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Want to meet the person who may be your next pastor or Christian day school teacher? This series profiles the men and women who are in their final year of preparation for the public teaching or preaching ministry at our Immanuel Lutheran College and Seminary in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Age: 22

Program: Education

Year in School: Senior

Where were you born?

Farmington, Minnesota.

Where did you grow up?

Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota.

Married? Unmarried? Tell us about your family .

I am engaged to Pastor Zachary Sippert and will be married in May 2023. My parents are Nick and Joanna Gamble. They, as well as my brother and his wife, live in the Twin Cities area.

What hobbies, sports or extracurriculars interest you?

I enjoy painting and other forms of art, puzzles, and both watching and playing a variety of sports.

Tell us one thing about yourself that most people don’t know.

I spent a lot of time in the garage with my dad as a kid and although I didn’t retain much of it, I still do prefer to change my own oil.

Which academic subjects especially interest you?

I have always enjoyed math and art. Some of my favorite college courses at ILC were Dogmatics and Science Methods.

How did you first come to consider the public teaching or preaching ministry as a career?

If anyone had asked me in my first two-and-a-half years of high school what I was going to do, I would have confidently said “I’m going to be an engineer.” Midway through my junior year, I realized that wasn’t the path for me. I wanted a career that combined both my logical and artistic sides, and I really came to recognize the importance of the Christian education I had received and the positive influence my grade school teachers had on me. As I considered each of these things, the Lord led me to begin the education program at Immanuel.

What have you appreciated most about your time at ILC?

Being surrounded by many who shared my beliefs, I found ILC to be a comfortable and nourishing place to grow as a young adult and as a Christian. Throughout my time at Immanuel, my Christian education never stopped. I have always enjoyed learning, and the professors at ILC encouraged me by both word and example to keep God’s Word as the object of my education. What greater gift could a school have given me?

What qualities do you think will most be needed by the future leaders of the church?

Faithfulness and love. Faithfulness to God, to all the teachings of His Word, to the students we teach, the congregations we serve, to family, and to friends. Love for God, His true Word, and each of His children. We trust and pray that faithfulness and love pour out of the gift of faith which we have received.

Lutheran Spokesman