Academics

Jon Polfer takes advantage of opportunities to witness his faith

Jon Polfer (’07) chose theology as a major, not because he wanted to be a pastor, but because it helped him rediscover his faith.  He wants to use his major as a basis for serving his church.

During Christmas break 2005, he traveled to Missisago, Ontario, Canada, as part of the Travel Canvass Witness program – a joint effort between WLC and the WELS Kingdom Workers.  He stayed with a family and helped however he could – handing out pamphlets and talking with people, helping sort files and singing Christmas carols.

Polfer also had the opportunity to preach in a WLC chapel service. “It has helped me understand ministry,” he explains. “This experience made it more real. It’s challenging to write a sermon and balance law and gospel.” 

Along with Judy Eggers, director of residence life, Polfer created “Luther Fest,” an evening meant to teach and share information about Martin Luther’s life.  “Martin Luther is important.  Without him, this school would not be what it is today.”  Luther Fest consists of discussion, German dinner, gifts, prizes, trivia and a film biography on Luther’s life.

“The faculty has played a huge roll in keeping me at WLC.  I am impressed with their faith and how it affects their work.”