National Magazine of the Lutheran Church of Australia

Taking up the call in 2017

February 2017

These six pastoral ministry graduates from ALC come from a wide variety of backgrounds and are stepping out in faith to begin their first assignments.

Dan Mueller

Age: 35
Family: Wife Jenny; Eli, Hannah and Zara
Assigned to: Walla Walla Parish NSW
What did you do before you went to ALC? I worked as a computer engineer and research scientist.

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Peter Klemm

Age: 42
Family: Wife Jody; Lily and Ciarna.
Home congregation: Brinkworth SA
Assigned to: Cummins Parish SA
What did you do before you went to ALC? I worked on the family farm before heading to Hermannsburg NT, to work in the Finke River Mission store. I then worked in a mixed retail and hardware business in Clare (SA).

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Michael Prenzler

Age: 40
Family: Wife Gertraud; Gabriel and Rebecca
Home congregation: Immanuel Gawler SA
Assigned to: Magill & Adelaide Deaf Community Church SA
Who were the most influential people as you were growing up? My immediate family, particularly my parents.
Who are the most influential people in your life now? My family. My lecturers have also had a big impact on my personal and spiritual development.
What did you do before you went to ALC? I was a mechanical engineer, working in technical and managerial roles in Australia and overseas.

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Valdis Andersons

Age: 64
Family: Wife Sylvia; Ilze and Markus
Home congregation: Unley SA
Assigned to: SA/NT District – locum at Lyndoch & Rowland Flat
What did you do before you went to ALC? I worked in the SA/NT District as Communications Coordinator. Prior to that I worked in radio (as on-air announcer and copywriter), acting, promotions, and sales, and as a secondary school teacher.

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Ryan Norris

Age: 32
Family: Wife Priscilla; Riikka, Caius, Kelsie and Sakari
Home congregation: Rochedale Qld
Assigned to: Tarrington Parish Vic
What did you do before you went to ALC? I have had a number of short-term jobs since high school, (including) an 18-month stint in outdoor education, followed by six years working with Youth With A Mission.

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David Haak

Age: 29
Family: Wife Rebecca; Isaac, Isabella
Home congregation: Mt Gravatt Qld
Assigned to: Beenleigh Qld
Who were the most influential people as you were growing up? My parents handed me the Bible I had been given at my baptism when I was going through a tough time. This had a profound impact on me.
What did you do before you went to ALC? Before ALC I worked in cold storage. During a break in my study, I worked in IT, fixing self-checkouts and ATMs.