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In this episode of Under the Fig Tree, host Rev. Micah Glenn and fill-in host Kati Gaschler (while Dr. Benjamin Haupt is on sabbatical) visit with Kati’s husband, Rev. Paul Gaschler, associate pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in St. Louis. A 2019 graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., Paul grew up in a small town in Nebraska and originally planned on becoming a music teacher but later felt the tug to pastoral ministry. “At some point you just have to accept what has been laid at your feet and realize you want to do this,” Paul says. “It’s wild to think how many years I’ve been a pastor. Sometimes I feel like I just graduated.” He also shares some advice for prospective pastors who may be focusing on all “can’ts”: “You have your reasons why you can’t be a pastor. You’re considering it but you’re like, I can’t become a pastor because of whatever. I think it’s helpful if you list those things and work through them with someone.” In the recurring segment, “Ripe for the picking or leave it on the tree,” hear how the trio feel about chili and cinnamon, pineapple on pizza, waterskiing and more!

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Laity; Ministers; Future Seminarians; Future Deaconesses

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