Is it I Lord?
my faith journey
My name is Tom Westcott and I am a senior M.Div. student from Minneapolis, MN. I am a “pipeliner” meaning upon graduating from my undergrad (Augsburg College) I enrolled in seminary. At first I was not sure if I wanted to pursue a career path to one day teach or to enter congregational ministry. After much reflection and finding immense joy from coaching high school football I discerned that God was leading me to become a congregational leader. I am married to my wife Emily (a youth counselor for Catholic Charities) and while we do not have any children, we do have a 1.5 year old dog named Summit.
I grew up in two very different congregations. I was first a member of a small Latvian immigrant congregation where my grandfather was the pastor. He served various Latvian Lutheran communities that were displaced post World War II in the U.S. as well as in the Yukon Territory of Canada before settling with his family in Minneapolis. The community itself was and still remains very small (less than 250 members). When my grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer my family joined a much larger American church in our neighborhood, Mount Olivet (13,000 members). I was confirmed in this congregation and was later employed as a member of the youth staff at both the Minneapolis, MN and Victoria, MN locations. I just finished up my internship at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in North St. Paul, but I am staying on as a part time employee continuing much of my internship ministries: visitation, social ministries, Pub Theology, education, and worship.
I like to think of my faith journey as that of God luring me into the pastoral vocation. I resisted God's calling and thought I was going to be a doctor, but that did not work out. I thought I was going to be a history teacher and a football coach, but that felt incomplete. And then I realized that God was calling me into ordained ministry. It took a leap of faith after careful discernment with mentors to enter seminary and I am loving it. to say the least. I currently find myself being drawn into God's activity in the world through pop culture and how such action informs our faith. I particularly enjoy discerning God's presence in the medium of film.