Experienced Leaders Continue to Develop at Northern Seminary

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Northern Seminary students are far from new to ministry—many have been leading in the church for years. Keri Ladouceur is one such pastor-seminarian. Currently pursuing her Master of Arts in New Testament at Northern, she serves as community pastor at Community Christian Church in Naperville, Illinois. She is also the founder of New Ground Network, where she coaches church leaders in developing their unique visions. Keri’s previous roles include serving as a marketplace executive and in senior leadership at Willow Creek Community Church (South Barrington, Illinois). She has coached pastors and nonprofit leaders for over a decade.

Why would such an experienced leader seek out seminary? “It was an incredible story, actually,” says Keri. “I had a desire to grow in my understanding, insight, and depth of knowledge regarding God’s Word. As I was teaching more, the weight of preaching grew and continued education seemed like a great way to continue to grow and learn.” She had begun to explore multiple options when Dr. Scot McKnight encouraged her to consider Northern Seminary.

Keri was attracted by the opportunities at Northern to be challenged by a diversity of voices and perspectives and to journey with a cohort of co-laborers. Balancing ministry and studies, she anticipates graduating in two to three years.

That balancing act has been worth it, Keri says, especially during the current pandemic. “Seminary has given me more insight, greater perspective, and deeper engagement with the Word of God myself. My preaching and teaching come with a greater richness stemming from what I’m learning in the Word.” She adds, “The way the faculty engages, encourages, and challenges learners models the goodness of God’s Kingdom. They have been accessible, available, and grace filled—especially as the weight of ministry has shifted through COVID.”

The pandemic has been a catalyst for many leaders to reflect on their ministries and their own spiritual development. For more information on how Northern equips leaders, visit https://www.seminary.edu/programs/ and request the free ebook Why Seminary?

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To donate, visit https://www.seminary.edu/connect/donate/ or call (630) 620-2180.

 

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