Saying Good-bye to Vicar Sam Nelson

Today, we said “good-bye” to our pastoral intern, Sam Nelson.  Sam has served Zion Lutheran since August 2015.  He is from Half Moon Bay, a coastal town in California. He received his undergraduate degree from California Lutheran University and a Master’s degree in Psychology from the American University in Washington D.C. Currently a student at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago (LSTC), Sam has completed his internship year at Zion Lutheran Church.  I served as his intern supervisor.  Sam was my first pastoral intern, and the first intern for Zion Lutheran in about 30 years.

Members of the Intern Committee in an act of blessing during the Litany of Sending for our intern, Sam Nelson.

Those preparing for ordained ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) spend one-year completing a pastoral internship within a congregational setting.

Here’s a link to his blog:

Celebrating the completion of a sucessful intern year

I receive a great deal of satisfaction working with future leaders of the church.  It brings me great pride knowing that I support, equip, and prepare others for the vocation of ordained ministry in Christ’s church.

Following his internship, Sam will return for one more year of seminary study at LSTC.

In January 2017, Sam will enter the assignment process for his first call to serve in a parish of the ELCA.  Subsequent to his first call, Sam will schedule, in coordination with his synodical bishop, a time for his ordination.

God’s blessing to Sam and all people preparing for leadership positions in the Church.

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