How does Susquehanna handle pre-seminary advising?
Students benefit from close cooperation between the chaplain and members of the Department of Philosophy and Religion. These faculty members are available to assist you with course selection, internship/externship/practica possibilities, exploring the nature of the call to ministry and discovering opportunities for professional service in the church.
A Vocational Discernment Library as well as the catalogs of a number of seminaries are available in the Office of the Chaplain.
Each year, the Office of the Chaplain hosts a Church Vocations Day to which seminary admissions officers and interested Susquehanna students are invited.
Meet Our Pre-Ministry Advisor and Mentors:
University Chaplain, The Rev. Mark Wm. Radecke, D.Min., is the advisor for students planning seminary and related studies, has extensive experience with the candidacy process for church occupations. He holds the M.Div. degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, an STM from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, and a D.Min. from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is also an associate professor in Susquehanna’s Department of Philosophy and Religion, specializing in such service-learning courses as “Service Learning in Central America” and “Issues at the End of Life.”
Associate Professor of Religion Karla Bohmbach, Ph.D., is an Authorized Lay Worship Leader in the ELCA, she has over the last ten years regularly supply preached in area churches. She also chairs the candidacy committee of the Upper Susquehanna Synod of the ELCA, a group that mentors and oversees those moving through the discernment and credentialing process for ELCA church occupations. She and her husband (Associate Professor of Religion Thomas W. Martin) host a biweekly bible study for students at their home during the academic year.
Associate Professor of Religion Thomas W. Martin, Ph.D., is an ELCA pastor with 12 years parish experience in large and small membership churches, both as pastor and staff member. He preaches regularly in area congregations and sees the integration of theological education with Christian faith as one of his main teaching goals. He and his wife (Associate Professor of Religion Karla Bohmbach) also lead a student bible study in their home.