Ministry In Context Student

This fall, United in Faith is blessed to have one seminary student assigned to us for the 2020-2021 school year. The student is serving her Ministry in Context (MIC) contextual education assignment with UIF, which usually takes place during the second year of seminary study.

Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) students spend about 7 hours a week in ministry with UIF (Sundays plus one or two other meeting days). They may lead Bible studies, attend ministry or committee or council meetings, preach, attend communion visits, or whatever else seems appropriate.

An MIC Lay Committee has been identified already who will work with our new student (Rich G., Pam M., Maya P., and Kim C.). The student will have an MIC project that she will lead, probably during the second semester (January – May).

Sometime in September, you may have a chance to meet Rachel Perkins. Come and welcome her with open arms!


Her bio follows.








"Hello! My name is Rachel Perkins and I am a second year seminarian student at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. I am SO excited to begin working and worshipping with you all. Before joining in community with you, I would like to tell you a little bit about me!

I was born and raised in Janesville, Wisconsin (that means I am a DIEHARD cheesehead!). I have two amazing, loving, and supportive parents that made our home a safe and welcoming place. I am the fifth child of six and also have four incredible in laws. My siblings have blessed my family with five nephews and three nieces. Family is the most important thing to me and I cherish the time I get to spend with them.

I was raised in the same church that my mom was raised in. I attended Sunday School my whole childhood and was an active member of the youth group. I attended two mission trips (one to Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and another one to West Virginia) and two National Youth Gatherings (New Orleans and Detroit). I served as the youth representative on church council and provided childcare for parents in the GED program that was hosted in my church. I knew when I was 13 years old that I wanted to be a pastor (I would LOVE to share my call story with you!) All of this helped prepare me for my undergraduate studies.

I attended college at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. I received a double major in Religious Studies and in Peace and Justice Studies with a minor in Leadership. My time in undergrad was very formative. I had opportunities to study both abroad and in Denver, Colorado. After graduating from college, I moved to Swaziland as a YAGM (Young Adult in Global Mission) volunteer. Once I returned state-side, I moved to Chicago, where I currently reside, to begin my seminary studies.

There is a lot more to know about me and I cannot wait to share it with you all."

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