Publication Date



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) sit down with Master of Divinity (M.Div.) student Erik Johnson and his wife, Erin. The couple shares the unique pathway to Seminary after Erik served as a Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) in New York City. They offer a few details about how they decided to move to St. Louis to study more and complete the M.Div. degree. “I did a couple of years as pastor in the office, but it seemed that things were such that this was the direction that we needed to go. There was a lot of discernment in that process,” Erik says. “To use the cliché, that this was the open door, and … one thing led to another, and we found ourselves here at the Seminary.” The couple also share some advice for prospective students and their wives. “This is a journey that is impossible without your faith,” Erik says. “And living your faith out with the people God has placed around you as you take that journey.” Erin added, “Attend the orientation because that is where you learn where everything is and that you are part of this process as much as your husband. The second thing is, no flashcards at dinner.” In the recurring segment, “Ripe for the picking or leave it on the tree,” hear how the couple feels about pineapple on pizza, Peeps, RomComs, IKEA, fruit cake and public transportation!

“Under the Fig Tree” is a video and audio podcast of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. New video and audio episodes are added weekly each Monday during the academic year. “Under the Fig Tree” can be found on YouTube, the Seminary’s Scholar site ( and most podcast platforms including Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts. Those interested in vocational ministry are invited to join the Seminary contact list at Request-Information.... You can learn more about Concordia Seminary at or by contacting the admissions team at [email protected] or 800-822-9545.


Media is loading

Submission Type


Submission Audience

Laity; Ministers; Future Seminarians; Future Deaconesses

Submission Cost