The SW MN Synod received two new candidates for call during the churchwide assignment process. We are grateful for Andrés Albertsen and Jane Crawford who will come to serve in your synod. Meet Andrés and next week we will share a little something about Jane.
I am an Argentinean of Danish descent. My four grandparents were immigrants from Denmark and I grew up in one of the four Lutheran Danish congregations in my country. I went to seminary in Argentina at the Ecumenical Theological University ISEDET, and since the Lutheran Danish congregations in Argentina still are part of the Church of Denmark through the Danish Church Abroad/Danish Seamen’s Church, I went to Denmark to be ordained. After serving a small rural congregation in the island of Funen for half a year, I returned to Argentina and served the Danish Lutheran Church in the large and multicultural city of Buenos Aires as its solo pastor for 20 years. In 2011, I came to Minnesota to pursue a PhD in Systematic Theology at Luther Seminary. Soon the ELCA St. Paul Reformation Lutheran Church in St. Paul became my congregation. I had already fallen in love with the ELCA in 2009, when I attended the historic churchwide assembly of that year as a visitor, while I was spending a sabbatical semester at LSTC in Chicago. Over my years here, I have enjoyed the so-called “ministry of the pew,” and I have preached and led worship in many different congregations and participated in other ministries of the church, all while I went through the candidacy process with the St. Paul Area Synod. My PhD journey has been long and it is not totally completed, but I am ready for a call now, excited of my assignment to the Southwestern Minnesota Synod for my first call in the ELCA. I cannot wait to begin unwrapping with the people of a congregation what God has in store for us.