The Gift of the TEEM Program

Dianne Pritchard, TEEM Student, Reflects on the TEEM Program. One of the greatest gifts of TEEM, besides the stellar teaching and learning, is the fellowship and support that we provide each other. This warm friendship occurs most readily in the setting of the on-campus intensives. Some of us return to a collegial desert, so these…

Diverse, Vibrant, and Growing

Rev. Phouthaly Onelangsy’s Story, TEEM ’19 Graduate Des Moines, Iowa is a long way from Vang Vieng, Laos, but this small town in the north­ern region of Laos is where Phouthaly Onel­angsy calls home. In 1975, toward the end of the Vietnam War, Onelangsy’s home country fell into the hands of the communists. It was…

Grounded in Steadfast Love

Philip Deng’s Story Philip Deng comes from extraordinary circumstances. Despite the volatile surroundings he grew up in South Sudan, Deng has become a steadfast and dedicated presence to his community in service as the pastor to the South Sudanese Congregation at First Lutheran Church in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Philip has felt called to serve God’s…

Creating Space for Something New

Rev. Heidi Hagstrom’s Story, TEEM ’18 Graduate The Theological Education for Emerging Ministries (TEEM) program offers alternative preparation for those who will provide pastoral ministry in emerging ministry contexts throughout the church. These contexts include ethnic specific, multicultural, rural, inner city, and ministry with deaf communities. Candidates for the TEEM program are nominated by their…