LSTC Graduate Spotlight 2024

Katherine Mueller

Master of Divinity

What is your favorite memory of your time at LSTC?

It’s hard to pick just one, but the camaraderie forged during quarantine, Prom, the road trips, and the unforgettable nights at ‘Show n Tell’ open mics stand out. Yet, what truly resonates is the profound sense of connection, support through struggles, and the boundless love shared among our community. I have many cherished moments and have made lifelong connections at seminary!

What was the most meaningful class you took?

Emotions Justice and the Church with Dr. Marvin Wickware, Grace Incarnate with Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Álvarez, and Christian Practices in the Anthropocene with Dr. Ben Stewart left huge impressions on me. These courses offered invaluable insights that continue to shape and enrich my journey. They represent the broader transformative education I received from the amazing faculty at LSTC.

How did you feel supported during your seminary journey? Were you the recipient of any major scholarships? What communities or people uplifted you during your studies?

I’m grateful for the unwavering support I received that made seminary possible for me. From the Fund For Leaders scholarship that eased financial burdens, to teachers in my life like Dr. Linda Morgan-Clement, and professors at LSTC who uplifted the student community. Most of all, my 2020 cohort, cherished family and friends- and especially Sadie and our faithful dog Rosie – formed a network of encouragement and resilience around one another that ultimately shaped my path and made graduation possible.

What are your post-graduation plans?

Post-graduation, I’m stepping out with excitement and faith and seeking a call as a pastor in the ELCA. Rest assured I’ll be pursuing a life filled with creativity, advocacy, and laughter. Whether I’m by the water’s edge or gathered around a craft table with Sadie and our pets, my post-grad plan is to hang out with God and in relationship to each other.

How did LSTC shape you as a future leader of the public church?

In a time of uncertainty and upheaval, my seminary experience taught me the power of community, resourcefulness, and prayer. As we lean on one another, we become catalysts for transformation in our communities and beyond. My seminary community has shaped me into a leader profoundly reliant on my relationships to others, deeply listening to the needs of the people. Seminary has made me a leader who believes that we need each other, we have each other, and in God we have everything we need.

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