LSTC Graduate Spotlight 2023

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Katie Butler


What is your favorite memory of your time at LSTC?

My favorite LSTC memory is the J Term trip I took to Holden Village in 2022. The bond that was created there has lasted through us all spreading out across the country and to get to experience God’s creation in such a sacred way with people I love was an incredible experience.

What was the most meaningful class you took?

Dr. Wagner’s “Women Preaching, Preaching Women” class left an incredible imprint on me. Learning about all the incredible women that paved the way for me and so many others to become preachers left me inspired after every class.

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 was lucky enough to have received a scholarship from LSTC that allowed for me to focus fully on my studies. My home congregation in Michigan helped out, as well. I also had the support of so many friends and pastors that have offered endless advice, hugs, and coffee during my time in seminary. I am beyond blessed.

What are your post-graduation plans?

Post-graduation, I will be accepting a call at my internship site of Trinity Lutheran Church in Richmond, Michigan. I have grown to love this congregation more than I can say, and I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to continue serving them.

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

LSTC’s focus on public church prepared me for ministry in more settings than I expected. I wasn’t sure how all the things that I learned would transfer to a rural setting, but it turns out things weren’t as different as I would have expected. I am grateful for the resources LSTC has given me in caring for God’s children in all stages of life.

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