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Discernment

Are you considering attending Seminary? Would you like to learn more about the experience from other Concordia Seminary students and graduates? We have developed resources to help you discern the call to ministry and navigate the process of becoming a student.



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Student Recruitment Ambassadors

Student Recruitment Ambassadors (SRAs) aim to build relationships with prospective students near where they live and work, and help them discern whether ministry and Concordia Seminary should be part of their future.

Rev. Chris Bodley

Director, Acts 2 Enterprise and Missionary At-Large, Detroit, Mich.
  • Background: “I have pastored a church in Orlando for 14 years, planted a multiethnic church in Sanford, Fla., and served as a United States Navy chaplain for 12 years.”
  • Highlight from Seminary: “I was greatly impacted by Dr. Robert Newton in a spiritual formation class in my fourth year. Dr. Newton’s insights and Christ-like character have influenced how I understand character and leadership development through the lens of biblical theology.”
  • Advice for prospective students: “Invest heavily in reading and memorizing the Word of God so that your academics may deeply complement your educational development.”

Rev. Dawit Bokre

Senior Pastor, Good Shepherd Lutheran, Hayward, Calif.
  • Background: “I was born in Asmera, Eritrea (East Africa). My parents showed me firsthand what it meant to be loved by Jesus. They passed away before I turned 13, but they planted the seed, they showed me the ‘way,’ they fought a good fight.”
  • Highlight from Seminary: “I grew up in a ‘high church’ with the same liturgy but a different language, and it was just beautiful to experience it in English and to have communion with saints who don’t look like me but are one with me through Christ.”
  • Advice for prospective students: “We are not perfect, but you will learn what it means to center everything in the risen Christ.”

Rev. Will Hanke

Pastor, Mount Calvary Lutheran Church and Preschool, Brentwood, Mo.
  • Background: “By the age of 10, I had people telling me I should be a pastor, and by age 13 I had made that the plan for my life. I love finding creative ways to share the Gospel of Jesus.”
  • Highlight from Seminary: “Seminary was a blast! I enjoyed the brotherhood, and loved playing sports and talking theology with my friends. I built lifelong friendships in Seminary.”
  • Advice for prospective students: “Listen to those who are encouraging you to come to Seminary and ask them questions. Ask them why they think you should be a pastor, what qualities do they see, etc.”

Rev. Noah Kegley

Associate Pastor, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School, West Allis, Wis.
  • Background: “I was born and raised in Grafton, Wis., and my parents, friends and mentors showed me the love of Jesus and I wanted to be like them when I grew up!”
  • Advice for prospective students: “Soak it up! Seminary will challenge you intellectually and shape your mind to engage the mission field for 21st century ministry. You also will meet friends in ministry who will walk by your side for the rest of your life.”

Rev. Warren Lattimore

Pastor, St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church, New Orleans, La.
  • Background: “Born in Chicago, I am the son of a Chicago Transit Authority comptroller and a farmer’s daughter who became an occupational therapy assistant. I left home to go to Pearson College in Canada only to return and attend the University of Chicago, learning what it means to love God with all my heart, soul and mind.”
  • Highlight from Seminary: “Going down to Kaldi’s with four or five classmates and supporting one another in brotherly love.”
  • Advice for prospective students: “Examine yourself. Make sure you are coming for the right reasons. Through the lens of vocation, we are to be anchored in our love of neighbor and faith in God.”

Rev. Germán Novelli Jr.

Pastor, Grace Ev. Lutheran Church (Comunidad de Gracia), Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Background: “I was born and raised in Venezuela, and I came to the United States in 2012 to begin my ministry at Grace.”
  • Highlight from Seminary: “I think my Seminary experience was unique, with three programs involved [Specific Ministry Pastor Program, Center for Hispanic Studies and Master of Divinity Program]. The Seminary is one of the greatest blessings I have in my life.”
  • Advice for prospective students: “‘Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain’ (1 Cor. 15:58 ESV). God can do great things through us, His servants!”

Deaconess Kristina Paul

Director of Care and Women’s Ministries, Salem Lutheran Church and School, Affton, Mo.
  • Background: “During college I realized I had deep questions about my faith, ones that couldn’t fit on a trivia card, so God led me to pursue answers to those questions at the Sem, and from there, to become a deaconess in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.”
  • Highlight from Seminary: “I was able to walk through that time with an amazing cohort of sister and brother students, and those shared experiences, both the struggles and joys, were deeply meaningful.”
  • Advice for prospective students: “Pray — both alone and alongside others — trusted mentors, family members and believers. (Also, get the reading lists early if you can.)”

Rev. Matt Peeples

Senior Pastor, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Ridgewood, N.J.
  • Background: “I grew up all over but spent most of my time in Kansas City where I got connected with an amazing local church.”
  • Highlight from Seminary: “I had an amazing group of friends who loved to get off campus and be in the community, an incredible field work pastor who taught me how to do ministry in a way that would connect with the lost and found, and amazing professors who saw gifts in me before I could see them myself.”
  • Advice for prospective students: “Ministry looks a little different in every context. Don’t look for a place that is going to give you a one-size-fits-all solution.”

Questions?