Distance Education: A Mutual Benefit
In 2011 Maple Park Church hired Alan Johnson as the Director of Student Ministries. Upon graduation from the University of Washington, Alan began attending the Lutheran Brethren Seminary via their distance education program.
It is a gift to our church to have a young man on staff who is interested in theology and invested in the discipline of study. His seminary study lends credibility to his ministry and affirms our belief that theological education matters.
A mutual benefit of long distance learning for Alan and Maple Park Church is that he can maintain his employment here at our church while continuing preparation for pastoral ministry. Alan benefits because he is able to alleviate some of the financial burdens, and the church benefits through his service.
Through the seminary, Alan can develop leadership skills while functioning as a student, a husband and friend. There are many areas of life that compete for attention, and Alan is learning to balance study, work, and family while attending seminary.
Rev. David Overland serves as Senior Pastor at Maple Park Church in Lynnwood WA.