My experience of LSTC has been one of community... whether it's having a potluck dinner with 20 people, meeting as a study group, or being able to see a smiling face in the library as I try to gather resources for a research paper.
Student Profile: Christina Garrett Klein
Seminary wasn’t what Christina had in mind for herself when she was growing up as a member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Lisle, Ill. As a biology student at Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.), she traveled to Ghana to study animal behavior. “God sent me a sign that was impossible to ignore – malaria,” she says. “This was God’s opportune time for me to reevaluate what I was doing with my life, hinting that it would not involve animal behaviors.”
Augustana’s campus ministry opened up the world of youth ministry to Christina. She considered attending seminary right after college, but decided to work as a youth minister at The Evangelical Lutheran Church of All Saints in Fox Lake, Ill. There, she continued to hear God’s call to continue her education at a seminary.
One day, a girl that Christina was tutoring told her that the Bible was no longer boring to her because Garrett made it sound cool. The next day Christina began gathering information about the candidacy process and applying for seminary.
Christina chose LSTC because of the vast resources it offers. She says, “As a summer intern at the churchwide office, I was able to listen to stories from LSTC alumni about how amazing the professors are… and it’s true! . . . My experience of LSTC has been one of community… whether it’s having a potluck dinner with 20 people, meeting as a study group, or being able to see a smiling face in the library as I try to gather resources for a research paper.”
“When I graduate from LSTC, I hope to work in parish or campus ministry, preaching the Gospel in a way that helps people deepen their faith and understand Christ’s love for them. . . I am more than certain that LSTC will assist in providing me with the tools and experience I need to minister to God’s people.”