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Todd Wright

Todd Wright

Service in his home congregation, such as volunteering with PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter), working with a high school program, and mentoring confirmands led Wright to think about going to seminary.

It was a total leap of faith. I had been listening to the lectionary readings all spring and I just kept hearing the word calling to me ‘Now! Now is the time. . .’

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Student Profile: Todd Wright

Degree: M.Div.

Todd Wright describes his weekly schedule for his first semester in the M.Div. program as two “mini-weeks.” He drives 90 minutes from his home in Round Lake, Ill., each Sunday evening and spends the next three days in classes and working at the Zygon Center.

On Wednesday afternoons, the drive home takes about two hours. Wright meets his family at his church in Wauconda for the mid-week family night meal, and then leads a confirmation group of 8th grade boys, some of whom he’s shepherded since kindergarten Sunday school.

Service in his home congregation, such as volunteering with PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter), working with a high school program, and mentoring confirmands led Wright to think about going to seminary. As a Navy veteran, he’s also discerning a call to chaplaincy with the Veteran’s Administration.

Wright, an information technology manager, left a job at a large corporation to come to LSTC. He says, “It was a total leap of faith. I had been listening to the lectionary readings all spring and I just kept hearing the word calling to me ‘Now! Now is the time. . .’”

When he talked it over with his family, they were supportive, but had concerns. “I was thinking I would start seminary part-time, but could go full-time if I could find a job at LSTC. It had to be here to make it work. And then I applied for and got the job with the Zygon Center. I’ve had some small miracles along the way that led me to this path.”

Wright received a Servant Scholarship, good for all three years of classroom studies. He also received a Munderloh Scholarship which may be renewable for three years. “The scholarships really do help. We will have to be very mindful of our financial stewardship while I am in seminary.”  He’s waiting to hear about support from his congregation.

 

 

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