, Saint Lorenz Lutheran Church, Frankenmuth, MI

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 at CUW also offers an overnight retreat, named Servants of Christ, for high school students interested in pursuing church work vocations. This summer, Servants of Christ will be held on July 29-30 on Concordia’s Mequon campus.

Learn more about CUW’s pre-seminary program here.

Click here for a complete list of all Concordia Seminary, St. Louis assignment of calls and internships. Click here for a complete list of all Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne assignment of calls and internships. (Feature image courtesy of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.)

— Rachel (Ferry) Thoms is a member of the strategic communications department at Concordia University. She may be reached at or 734-476-7736.

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