Ben is a recipient of the Viljo I. Heinman Scholarship at LSTC, awarded to a student of Finnish descent.
At LSTC, Ben is gaining the urban experience he felt he needed. Being in Chicago has opened his eyes to justice issues that he says didn't see when he lived in suburbia.
Student Profile: Benjamin Adams
Ben Adams felt a call to ministry while earning a degree in business and finance at John Carroll University. “I worked for great companies on my summer internships and I had good experiences, but I could feel that that kind of work just wasn’t fulfilling for me,” Ben says.
He completed the five-year combined bachelor’s and master’s degree program, then began the master of divinity program at LSTC in fall 2010.
Church has been part of Ben’s life from the time he was a child in Livonia, Michigan. When he was at college he found Bethlehem Lutheran Church in nearby Cleveland Heights, where the congregation embraced him. “Pastor Jessica Shields played a large part in my ability to discern my call to ministry. Without her guidance, I’m not sure if I would have known where God was leading me.”
Ben is a recipient of the Viljo I. Heinman Scholarship at LSTC, awarded to a student of Finnish descent. “I’m honored and grateful to have received this scholarship. I’m 51% Finnish,” Ben says. “I identify strongly with that part of my ancestry.”
At LSTC, Ben is gaining the urban experience he felt he needed. Being in Chicago has opened his eyes to justice issues that he says didn’t see when he lived in suburbia. Classes he’s taken through the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE) are shaping his ideas about ministry. He is still discerning what type of ministry he hopes to do. “Parish ministry,” Ben says. “But lately I’ve also felt a call to prison chaplaincy.”