Greetings!! My name is Garth Englund and I could not be more excited to serve as your Pastoral Intern for the coming year.
While I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know all of you in person, I wanted to take a minute to give you a brief introduction to myself. I am currently a student at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where I have been living since starting school nearly two years ago. I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, where my grandmother, parents, and younger brother still live. My call to pastoral ministry dates back to middle school when my grandmother noticed a keen interest in liturgy and hymns and suggested that I would definitely “become a pastor someday.” My journey has not been without detours, however. After graduating high school, I felt called to the world of business, and so I pursued an undergraduate degree in finance and ended up with a career in aerospace, where I have been working for the past eight years.
Although I loved my job, as time went on, I realized more and more that for me true joy and peace came through my faith and activities in the church. I realized how important Christian community is, because of the way it adds meaning and supports people through the highs and lows of life’s journey. Finally, in 2016, thanks to the guidance and support of a pastor who saw in me the gifts for ministry, I decided to respond to God’s call and the rest, as they say, is history.
My time so far at Luther has provided me with the opportunity to strengthen my faith, to learn more about the Bible and theology, to build meaningful Christian community, and to begin to learn what it means to serve as a Christian public leader in the twenty-first century. It has been a great experience of immense personal growth. From the beginning, however, I must confess that it is Internship that I have been looking forward to most of all. I am excited to get back into the parish, to be with you all in worship and fellowship, to learn about God’s Word together, and experience all that God is doing at Holy Trinity and the community beyond.
As far as hobbies and interests go, I enjoy being outdoors, the mountains, reading historical fiction, liturgy, craft beer, and Denver sports (Go Broncos!). Cooking, especially on my BBQ, is one of my favorite activities and often serves as my chosen way to relax after a long day or a long week. Some of my happiest moments come from sitting at the table sharing a meal with family and friends and I hope that the coming year provides opportunities to share many meals together, both at the Lord’s Supper and in fellowship outside of worship. My ministry with you begins on August 19 – until then, know that my thoughts are of you and my prayers are for you. See you soon!
In Christ, Garth Englund