I am excited to work with my third pastoral intern who starts with our congregation in July 2018.
Vicar Liz Koerner, from New Britain, Connecticut, is a seminary student at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Liz is a graduate of Thiel College ( a Lutheran College) in Greenville, Pennsylvania. She shares she is excited about her journey toward ordained ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and looking forward to her year-long internship in Muscatine.
She loves to craft, read, hanging out with her friends, and LOVES tie-dyed and rainbow and the combination of the two!
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.
Those preparing for ordained ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) spend one-year completing a pastoral internship within a congregational setting.
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.