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Project Sponsor scholar Justin Lingenfelter excited about beginning LTSP studies

Project SponsorJustin Lingenfelter, 22, recipient of a Project Sponsor scholarship, enters seminary later this month, and is excited about the opportunity.

Lingenfelter, from New Tripoli, Pennsylvania, a small town near Allentown, lives with his dad, the Rev. Scott Lingenfelter, (MDiv, LTSP class of ’93), his mother Nannette, his brother, Curtis, and sister, Melinda. His dad has been pastor for 10 years at New Life Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Tripoli, and Justin just returned home from a summer mission trip to Panama sponsored by the congregation.

Justin graduated this spring from George Washington University in Washington, DC. He majored in anthropology and minored in film studies. “It was only after college that I entertained the idea of heading to seminary,” he explained. "While in DC, I regularly attended St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, and in my junior and senior years I was asked to lead the seventh and eighth grade Christian Education class."

“In January 2012 I encountered what was the largest catalyst in my discernment process thus far,” he continued. “That winter, a group of young adults from my church went to a Project Connect retreat in New York. My experience was so spectacular that I decided to apply for an Immersion Grant from the organization,” he said. “Thankfully, I was blessed to receive the grant, and so I spent last summer working with Pastors Barry and Elizabeth Mitchell at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Emmanuelsville, Pennsylvania. By the end of the summer, I found myself with a great deal of conviction, which I rode through my last year at George Washington while applying both to Philadelphia and Gettysburg seminaries. After a good deal of deliberation, I felt that LTSP was where I was being called, and so I accepted the seminary’s offer of enrollment."

“The Project Sponsor opportunity is really wonderful,” Justin said. “I know Don Johnson from his days directing Project Connect, which makes me extremely excited about this initiative. The energy and fervor he brought to Project Connect will be, I’m certain, just as splendid with his work for Project Sponsor!”

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