Pastor Peterson's Pericopes

So “what” is Andrea Kragerud?

As you may know, Andrea has discerned a call to the ordained ministry. This fall she has officially started on her seminary career and is taking classes online at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. If she is able to follow the prescribed course work, it should take her five years to complete.


Andrea and her family have been such a blessing to Bethlehem. She has certainly made an impact on the ministry here with all the roles she has stepped into. She is currently our church council president. She has also served as council vice president and in the education ministry. She also serves as one of our assisting ministers in worship, and those are just the “big” things she has done at church. There have been many others.


This year, one of her classes is “Christian Public Leadership.” As a part of the course, the first–year students are expected to do ministry in a church setting.

Andrea and I are currently meeting to determine what that will look like here at Bethlehem. No doubt there will be preaching and teaching and pastoral calling. So you will start to see Andrea in some different roles here at Bethlehem.


So “what” is she now? An intern pastor?


No, she is a first–year seminary student beginning to explore her ministry skills. She will do an actual internship, but that is down the road a bit.


Bethlehem has a rich history of supporting those who have discerned a call to ministry. Most recently, we walked with Sarah Loberg as she became a deaconess. There were our four intern pastors: Liliana Stahlberg, Sarah Anderson, Kirsten Sauey, and Jasmine Tesdahl. Now we add Andrea’s name to that list.


Part of that congregational support is honest and constructive feedback. So when you see Andrea try out these new roles, give her your comments. Not just, “Nice sermon, Andrea!” but what you got out of her sermon as well.


Please hold Andrea and her family in your prayers. This is a big transition for all of them, as she adds full–time seminary student to her many roles and responsibilities.


Pastor Peterson

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