An Update from Seminarian Jonathan

Greetings from academia! If we haven’t yet met officially, I’m Jonathan Rundman and I’ve been a member at ECLC since 2003. Last year I changed my life when I retired from my career as a musician and embarked on a new vocational path. I’m now in the middle of my first year as a student at Luther Seminary in St. Paul. I plan to graduate in 2022 with an MDiv degree (Masters of Divinity), and then be available to take a call as a pastor in the ELCA.

Each first-year seminarian at Luther is required to collaborate with a Contextual Education site. Thanks to a boost from Pastor Stephanie last Summer, I was placed at ECLC. With Pastor Jeff as my mentor, I’ve been gaining practical experience in the wide variety of pastoral responsibilities that help sustain a congregation. Keep your eyes open later this Spring and you might even witness me preaching a sermon!

As someone who had not been in a classroom for decades, I have found the return to academic life to be inspiring, challenging, and fun. So far, I have taken classes in Old Testament, systematic theology, church history, pastoral care, and even Biblical Hebrew! Next Fall I’ll venture into Biblical Greek, New Testament, Lutheran confessional writings, and preaching.

Have you ever wondered about what it’s like to go to seminary? Are you curious about the process of becoming a Lutheran pastor? If so, let’s talk! Track me down sometime after the late service, or email me!

Big thanks to everyone at ECLC for providing me with such an excellent laboratory for my Contextual Education program!