Future Leaders

Jessica Chicka

Jessica Chicka


Congregation: University Lutheran, Cambridge, Mass.

Seminary: Boston University School of Theology

Jessica Chicka, M.T.S., S.T.M., Ph.D., is originally from Bethlehem, PA and currently serves as the University Chaplain for International Students at Boston University. http://www.bu.edu/chapel/about/staff/global/jessica-chicka//
Bristol Reading

Bristol Reading


Congregation: St. Paul, Arlington, Mass.

Seminary: Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, Ill.

Bristol is enrolled in the MDiv program at LSTC, anticipating graduation in 2020. She and her husband Michael live in the Twin Cities where Bristol is completing her internship year as vicar at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. She loves distance running and cycling, reading wilderness adventure stories, and playing with her two young nieces.
Abigail Johnson

Abigail Johnson


Congregation: St. Paul, Gloucester, Mass.

Seminary: United Lutheran Seminary, Philadelphia

Abigail "Abby" Johnson is enrolled in the MDiv program with a concentration in environmental theology. She has served as Student Body President of ULS this year. Abby has worked in camp ministry for many years and participated in ELCA's YAGM South Africa program in 2015-2016 as an art teacher. Abby loves painting, skiing and hiking when home in New England.

Elizabeth Koerner

Elizabeth Koerner


Congregation: Gloria Dei, Bristol, Conn

Seminary: Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, Ill.

Elizabeth invites you to view her website/blog at: https://lizzik419.wixsite.com/rediscoveringliz

Samantha Melton

Samantha Melton


Congregation: Good Shepherd, N. Quincy, Mass.

Seminary: Harvard Divinity School (affiliated with ULS)

Samm is pursuing her Master of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School where she is currently in her second year of study. Originally from St. Louis, she recently completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a minor in Social Justice and Religion at Eastern Kentucky University, where she competed on the soccer team for four years. Samm is also a member of Proclaim, an ELCA community of LGBTQ+ identifying seminarians and clergy. Her experience working at a Public Health Clinic in Kentucky and on Sustainability projects in Limpopo, South Africa with Blessman Ministries has led to her interests in mental health and prison education. She is currently serving as a Field Education Student at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in North Quincy. Website: sammelton.wixsite.com/sammelton
Tucker O'Leary

Tucker O'Leary


Seminary: Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University, Columbus, Ohio

Tucker is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University. He will be graduating in May of 2020 from the 2+2 program that is offered at Trinity. "One of the main reasons that I felt God calling me towards Trinity was because of their new and innovative 2+2 program," says Tucker. "I tend to be a more hands-on learner and need to get in the midst of people, so what better way than to spend two years in the congregation learning alongside God's people!" Now, he is an intern pastor at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Urbandale Iowa. Feeling at "home" back in the Midwest, Tucker still misses the salty breeze of the East Coast and the one-of-a-kind personality Boston provides in its' people.

Tim Snyder

Tim Snyder


Congregation: Faith, Cambridge, Mass.

Seminary: Luther Seminary (completed degree in 2011)

Tim currently serves on the faculty and staff of Wartburg Theological Seminary where he stewards digital learning initiatives and teaches in the areas of ministry and practical theology. He currently lives in Dubuque, Iowa with his wife Lindsey Queener who serves as the Director for Admissions at the Seminary. Website https://www.wartburgseminary.edu/staff/timothy-k-snyder-3/

KatieThiesen

Katie Thiesen


Congregation: Redeemer, Bangor, Maine

Seminary: United Lutheran Seminary

Greetings of peace! My name is Katie Thiesen. I am a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bangor, Maine along with my dear husband, Adam. I plan to attend United Lutheran Seminary. I am a Candidate for the Word and Service Roster, continuing on my discernment to become a Deacon in our church and to be part of the Deaconess Community: deaconesscommunity.org. My wholehearted passion, fueled by God's love and grace, is social justice. Isaiah 10: 1-2; 1 John 3: 16-18. Join me with so many: poorpeoplescampaign.org