LSTC Stories

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)
MDiv student Julie Grafe is ready for what comes next “I am so grateful for the time at LSTC. I’m glad to be done with this and sad to be done with this. . . and I didn’t do it. It was God working through me. I’m not sure what comes next but I’m ready.” (Summer 2020 Epistle magazine)
Pandemic has profound impact on Dalton Ruggieri’s internships “I witnessed things that were good and weren’t so good, and how we responded. But I found that to be where I grew the most. It pushed me to grow into my pastoral identity, acting in ways that I didn’t have to in the past…" (September 2020)
Troy Medlin & Ole Schenk: ‘Mutual flourishing’ “We’re committed to each other’s ministry that will likely be shared yet different,” Troy said. “We’ll let the other explore their vocation, and have one another to help us when we’re navigating uncertain challenges that will surely come up in ministry.” (Summer 2020 Epistle magazine)
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