By Bev Wieler / West Point News Reporter
When Gina Metze attended the seminary, she was only 20 minutes from her home. Now, as she begins the final step of becoming a minister, she finds herself more than 1,200 miles from her family in South Carolina.
Gina has already graduated from the seminary, which isn’t always the order that seminarians take before becoming a vicar. She will serve in that role the next 12 months at Grace Lutheran Church, West Point.
Seminary students with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America often have more classes to finish after their year of serving as an intern pastor (vicar).
But Vicar Gina will go straight into a parish, she said. She is hoping to find a church in the vicinity of her home in South Carolina.
Vicar Metze has always been involved with her church. Her goal this year at Grace, she said, is setting a goal of establishing her own pastoral authority.
“I need to see myself in a pastoral role, not as an administrator,” she said.
At the seminary she found herself drawn to pastoral care given to those who are nearing the end of their life. Another of her interests is working with youth.
Friday she was preparing for a weekend youth lock-in at Grace Lutheran and was taking a treat that no doubt made an impression with the kids.
“My husband, Dion, is a Russel Stover/Whitman representative,” Gina said. “The last time I went home I brought back a suitcase of chocolate.”
Handing out samples isn’t what she did before the seminary.
“In my first career I was an accountant. I worked for small businesses and out of my home,” she said.
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