Three ELCA alumni return to preach for Spring 2019 at Chapel of the Resurrection
The Chapel of the Resurrection will welcome back to campus three alumni to preach during designated Sundays this spring 2019 semester.
Jan. 27, 2019: Rev. Angela Lynn Shannon
Feb. 24, 2019: Rev. Sarah Friesen-Carper
March 24, 2019: Rev. Sarah Kretzmann Goettsch
The Rev. Angela Lynn Shannon grew up in a law enforcement family in Gary, IN. Pastoral ministry is her second career but first love and calling. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology/criminal justice from Valparaiso University. Rev. Shannon graduated from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in June 1996 and was ordained January 12, 1997, the feast day of the baptism of our Lord at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Gary, IN. She has served congregations in Indiana, Ohio and Texas. She has served as Dean of Student Life of Luther Seminary, St Paul, MN.
Rev. Shannon is the national Vice-President for the African Descent Lutheran Association. For over twenty years she has been involved in ecumenical and interfaith conversation at home and abroad. A self-described, church “blerd,” she loves liturgy and theology.
However, her driving passion is the ministry of reconciliation. As such, she is trained in conflict transformation. Says Rev. Shannon: “My deepest hope is that we will deepen our empathy for one another in these very odd times and restore hope. To engage a sustainable reconciliation, we must take a middle step towards each other.”
Students are invited to a lunch-time discussion with her in the Helge Center, following the 10 a.m. service Jan. 27, 2109.
The Rev. Sarah Friesen-Carper graduated from Valparaiso University in 2001 with a BA in Psychology and minors in Theology and Humanities. She worked as an Admission Counselor for two years at Valpo heading Engineering and International Student recruitment and co-leading the freshman orientation program. In August of 2007 Sarah was ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and began six years of ministry as the pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in Charlotte, MI. Sarah served as Assistant to the Bishop for Congregational and Leadership Excellence in the North/West Lower Michigan Synod for five years working with call processes, candidacy, lay theological and spiritual education, youth ministry, pastoral formation, and anti-racism and justice ministries. Sarah and her family relocated to Saint Paul, Minnesota in 2018 where she is Interim Associate Pastor of St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Como Park.
She finds deep joy in spending time with her husband, Rev. Andrew Tengwall, and their two children, Micah, 6, and Stellan, 2.
The Rev. Sarah Kretzmann Goettsch is a 1994 graduate of Valparaiso University. She graduated from Valparaiso with a Bachelor of Arts degree in German and religion. She spent her junior year abroad as a participant in the exchange program to the Universitaet Tubingen in southern Germany, during which time she traveled extensively throughout central and eastern Europe.
After graduating from Valparaiso, she enrolled in the short-term Volunteer Missions program through the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod as a certified ESL teacher. She assumed a post at the Bonyhadi Evangelikus Gimnazium in Bonyhad, Hungary, where she taught English, German and Religion. She considers these years as central to her call to ordained ministry.
Rev. Goettsch returned home in 1996 and enrolled at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. She spent the winter of 1997 volunteering at a medical mission and elementary school in Kathmandu, Nepal. Rev. Goettsch graduated from Wartburg in 2001 and was ordained in May of that same year, the first female pastor to be ordained in a long line of male clergy in the Kretzmann family.
Her first call in 2001 was to Faith and Our Savior’s Lutheran churches in Calamus, Iowa, a two-point rural parish. She served there until 2014, during which time her three sons were born. She met her husband Doug, currently a restaurateur and brewery owner in Iowa City, while living in Calamus. Rev. Goettsch was among the first to officiate at a same-gender wedding in her synod, a social justice issue she regards as central to the Gospel.
Rev. Goettsch currently serves both Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. She is also co-founder of JustChurch, a downtown worshiping community that focuses on issues of justice and advocacy. Rev. Goettsch believes “to know Jesus is to do justice” and that preaching with authenticity automatically pulls us into those places where current events and Scripture intersect. She currently lives in North Liberty, IA, with her three sons, ages 11, 13 and 14 and her husband.
See the Upcoming Sundays page for additional information about the 2018-19 preaching schedule.