My name is Andy Cecil and I am a first year seminarian at CTSFW. I was brought into God’s Kingdom as an infant in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. I attended San Diego State University and Grossmont College for a time before finishing my undergraduate studies in Theology at Concordia University in Irvine.
My father served as a deacon, and I was encouraged by many to pursue the pastoral ministry, most notably and skillfully by Pastor Art Puls. Through his guidance and the direction of the Holy Spirit I came to realize the importance of the proclamation of the Gospel in every vocation.
My wife Laura and I have been married for 15 years. We have five children: Zachary, Micah, Benjamin, Nathanael and Seraphina, all baptized into God’s kingdom. We have hope in the future and are confident that our great God will provide and nourish His Church for generations to come.
My 10 years as elder at Grace Lutheran were filled with many proud moments, most notably helping the pastor serve the good people in San Diego the body and blood of our Risen Savior in the Eucharist and visiting parishioners who were just out of the hospital or in need of special care. Laura and I also liked to sit in the back of the church to look for new faces to refer to our pastors and deaconess, greeting them in the name of our Lord and making them feel welcome.
Your generosity, kindness and prayers allow me to begin my education to train and then serve God’s people as their pastor. We need to be bold in our time! The world changes, but, “we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people” (1Tim 4:10 ESV). Thank you for partnering with CTSFW, YOUR seminary!
May the peace that passes all understanding be with you this day and always.
My name is Anna Barger and I am a first year deaconess student at CTSFW. Growing up the daughter of a deaconess, I was convinced that I would never become one, but, of course, God had other plans for me. After my second year of college, I attended a summer intensive on Deaf Ministry taught by two deaconesses. It was here that I started to realize and really appreciate the vocation of deaconess and how important the Church has been in my life. After learning that much of the Deaf community does not have a church community, I became aware of how much I had taken for granted, the fact that I’d grown up in the Church with faithful parents to guide and teach me God’s Word. I knew God was calling me to help make His Church a home for others who do not have the same blessings that I have. It was then that I started to look into an education here at CTSFW.
Having the opportunity to learn from an incredible faculty will equip me well for my future work in the Church and community. I am truly and humbly thankful for all the donor support given to me and fellow classmates. When you give to CTSFW, you encourage and further the work of sharing God’s Word with numerous people. We thank you for all your continued gifts and prayers as we enter our vocations in the Church.
YOUR seminary has the privilege to form servants such as Andy Cecil and Anna Barger. You are vital in this mission. Your generous gifts make it possible to continue CTSFW’s mission to form servants in Jesus Christ who teach the faithful, reach the lost, and care for all. We also ask that you join with the Seminary community in prayer and thanksgiving for the grace and goodness of our Lord in sending His servants to a dying world with the Word of Life.
While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
O Christ, Who Called the Twelve
O Christ, who called the Twelve
To rise and follow You,
Forsaking old, familiar ways
For ventures bold and new:
Grant us to hear Your call
To risk security
And, bound in heart and will to You,
Find perfect liberty.
O Christ, who taught the Twelve
The truth for ages sealed,
Whose words and works awakened faith,
The ways of God revealed:
Instruct us now, we pray,
By Your empowering Word.
True teacher, be for all who seek
Their light, their life, their Lord.
O Christ, who sent the Twelve
On roads they’d never trod
To serve, to suffer, teach, proclaim
The nearer reign of God:
Send us on ways where faith
Where love informs and hope sustains
Both life and ministry.