Candidates in the Virginia Synod are up to some amazing things, and we’re taking some time to learn what their call to ministry is like from the stories they share. This is simply one way we can celebrate God’s Holy Spirit calling candidates in our synod to serve God’s mission in and through the church. We plan to share our candidates’ stories throughout the year, so look forward to hearing from more in the coming weeks!
Hi, Virginia Synod!
My name is Alyssa Kaplan. I am a member of First Lutheran Church, Norfolk and am a third-year student at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Throughout college, I was involved in an ecumenical, Protestant campus ministry and spent my summers on staff at Lutheridge Camp. Both of these communities helped me begin to discern a call to serve the church as a rostered minister. Immediately after college, I served as a Young Adult in Global Mission, in Tlaxco, Tlaxcala, Mexico before moving to New York to begin seminary. At Union, I’ve focused my coursework on diving into the intersection of Christian Social Ethics and Worship–especially focusing on how our understanding of the sacraments call us to restorative justice and radical hospitality in the name of Jesus. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to engage in two different field education experiences. Last year I shared in ministry with Trinity Lutheran Church/Iglesia Luterana Trinidad with Rev Heidi Neumark. This year I’m working with a city-wide campus ministry network called The Vine with Rev Becca Seely. Since living in New York, I’ve been able to engage in the work of the New Sanctuary Coalition-a coalition of faith communities standing in solidarity with people facing deportation. It has been a joy to journey in discernment with so many faithful companions from the Virginia Synod these past few years.