Graduation 2011

I had the privilege, honor, etc. to be part of the graduation at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary on Saturday, May 21, 2011. I was recieving a Certificate in Theological Education for Emerging Ministries. It was good to be able to be at graduation and have my family with me. This has been quite a journey and having them with me was very cool. It was also cool that our dear friend Mandy joined us and was the “official” videographer for the event.

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that our graduation speaker was Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber from House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, CO. I absolutely love the way Pastor Nadia engages the mission to which we are called to serve as God’s children in the world. I believe that she is a wonderful and important presence in the church today. It was a great joy to hear her speak at graduation.

Anyway, here is her message to us on that day. I thought it was fantastic.

Peace & Enjoy,


About Pastor Craig Schweitzer

I like to think of myself as a pretty easy going person who seeks to daily discover anew how God is present in my life and in the world in which I live and serve. I am a husband, father, brother, son, friend, pastor, and maybe most significantly – a child of God! My beautiful spouse Wendy and I live in Bismarck, ND with our twin daughters, Ilia and Taegan and our crazy dogs Henri & Sadie. I’ve serve on the staff of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Bismarck, ND since July 2001. I was first called to serve as Music & Worship Minister, in 2010 was called to serve as Pastor of Worship and Youth Education, and in January 2014 was called to serve as Senior Pastor. My professional background is a diverse collection of musical and educational experiences that ranges from live concert production and promotion to recording studios, and live performance to music education. Prior to joining Good Shepherd, I was an Instructor of Music at Bismarck State College and owned and operated a successful teaching studio called 6x6 Guitar Studio. I am a graduate of the University of Mary in Bismarck and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA and was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in September 2010. Outside of Good Shepherd, I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends, reading, listening or playing any and all music, a relaxing round of golf, or spending some quiet time with God. View all posts by Pastor Craig Schweitzer

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