Retired missionaries, teachers, Kenneth and Eloise Dale embody LSTC's values “LSTC has always been very close to my heart,” said Kenneth Dale (Augustana, 1950, MDiv), when he and his wife, Eloise, made a leadership commitment to Giving Day. The Dales embodied many of LSTC’s values and commitments in their long ministry in Japan and even after their retirement.
Hendels privileged to share gift they hope will inspire others “Dedicated” and “love” sum up the Hendels’ relationship to LSTC, to the church, and to each other. Together they have supported the seminary and the church in many and various ways.
Katie Mueller: Called to ministry at age 8 and finally at seminary I'm overjoyed to be surrounded by people who want to talk about faith and spirituality at a moment's notice. Who knew I wasn't the only one? (Fall 2020 Epistle)
Maddie Tallman & Corey Bergman: ‘Getting married during seminary was a hoot’ "The church needs leaders who aren't afraid to preach on the sin of racism. By creating leaders with courage, LSTC also has a huge role in creating support systems for leaders as well. We all know we can't do this alone, we need each other. LSTC helped teach me that, and my dream is that it keeps up that goal and shows the world just how a seminary can in fact do and say the hard things without fear." -Maddie Tallman (Summer Epistle 2020)
Adam and Elle Dowd: ‘Our work will always be collaborative’ “Wherever we land—our work will always be collaborative because we live together. That’s just part of it.” -Adam Dowd (Summer 2020 Epistle magazine)
Erik Boss: Striving to be ‘exceedingly patient through understanding’ “I imagine Plato and Aristotle, forming and developing their perspectives and ideas based on the dialogue between them and their students… My journey is far from over.”
Liz Kuster: ‘Glad to be on this journey within this community’ “I am drawn to ministry because I am resiliently hope filled, and I feel called to spread that hope. I feel this need to encourage the idea that we can do better; and I hope to empower people to be brave enough to take the first steps towards making positive changes in both their lives and their communities.”
Lora Salley's internships prepared her for Word and Service chaplaincy “What a blessing it is to put theory and theology into practice, to put into action one's love of God and love of neighbor, to be a public church. This experience has prepared me for professional ministry. It’s given me what I need to move forward in the process of becoming a board-certified chaplain.”
‘Thanks, bishop.’ A gift officer reflects on a lifelong ministry and a pastor’s legacy “No need to take me up to the apartment,” he said. “I’ll wait here for my group. As I do, I pray for everyone who passes by here. Once a pastor, always a pastor,” he said, smiling. I nodded, thanked him for a lovely visit, and said I looked forward to the next time... And in that moment I thanked God for him, too, and his lifelong ministry, and for his enduring legacy. (Summer 2020 Epistle magazine)