A Message from Corey Wagonfield
Your monetary gift and prayers have helped me to live into my calling and allow me to focus on my seminary work instead of stressing about finances. I thank God for bringing you into my life and I pray nightly that God continues to shower blessings upon you. I hope that if funds are available, you would consider offering me another scholarship for the 2017-2018 school year.
I am currently part of a 2+2 program at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, OH, with the end goal of obtaining my Masters of Divinity degree. The 2+2 program consists of two years of classroom education and a full-time two year internship in an ELCA congregation. Throughout my classroom education, I will also spend a year and a half with a congregation that.will allow me to practice some of the elements I am learning in class. I will spend this summer at a hospital as part of my Clinical Pastoral Education, which helps prepare me for chaplaincy situations like being with the family at the death of a child or praying with someone who is critically ill.
So far I have taken Greek, Church History 1, Old Testament 1, Theology and Human Sexuality, Spanish for Ministry, Boundaries Training, and Person in Ministry. Next semester I will taking Church History 2, Old Testament 2, Leadership in Context, Racial Awareness Training, Theologians of Africa, Introduction to Worship, Building a Parish Music Ministry, and Trends and Issues in Youth Ministry. The program is very well-rounded and exposes us to world religions, ethics, history, cross-cultural experiences and much more.
Recently, I have been partnered with Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in.Loveland, OH and spent 6-8 hours there each Sunday learning the ins-and-outs of how they do ministry. This is part of my Leadership in Context class which gives us weekly focuses for how we should participate in worship and then we evaluate how we did. So far I have been lectoring, assistant ministering, teaching adult Bible study, ushering, and leading Sunday School.
In addition to classes, I have taken part in a variety of on-campus activities. At the beginning of the semester, my classmates voted me into Life Together, which is like student government. We are charged with creating community on the campus and being the voice of the student body. I have also been part of the SEEDS program which is helping Trinity to become one of the first Green Faith Certified Seminaries in the country. Our goal is to help lessen the environmental impact of the seminary while educating students about how they can help through simple actions in their daily lives. Finally, I started a Trinity Home Brewers club that not only brews their own beer, but hosts events like “Theology on Tap” and “Hops and Hymns”. It allows a safe place for seminarians to have a drink with friends, make sure that we hold each other accountable, and enjoy community time through deep conversation or singing songs. It is also our hope to start providing homemade wine for all future communion services at Trinity.
I drive up to Columbus each Sunday night and stay in my dorm room through Thursday afternoon. I have classes Monday through Thursday as well as a chapel service every day at 1O:OOam. I drive home on Thursday evening to spend the weekend with my amazing wife, Megan, and three adorable kids, Maddie (8), Mollie (6), and Max (3). Thanks to technology I am able to FaceTime with them every night before bed and talk to them about their days. Their support has been amazing and I can’t thank my wife enough for taking on the extra responsibility during the week while I am gone.
Hopefully this note has given you a glimpse into the life of a seminary student. Thank you again for your support and hopefully I can continue to send you periodic updates about the process. Your gift has been a tremendous blessing for me and my family during this time of excitement, studying, and transition.