Ben Vineyard ’06
Concordia’s environment was very spiritually energizing and strengthening for me. Whether exploring my faith with new friends, spending time with God in the campus nooks, or soaking in the challenges and clarity in my classes, the rhythms, practices, and insights I received at Concordia stick with me today. These influence how I live with God and minister in the world. Even now, visiting Seward is spiritually recharging.
Ben is currently serving at Trinity Lutheran in Shawnee, Kan.
Kathleen Garner ’11
My Concordia experience has blessed me and prepared me beyond compare for work in the church and world. It was a gift to be able to pursue my dream of an overseas missionary internship, a dream that the DCE program and its professors both prepared me for with coursework, as well as spurred me on during the course of a year and a half in Riga, Latvia. Regularly receiving support and encouragement from staff at Concordia and friends back home, I was strengthened by the body for work across the ocean, sharing God’s love and mission for his people. Through such generous hands and hearts I was equipped to enter ministry full-time, seeing the true potential of Christ’s body of believers.
Kathleen is currently at St. John Lutheran Church in Denver, Colo.