Vicar Adam Woldt will attend St. Louis Seminary in the spring
September 29, 2014
Dear Members and Friends at King of Kings:
This past weekend at all worship services, we were excited to announce that our Vicar, Adam Woldt, has decided to attend the St. Louis Seminary to begin his work toward a Masters of Divinity degree. This is a new development and we wanted to give you some helpful information.
Adam entered the Specific Ministry Program (SMP) with the St. Louis Seminary, Nebraska District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod and King of Kings two years ago. While serving at King of Kings for the past two years, Adam was also taking online classes at the Seminary as well as making an occasional trip to St. Louis. As we entered into conversations recently to discuss our next steps, a combination of factors converged to lead us to the conclusion that the SMP was not the best course of action for either Adam or King of Kings. From observing Adam’s gift mix and skill set over the past two years, to hearing from him about his passions and interests, to a considerable amount of time spent in prayer, we have come to this conclusion. As such, Adam and Laura have prayerfully considered and chosen to pursue the residential route at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.
If Adam completed his SMP he would not have received a Masters of Divinity and he would only be eligible to serve as a pastor within the areas of youth or young adults throughout his career. We believe that God has blessed Adam with gifts that go well beyond these restrictions and affirm his decision to enroll as a student at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.
While we are very excited about this there is also sadness involved since we will have to say goodbye to Adam, Laura, and their soon-to-be-born child. They will likely be moving to St. Louis in May of 2015 and beginning classes in June. In the meantime, besides continuing to serve on staff at King of Kings, Adam has already begun to study Greek and Hebrew. Trust me, this is reason to pray!! The good news is that Adam will be receiving teaching and coaching from our own Pastor Weber in these biblical languages. What a blessing!
We are committed to helping Adam and his family toward this goal and will be letting you know of the opportunities that will come about in the future to bless them toward this end. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of us.
For the expanding of Jesus’ Kingdom,
Rev. Dr. Mark P. Zehnder