The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod has a set standard for the training of their pastors. They are required to have a bachelors degree before being admitted into one of our seminaries:

Future pastors begin their studies by completing two successful years (six quarters) of theological study. This makes them eligible to begin their vicarage or internship.

Vicarage takes place in one calendar year, usually beginning in August. The synod has prepared over 200 congregations, throughout the nation, to accept vicars. Throughout that year the local pastor trains the vicar in writing and preaching sermons, teaching, making sick calls, working with the youth, serving with parish boards, attending conferences, and in general exposing them to and preparing them for the work of the parish ministry.

When this year is successfully completed, the candidate returns to the Seminary for one more year (three quarters) of study. Then, upon graduation, he will receive a call into the ministry and assigned a congregation.

The following is a list of the vicars who have served Shepherd of the Valley showing the year of vicarage, vicar’s name, and present place of ministry. The first vicar served under Pastor Boye while the rest served under Pastor Shoemaker.

At SOTV Vicar Current Assignment Location
1980-1981 Mark Kastner Calvary Medford, NJ
1984-1985 James J. Glaspie U.S. Navy Chaplain CNH District
1985-1986 Timothy Shoup St. Paul Bonduel, WI
1986-1987 Joel Baseley Emmanuel Dearborn, MI
1987-1988 Clark H. Jahnke St. Andrew West Fargo, ND
1988-1989 Wade R. Meyer Good Shepherd Alexandria, MN
1989-1990 David C. Weber Our Savior Manchester, IA
1990-1991 Steven Borst University Chaplain Irvine, CA
1991-1992 Jeffery L Bundt Rocky Mountain District Denver, CO
1992-1993 Johathan Lange Messiah St. Louis, MO
1993-1994 Paul Stark Gethsemane Riverside, CA
1994-1995 Bill Chu Holy Cross Concord, CA
1995-1996 Thomas Vanderbilt St. Martin Clintonville, WI
1996-1997 Kevin Tiaden St. Paul Wichita Falls, TX
1997-1998 Frederick Hoover First Lutheran Dinuba, CA
1998-1999 Bryan Hopfensperger St. John Culbertson, NE
1999-2000 Patrick Poock Messiah Lutheran Ewa Beach, HI

We dearly love all the vicars who served at Shepherd of the Valley. It is our hope that we will be able to resume this program in the future.