The Call Service is a once-in-a-lifetime event for students who have devoted four or five years of their life to seminary studies, fervently desiring to enter the pastoral ministry. We are thankful once again to have been able to have gathered for this joyful occasion.
Chad Miller received his congregational placement as Assistant Pastor at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church, St. Catharines. Chad’s home congregation is Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Winnipeg, whose pastor, Rev. Cameron Schnarr, was the Call Service preacher. Chad is a captain in the Royal Canadian Air Force who is preparing to become a chaplain. His placement will provide him with a two-year period of service as an ordained pastor in a Lutheran parish before he returns to full-time work in the Forces as a chaplain.
Vicarage is a year of full-time practical experience in a Lutheran congregation that deepens a student’s skills and knowledge of parish ministry. The vicarage placement for two students was announced. Daniel Cunningham, a member of Clarington Lutheran Church who was raised at Grace, Oshawa, received his placement to Redeemer Lutheran Church, Kitimat, BC. Trey Doak, of Denver, Colorado, has completed all his academic studies at the seminary. He has already begun a vicarage in the LCMS at Grace Lutheran Church in Parker, Colorado, which was formally announced at the service. Other students were recognised for their academic achievements.
The service also honoured Rev. Dr Wilhelm Torgerson, Assistant Pastor at First Lutheran Church, Windsor. The faculty and the Board of Regents chose him to receive the seminary’s highest honour: the Delta Chi (Servant of Christ) award. His church ministry began at St Paul’s Lutheran in Medicine Hat, AB, in 1971. He went on to serve for 36 years in our sister church in Germany (SELK). In 2011, he returned to Canada and taught seminary students for eight years here in St. Catharines before accepting the call to Windsor.
More photos of the call service can be found in our online gallery.