Where has Pastor Uhl served as a pastor, and how does one become a pastor?
I served in 2 rural congregations in Illinois. My internship was at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa. My first call was to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ashkum, which is about 20 minutes south of Kankakee. I served there for almost 8 years. My second call was to Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church near Lee, located 30 minutes southwest of DeKalb. I served there less than 2 years until Parkinson’s Disease caught up with me. Before I became a pastor, I taught high school mathematics for 5 years at Luther High School North in Chicago and 1 year at Kankakee Junior High School.
The most common route to become a pastor is to go to seminary after college. Seminary training consists of 3 years of academics (theology, church history, Bible study, Biblical languages, worship, and pastoral care) and one year of internship at a congregation. I am aware of 9 seminaries supported by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. I graduated from Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.