June 10, 2023 – 11:00 a.m. CT
Meet the missionaries/teachers who will be commissioned on June 10:
Mr. Jeremy Seeger – Tech Missionary on the Asia One team
Jeremy Seeger, son of Paul and Jane Seeger, was born March 6, 1987, and baptized at Bethany Lutheran Church in Manitowoc, Wis., on March 14, 1987. He was confirmed in the Christian faith at Bethany on May 5, 2001. He graduated from Manitowoc Lutheran High School in 2005 and received a Bachelor of Science in education from Martin Luther College in 2009. He later earned his master’s degree in education through Martin Luther College in 2019.
Jeremy has served as a teacher at HOPE Christian School: Prima in Milwaukee, Wis. (2009-2012), Rising Eagles Academy in Beijing (2012-2013), Martin Luther in Oshkosh, Wis. (2013-2017), and Divine Savior Academy in Doral, Fla. (2017-present). He has also been serving as an online math instructor for Amazing Grace Virtual Academy since 2018.
He and his wife Grace, née Bey, were married in Milwaukee, Wis., at St. James Lutheran Church on May 30, 2010. They have been blessed by God with two daughters, Liliana and Aurelia.
Jeremy has accepted the call to serve on the Asia One Team as a tech missionary, a role that includes coordinating and developing the in person and online technology used by the team to spread the gospel throughout Asia.
Rev. Nixon Vivar – Latin America Team Missionary
Nixon Gregorio Vivar Gomez, son of Gregorio Vivar and Lucrecia Gomez, was born July 15, 1978, in San Antonio, Cañar, Ecuador. He was confirmed in the Christian faith at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, Wis., on January 12, 2001.
Upon confirmation, Nixon wanted to continue his theological studies, but there weren’t materials available in Spanish to become a pastor. Due to Nixon’s interest and other prospects, the Pastoral Studies Institute started a Hispanic branch. Nixon immediately started his studies with teachers who knew Spanish, and materials were created along the way. It took Nixon 15 years to become a WELS pastor. During those years he served as a pastoral assistant at all Milwaukee churches that were part of the Palabra de Vida Ministries at the time, including Gethsemane, St. Peter’s, Christ, and Risen Savior.
He graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary’s Pastoral Studies Institute (PSI) program with a Bachelor of Divinity in 2017. Pastor Vivar served at Christ in Milwaukee, Wis., from 2017 until December 2021, when he was installed as a Latin America Missionary for a one-year call. He accepted a permanent call that includes a move to Quito, Ecuador, in December 2022.
He and his wife Carla, née Falkner, were married on May 3, 2008, at St. James Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, Wis. God has blessed them with two children, Lucas and Samuel.
Nixon and his family will be moving to Ecuador this summer. He will be teaching online classes and following up and mentoring Academia Cristo students throughout Latin America who want to plant churches.
Mr. Ted and Mrs. Amanda Glodowski – Teachers at Peridot-Our Savior’s Lutheran School, San Carlos Apache Reservation, Ariz.
Theodore Glodowski, son of David and Diane Glodowski, was born June 5, 1985, and baptized at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Fountain City, Wis., on July 27, 1985. He was confirmed in the Christian faith at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Winona, Minn., on May 7, 2000. He graduated from Luther Preparatory School in Watertown, Wis., in 2004 and Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minn. in 2009 (B.S. Education).
Ted has served Trinity in Aberdeen, S.D. (2009-2010), St. John’s in Goodhue, Minn. (2011-2017), and First in Elkhorn, Wis. (2017– present).
Amanda Glodowski, daughter of David and Jean Rohde, was born September 18, 1985, and was baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Grover, Wis., on October 13, 1985. She was confirmed in the Christian faith at St. John’s on May 7, 2000. She graduated from Coleman Public High School in Coleman, Wis., in 2004 and Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minn. in 2008 (B.S. Education).
Amanda has served St. John’s in Goodhue, Minn. (2017) and St. John’s in Milwaukee, Wis. (2017– present).
Ted and Amanda were married on June 28, 2009, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Grover, Wis. Shortly, Ted and Amanda will head to the San Carlos Apache Reservation to serve at Peridot-Our Savior’s Lutheran School where Ted will teach 7th grade and Amanda will teach 1st grade.
Ms. Elsa Ponath – Teacher at East Fork Lutheran School, White Mountain Apache Reservation, Ariz.
Elsa Ponath, daughter of Ann and David Ponath, was born and baptized January 4, 2001, in Stillwater, Minn. She was confirmed in the Christian faith at Christ Lutheran Church in North St. Paul, Minn., in May 2015. She graduated from St. Croix Lutheran Academy in 2019 and Martin Luther College in 2023 (B.S. Education). Elsa will be serving as a first and second grade teacher at East Fork Lutheran on the White Mountain Apache Reservation.