On June 23 Towne Lake native Alan Mueller, son of Gerald and Joan Mueller, was ordained as a Lutheran Pastor in the Missouri Synod in a ceremony hosted by his home congregation,Timothy Lutheran Church, in Woodstock.
As a student attending E.T. Booth Middle School and Etowah High School, Mueller knew his mission was to spread the Gospel to all. With that goal in mind, he enrolled in Kennesaw State University graduating with a communication degree.
After visiting the campus of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri in 2015, Mueller began four years of study for a Master of Divinity degree.
During seminary, Mueller completed a one-year Vicarage assignment at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Flemington, New Jersey.
On May 1, Mueller participated in Call Day in which graduating students are matched with congregations from around the country. Mueller was named pastor for Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sweet Springs, Missouri.
Following Call Day, Mueller was formally awarded his Master of Divinity degree.
A week later he left for a two-week trip to the Holy Land visiting places such as Bethlehem and Nazareth.
“It is a humbling experience to be walking the same land that Jesus once trod” Mueller said of the experience.
Mueller wanted to have his Ordination Ceremony at Timothy Lutheran Church, his home congregation where he once attended pre-school.
“Timothy as a congregation has uplifted me throughout this journey and I wanted to be ordained here,” he said. “With great joy in my heart I am called to serve in Sweet Springs, Missouri. God is good and I look forward to sharing His eternal truth to His people gathered there and to the community.”
Timothy Lutheran Church itself is currently going through the Call process under the guidance of Pastor Robert Davis, who has been serving the last year in the role of Intentional Interim Pastor.
“We are excited as we call our next Pastor just as Alan is going to serve in the community of Sweet Springs,” Gerald Mueller said.
Timothy Lutheran Church, 556 Arnold Mill Road, holds Sunday services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. with Bible study for all ages at 9:45- 10:45 a.m.