Paul Samuel Willey
MDiv with interfaith emphasis
What is your favorite memory of your time at LSTC?
The new student orientation in the fall of 2022. I was working as a small group leader, but I loved the trip we took to Lake Michigan; the opportunity to share a meal and get to know one another.
What was the most meaningful class you took?
Enmity in Biblical and Contemporary U.S. Racial Contexts with Dr. Klaus-Peter Adam and Dr. Marvin Wickware
How did you feel supported during your seminary journey?
I felt supported throughout my seminary journey, but especially by Dr. Kadi Billman and my advisor Marvin Wickware. Kadi for helping me navigate finances so I could return to school, and Marvin for his willingness to listen as I navigated coming out as Trans, and the curveballs I dealt with in seeing where God was calling me.
What are your post-graduation plans?
I will be ordained April 30, 2023 (I was ordained?) I will be working as a part-time mission developer at Shepherd’s Heart here in Chicago and continuing my part-time employment in operations at Metro Chicago Synod.
How did LSTC shape you as a future leader of the public church?
LSTC gave me the tools to look beyond the obvious, to see the areas where racism, sexism, and anti-LGBTQIA perspectives are practiced but not spoken about. It might seem strange, but the thing I most appreciate was the confidence I gained to be who God is truly calling me to be.