Graduation, Ordination, and Seminary

This past week, I was ordained into the Office of Holy Ministry at the Association Free Lutheran Congregation’s Annual Conference in Dickinson, ND. If graduation was the end of a long road of seminary, ordination is the beginning of a new road. I have been so blessed by the prayer support and friendship of so many people but I especially am thankful to Matthew Nelson and Wade Mobley.

From the first day helping Matt unpack his moving trailer, I knew we would be friends. Over the past four years, we have studied side by side, watched our kids grow, and have spent countless hours talking about almost everything under the sun. I thank God for him and pray for him as he serves God in central Iowa.

Wade is my pastor. It is a pretty unique situation. Wade was my pastor in Sioux Falls from 2008 until we left to go to seminary in 2014. While we were packing our house to move to seminary, he announced he was accepting a call to be the Dean of the Seminary and President of the Schools. Not only was Wade my pastor, now he was my dean and my instructor. His support and friendship has been invaluable to me and as I enter into parish ministry, I will probably be calling him a lot to bounce ideas and support.

There are many others who have been praying for myself, my family, and my classmates. Thank you so very much.

Seminary was extremely difficult for my family and I. I couldn’t have made it through without the love and support of my lovely bride, Miriam. She is strong and courageous. She is inspirational and wise. I love you Miriam. Happy Anniversary.

Lastly, if you are considering seminary, I have some things to tell you.

  1. You desire a good thing. It isn’t for everybody. If your married, make sure your wife is 100% on board. If you are single, make sure those close you agree.
  2. Surround yourself with people who love and support you. You will need them.
  3. Guard your family. Satan will come after you and he will do it through your family.
  4. Guard your heart. Satan will come after you.
  5. Work hard.
  6. Devote yourself to time in the Word for more than studying.
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