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Australian Lutheran College (ALC) students are based around Australia and even overseas – in fact, most ALC students are located off-campus. Meet some members of the ALC community who live and study outside of South Australia.
Principal of St Peters Lutheran College, Springfield, Craig Schmidt has served in education in Queensland for almost 30 years. ‘Studying with ALC has been essential to my explicit understanding of Lutheran theology and its application. ALC contributes to my effective service not only as an educational leader but as a spiritual leader in and of my school community.’
Akala Heinzel is completing a Bachelor of Education at La Trobe University in Bendigo, Victoria, while also doing Lutheran Strand studies through ALC. ‘Being Lutheran, I have always wanted to work in the Lutheran school system and share my faith with my students’, she says. ‘I also wanted to increase my knowledge of what it means to be Lutheran.’
Augustin Muthusami proves distance is no barrier to studying with ALC. A pastor of the Lutheran Church in Malaysia, he is pursuing doctoral research studies. ‘I have enjoyed learning how differently Lutheran identities are constructed in different parts of the world’, he says. ‘I hope to gain a more vibrant understanding of how my brothers and sisters in Malaysia can see themselves as Lutheran.’
For Carlin Ruhle, who lives on a farm in Queensland and works as a teacher aide at a Catholic school, it was a curiosity about theology that led her to enrol in Christian ministry and theology studies at ALC. ‘I am gaining insight and knowledge that is giving me the skills to share God’s love more effectively’, she says.
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