The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Future leaders: Kimberly Vaughn, 37

Now: Second-year seminarian at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio.

Favorite Bible verse: Jeremiah 29:11—I actually have it as a wall plaque.

Why ministry?: Even though I wasn’t doing ordained ministry, I always felt drawn to service in a church. To say to someone, “This is the blood of Christ, shed for you” is holy ground. When I [said] word and sacrament was what most excited me, my former pastor, Nelson Strobert, said I should become a pastor. In college, my campus pastor, Don King, also encouraged me to think about it. I was also active in the Lutheran Student Movement. When I worked at Camp Frederick, Rogers, Ohio, my supervisors really encouraged me to consider a call to ministry. I did a lot of volunteering in youth ministries. But I worked for a law firm and was finishing my baccalaureate degree.

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