After a number of years and a lot of encouragement and prayer, I made the commitment to go to seminary. From the first time I set foot on the LSTC campus, I felt that this was the place for me to prepare to follow my call.
Student Profile: Doug Liston
Degree: M.Div., intern
Douglas Liston: It took a number of years and a lot of encouragement and prayer before I made the commitment to go to seminary. And going back to school after so many years away was a daunting prospect. But from the first time I set foot on the LSTC campus, I felt that this was the place for me to prepare to follow my call.
As a commuter student, I thought it would be difficult to build relationships with my classmates and professors. But at every turn, the students and faculty have helped me to be a part of the community – an enjoyable and engaging experience.
During the fall semester of my middler year, my journey through seminary took an unusual turn. My home congregation decided to leave the ELCA because many of its members did not agree with the decisions made at the 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. The bishop of my synod asked me to help establish and lead a new mission congregation to provide pastoral care and weekly worship opportunities for those people in the congregation who did not want to leave the ELCA.
After much prayer and careful consideration, I agreed. Everyone at LSTC is helping me to continue my studies and fulfill requirements for ordination as I serve my new congregation, Together in Christ. During my last two years at LSTC, I will be doing a two-year part-time internship there under the supervision of a nearby pastor while I complete my course work.