Emma Graetz will be the new Discover program coordinator for Australian Lutheran College (ALC). Discover is a vocational formation and discernment program that aligns with completing an ALC higher education qualification.

Emma takes over the role from Kerrin Huth, who has been the coordinator for the past two years and is returning to primary school teaching after recently completing doctoral studies.

ALC Principal Pastor James Winderlich says the college is thankful to Kerrin ‘for her vision and guidance of the program, and for the way she has supported the students from her home base in Queensland’.

Kerrin says she has enjoyed coordinating the program and has been ‘encouraged to see God at work in so many lives’. ‘It has been a privilege to share in each person’s journey as they learn more about God, the church and themselves, as they discern God’s call on their lives’, she says. Kerrin will continue to teach as a casual academic in ALC’s education program in 2023.

Emma brings more than 20 years of experience working within the LCANZ, half of which have been in the teaching community at ALC. Emma has supported student formation through ALC’s Vocational Education Training qualification and ALC Training workshops and programs.

Emma says taking on the role will be ‘a fantastic opportunity to engage with and support those who are discerning their calling within the church, whether it be as a pastor, teacher, lay worker or other ministry role’.

MORE CHOICES TO COME IN 2023

In 2023, the Discover program will offer the choice of the new ALC qualification of a Diploma in Ministry or a Diploma in Theology, while post-graduate studies can also be considered. The program enables students to study remotely while completing the program with the support of their pastor or supervisor and a mentor. Students also have opportunities to engage in various ministry experiences, including through online community sessions and local practical placements.

WHAT STUDENTS SAY ABOUT DISCOVER

One of this year’s Discover students, Corrie Steel, who is based in Townsville, says the program has allowed him to ‘look at the church from a broad perspective and get involved in areas I might not normally have thought of’. ‘It has broadened my perspective and helped me to view all the different aspects of the Lutheran Church, all working together and doing their part in serving the church’, says Corrie.

Another student, Anthony Fawcett, who is based in Sydney, is approaching the end of his first year in Discover, which he is taking part-time. ‘It has been a theological revelation, deepening my faith and my certainty in the calling to pastorage’, he says.

Throughout December and January, Emma will host online information sessions for anyone interested in Discover. Session dates and how to register are available on the ALC website at https://alc.edu.au/discover   

Enrolments for study in 2023 at ALC, leading to academic qualifications, are now open. More information: https://alc.edu.au/study   

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