As part of Trinity’s focus on experiential learning, they have developed a 2+2 program. The 2+2 program consists of two years of classroom education and a full-time two year internship in an ELCA congregation. This is how Lord of Life’s intern, Lucas McSurley, landed here for these two years. By April, I should learn the location of my two year internship. I have requested that I be placed in a congregation within a one-hour drive of home, so that life for my wife, Megan, and our three kids can remain somewhat normative. When I start my internship this summer, I will be working for and learning from the congregation for thirty hours per week. I will also be taking two classes (one online and one intensive) each semester during this time.
Outside of classes, life has been pretty busy as well. A classmate and myself started an early morning prayer service on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the seminary. Participation has grown over the past semester and responsibility for leading the short, twenty minute service is shared amongst the participants. It has been an amazing experience as it has opened our eyes to how differently each of us prays and the rituals (or lack thereof) that are associated with that time of intentional prayer. On a completely different note, I packed up my DJ business at the end of 2017. I started my DJ business in 2000 and it has grown significantly over the last several years. I went out with a bang as my final gig was as the DJ for Kings Island’s Winterfest at the Coca-Cola Polar Party Zone.
During the school year, I drive up to Columbus each Sunday night and stay in my apartment through Thursday early evening. I have classes Monday through Thursday, as well as a chapel service every day at 10 am. I drive home on Thursday evening to spend the weekend with my amazing wife, Megan, and three adorable kids, Maddie (9), Mollie (7), and Max (4). Thanks to technology I am able to FaceTime with them every night before bed and talk to them about their days. Their support has been amazing and I can’t thank my wife enough for taking on the extra responsibility during the week while I am gone.
Hopefully this note has given you a glimpse into the life of a seminary student. Thank you again for your support. Your gifts have been tremendous blessings for me and my family during this time of excitement, studying, and transition.
Lord of Life supported Corey with a $5000 seminarian scholarship in 2017.
If you would like to offer additional support for Corey, please send a check payable to “Capital University” with memo line “Corey Wagonfield Seminary Tuition (Student ID#: 0958108).”
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