I see myself rooted in the parish, helping form communities of faith and discipleship which equip the Body of Christ to live out the Gospel that has set us free.
Student Profile: Kevin Baker, M.Div.
Degree: M.Div. intern
I grew up Southern Baptist in a small town in southeast Texas. By the time I graduated high school I was struggling with some issues from the spiritual environment I knew: Why God who supposedly loved me was angry at me all the time; what grace was really about; why the rigid, literalist interpretations of the Bible seemed to be in contrast with every bit of common sense or modern knowledge; and so on. It was at Texas Lutheran University that I started to engage with these questions, thanks to some prodding from theology professors and campus pastors.
During my first year, decided on a double major in history and theology. I also started to find a huge freedom to ask questions, and to find not only answers that made sense to me, but also a real sense of God's grace and love for me, in Lutheran theology and worship.
A semester in Ghana, West Africa, woke me up to the world's need for Gospel - not merely a gracious word of personal salvific liberation, but a Gospel which addressed the brokenness and injustice of this world and offered alternatives.
Between college and seminary, I spent a year with Young Adults in Global Mission, working at a Lutheran parish in the city and at a social project in one of the marginalized neighborhoods on the edge of Montevideo, Uruguay.
Thanks to my time in Montevideo, I see myself rooted in the parish, helping form communities of faith and discipleship which equip the Body of Christ to live out the Gospel that has set us free.