Immanuel Lutheran names a campus pastor to help address the needs of its Kansas University neighbors.
After working with young people of various ages in various states during many of his 49 years, the new associate pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church and University Student Center thinks he has found a home in Lawrence.
``We're hoping to settle in for a while,'' said Alan Estby, who moved to Lawrence three weeks ago with his wife, Ruth.
Estby will be ordained at 8:30 a.m. and installed at 11 a.m. Sunday as the new associate pastor and campus minister.
Estby steps into a role that has been filled by temporary help for the last two years.
Though the campus ministry has grown stronger during that time, Immanuel Lutheran's senior pastor, the Rev. Don Miller, said he is looking forward to the continuity that having a full-time person will bring.
The students are an important part of Immanuel's ministry, Miller said. The church building is across from campus at 15th and Iowa streets, and Miller said, on average, between 35 to 50 students attend Sunday services each week.
It is a core group on which Estby hopes to build.
Estby just graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Before that he had spent 13 years working with college-age youths at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., and Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D.
Estby also spent years reaching out to young people in congregations in Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin.
Ministering to college students brings unique challenges, Estby said.
``You are always working with the fact they are going to school,'' he said. ``You are working with all the things that come with that: time ... anxiety ... fears ... `Am I going to be getting where I want to be going, and what do I do when I get there?'''
Estby said the goal is to make spiritual growth a part of the students' educational and personal growth.
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