English District President Welcomes Home a Familiar Candidate

Alexander Sobel stands next to English District President, Rev. Hardy.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTSFW)— On November 28, Alexander W. Sabol, a fourth-year seminarian from Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, received his call to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lakeview, Michigan (English District) and Hope Lutheran Church in Stanton, Michigan (Michigan District).

The Rev. Dr. Jamison J. Hardy, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s English District, through which the call officially came, was on hand to congratulate Sabol. The two share a prior connection as Sabol was in Hardy’s very first confirmation class.

During chapel, the Rev. Prof. Jeffrey H. Pulse, director of Certification and Placement, announced the future pastor’s placement and delivered the following charge: “Go, then, take heed unto thyself and to all the flock, over which the Holy Ghost has made you overseer, to feed the church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood. Feed the flock of Christ, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; neither as being lord over God’s heritage, but being an example to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd shall appear thou shalt receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. The Lord bless thee from on high, and make thee a blessing unto many, that thou mayest bring forth fruit, and that thy fruit may remain unto eternal life. Amen.”

It is our prayer that more men and women will prayerfully consider full-time service to the Church. For information on becoming a pastor or deaconess go to www.ctsfw.edu/Admission or phone 800.481.2155.