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The Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge

Hein-Fry Book of Faith ChallengeSeminarian John Heidgerd (MDiv 2015), serving his internship year at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church, New York City, was among eight students – one from each of the seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – to be part of the Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge. John’s presentation was on “The Soul Cafe.” John describes The Soul Cafe and the Challenge in the video above.

The vision of the Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge is to enliven the biblical engagement of the whole church by encouraging the development of new examples of faithful, innovative, and effective ways of teaching and learning the Scripture. Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge participants are invited to create an innovative class/encounter/series engaging Scripture in a congregational setting. Student presentations will be TRED-Talk style (“Theology-Religion-Education-Development Talks”). They will be recorded and shared through an ELCA outlet. The Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge is jointly sponsored by the seminaries of the ELCA, the Hein-Fry planning team and the ELCA Book of Faith Initiative.

Students from schools from the east competed at an event at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, and western students competed at an event at Wartburg Seminary. The Gettysburg competitors were:

JENNIFER CRIST, student, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mark Vitalis Hoffman
Ministry site: Communities of Hope SAWC (Harrisburg, PA)
Congregational Relator: Danelle Cook

JOHN HEIDGERD, student, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
Faculty Advisor: The Rev. Dr. Nelson Rivera
Ministry site: Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church (New York, NY)
Supervising Pastor: The Rev. Chris Mietlowski

DREW INGRAM, student, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary of Lenoir-Rhyne University
Faculty Advisor: The Rev. James R. Thomas, Ph.D.
Ministry site: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Columbia, SC)
Supervising Pastor: The Rev. Paul Wollner

ALEXANDRIA LONG, student, Trinity Lutheran Seminary
Faculty Advisor: The Rev. Dr. Julie Faith Parker
Ministry site: Jacob’s Porch Campus Ministry at Ohio State (Columbus, OH)
Supervising Pastor: The Rev. Grant Eckhart

Watch John Heidgerd’s competition video submission:

View John’s presentation slide set (pdf)

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