PASTOR CHRISTOPHER ASCHER
Pastor Christopher Ascher
Most enjoyable aspects of your teaching ministry: It might be too predictable, but as a pastor I enjoy helping my students learn about the Christian faith and the saving grace of Jesus Christ! I enjoy challenging their minds and pushing them to wrestle with deep questions that every one of us deal with like: “Who am I?” “Where do we come from?”, “Why are we here?”, “What is right and wrong?” and “Who determines it?” These are questions for which only God’s Word provides sufficient answers.
What are you most looking forward to about the upcoming school year? Each student is in a different place in his or her faith journey, I look forward to walking a piece of that journey with them for the time I have them in class at Lutheran High.
What are your hobbies? There is not a lot of time outside of teaching at Lutheran High and serving my congregation at Resurrection Lutheran Church. When I do have free time I like to use it to watch college basketball games (Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk! Go KU!) or St Louis Cardinals baseball. I also enjoy reading and playing games with my family. I have also been known to go chasing after the ever elusive whitetail and cooking up a homegrown batch of fire-breathing salsa.
What is your favorite flavor of ice-cream? While I like most ice-cream, my favorite flavor by far is French vanilla (especially if it is homemade) because it is the most versatile. Not only is it wonderful on its own, but it can also be topped with hot fudge or placed on top of warm pie or mixed with cookies or candy to change things up.
What is your favorite Bible verse? My favorite Bible verse is my Confirmation verse, Psalm 37:5. "Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act." It reminds me to trust in Him in all things. I need to be reminded of this constantly.
Tells us about your college education.
I attended the University of Kansas (KU) in Lawrence, KS with an intent to watch big-time college athletics. While there I played tuba in the marching band, so that I could get good seats! After several changes to my major, I graduated in 1999 with my Bachelors of Science Degree (BSE) in Elementary/Middle Education with an emphasis on Social Studies and English. Instead of teaching, I went on to Concordia Seminary in St Louis where I graduated with my Masters of Divinity (MDIV) in 2003.
After several years as a pastor, I returned to school part-time at Concordia Seminary where I graduated with my Doctor of Ministry (DMIN) degree in 2014. I believe in life-long learning and am always considering what I can learn next.