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In this episode of “Under the Fig Tree,” host Rev. Micah Glenn and fill-in host Kati Gaschler sit down with Concordia Seminary alum Rev. Chaplain Kyle Mietzner (M.Div. ’10), who shares his path to chaplaincy. He shares how he discovered that chaplaincy is a beautiful ministry standing where chaplains serve alongside soldiers and provide religious support. “God has gifted me with something that I could never see coming …,” he shares. “There is no one standard path to the ministry, and mine is all over the place.” Kyle also shares some advice for prospective students, “If you can do something else, do that. You will have to have internal motivation that comes only from the Holy Spirit to do this job. It’s a wonderful life; it’s a beautiful life.” In the recurring segment, “Ripe for the picking or leave it on the tree,” hear how Kyle feels about pineapple on pizza, potato wedges, kale smoothies, “That ’70s Show,” conversations with Uber drivers and more.

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Laity; Ministers; Future Seminarians; Future Deaconesses

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