A change in academic direction has provided an extra blessing for Australian Lutheran College (ALC) student Darcee Anker, who is this year’s recipient of the Margaret Pech Memorial Scholarship.

Established by the late Pastor Herman Pech and his wife Elizabeth in memory of their daughter Margaret, ‘who never let disability and disadvantage deter her’, the Margaret Pech Memorial Scholarship is awarded to benefit one woman a year in her theological studies at ALC. Darcee, who is studying a Bachelor of Theology, is the 26th woman to have received the scholarship since its establishment in 1995.

Darcee joined the ALC community midway through 2021 after beginning a degree in Paramedic Science, which she quickly realised was not for her.

‘As with many others who begin studying theology … I began due to a fervent need to understand my faith better, and to learn more about our loving and merciful creator’, Darcee said. ‘I am absolutely loving my studies, although they are very demanding. I have found it a great help to be constantly surrounded by the word of God and an abundance of faithful Christian mentors.

‘I am not sure what I will do with my theology degree once I have completed it. With that said, I am incredibly passionate about the biblical role of women in the church, and particularly in the area of deaconess ministry, which provides a structured space for women to serve their Lord and spread his word as their vocation, whilst honouring the God-ordained differences between men and women.’

This story is an excerpt of one which appeared in ALC eNews. Subscribe via https://www.lca.org.au/departments/ministry-support/communications/enews-subscription-management/  

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