We knew that this is where we needed to be. We liked the community, chapel, and the classes I attended... I’m excited and a little worried about the challenges ahead.
Student Profile: Paul Eldred
Paul Eldred always had an inkling that he was called to ministry, but resisted it. Prior to the ELCA’s decision in 2009, he couldn’t act on his call. He’s a pastor’s kid who grew up in Washington state and Alaska, and he is a gay man in a lifelong partnership.
“I thought I’d go to law school,” Eldred says. “I clerked in a law office in Seattle,Wash., for a few years and I also worked on a congressional campaign. I realized that neither was the kind of atmosphere I wanted to live in.”
After Eldred took some time reconsider what was most important in his life, he decided it was time to pursue his call to ministry.
He and his spouse, Ryan, visited another seminary and were fairly certain that was where Paul would go. Then they came to LSTC. “We knew that this is where we needed to be. We liked the community, chapel, and the classes I attended.”
Eldred is used to city life, but is still surprised by Chicago’s sprawl. “When I go to churches on the north side, I can’t believe it takes me 45 minutes to get there.”
Of seminary, he says, “I’m excited and a little worried about the challenges ahead. People tell me that CPE is really good, but also can be very hard. The same thing for internship.”
Eldred received an ELCA Fund for Leaders in Mission scholarship, a Munderloh Scholarship and support from his congregation and fraternity.