Diverse student population grows at partner seminary in England

Mon, May 20, 2013

News, United Kingdom

Students at Westfield House in Cambridge, England

Students at Westfield House in Cambridge, England

In August, Westfield House in Cambridge, England, the theological institute for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of England (ELCE), plans to welcome 14 students for studies in the first half of its academic year, a 100% increase over the average of 7 students in the 2012-13 academic year. The student population is small but diverse. Four students from the U.K. and Madagascar are pursuing a multiple-year programme at Westfield House that includes a Bachelor of Divinity from the University of London and Westfield House’s Certificate in Lutheran Ministry; three are seminary study-abroad students from The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, seven are undergraduate study-abroad students of Lutheran universities in the United States. and joining them in the larger Westfield House community will be two New Testament Ph.D. students from Finland and the United States.

One of the current study abroad students normally attends Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind. Having heard about Westfield House from another Fort Wayne student, Dan Grimmer applied for the study-abroad year in Cambridge. “I chose to study at Westfield House because I wanted to study Lutheran theology in another context. Despite the many cultural similarities, the Christian culture in England is very different from the United States. Westfield House is great, because it allowed me to do that without adding any additional time or cost to my program. Westfield House provides a good mixture of heavy-duty theology classes and more practical courses for church work. Both are important for the servant of the church.”

Juliana Kriger is one of three students enrolled at the University of London, working toward a Bachelor of Divinity through coursework at Westfield House. Her father is a pastor with the ELCE and managing director of Lutheran Radio UK. Juli and her family moved to the U.K. from Brazil when she was just nine years old. Her degree through the University of London will allow her to serve the church in a diaconal capacity, which is what she eventually hopes to do. She shared, “Every new term brings new people to Westfield House, so with the opportunities that we have had to interact academically in class, and socially through living together, I have had wonderful and memorable new friendships every term.”

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