Call Day 2021Dawn and Joel Sarrault (both members of the class of '84) celebrate with their son Zach ('17) on his first pastoral call and Zach's wife, Kelsey (Thomas) Sarrault ('16). Photo via Concordia Seminary St. Louis

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then I said, Here am I! Send me. Isaiah 6:8

On April 26-28, 2021, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne celebrated Call Day 2021.

Second year seminary students receive their vicarage and internship assignments and fourth year students receive their first calls to serve as pastors and deaconesses in Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod congregations throughout the country.

We congratulate and celebrate with our most recent crop of Concordia University Ann Arbor alumni who received their placements and calls this week. We pray the Lord’s blessings on their ministry work ahead.

Among those who learned of their pastoral calls are:

Brandon Wittig, Trinity Lutheran Church, Sawyer, Michigan

Carl Hingst, Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, Kokomo, Indiana

Christopher Deneen, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Lansing, Michigan

Garrick Beckett, Zion Lutheran Church, Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Matthew Dubensky, Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, Chicago Heights, Illinois

Miguel Gonzalez-Feliciano, King of Glory Lutheran Church, Elgin, Illinois

Zachery Sarrault, Resurrection Lutheran Church, Cary, North Carolina

Those who received vicarage placements include:

Brandon Bettcher, Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Boca Raton, Florida

James Haugen III, Saint Paul Lutheran Church and School, Napoleon, Ohio

Joshua Duncan, Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Joel Werner, Saint Luke’s Lutheran Church, Oviedo, Florida

See pastoral calls and vicarage placements for the alumni of Concordia’s Wisconsin campus.

Click here for a complete list of all Concordia Seminary, St. Louis assignments of calls and internships.

Click here for a complete list of all Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne assignments of calls and internships.

Revisit Call Day calls and placements from recent years:

Call Day 2020

Call Day 2019

Call Day 2018

We pray for all students considering church work vocations, and encourage those who would like to refer a prospective student to CUAA’s pre-seminary program to connect with Director of Pre-Seminary Studies Rev. Ted Hopkins, PhD. Learn more about CUAA’s pre-seminary program.

— Rachel Thoms served on Concordia University's Strategic Communications team from 2015-2022. Any inquiries about this story can be sent to

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