EDMONTON – Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) is pleased to announce the second graduate of its Pastors with Alternate Training (PAT) program. Rev. James Kay received his first call at Concordia Lutheran Seminary’s Sacred Convocation May 24 in Edmonton. He will join Grace Lutheran (Edmonton) where he will continue to serve the Nuer-speaking Sudanese community which meets there.
Rev. Kay was born in southern Sudan in 1968 during a period of warfare. He was baptized in Sudan while a teenager, and was active in the church, singing in the choir. He fled Sudan in 2000, and spent the next few years in Egypt, waiting for resettlement. He arrived in Canada in May 2003.
Shortly after arriving, Rev. Kay joined the Nuer community worshipping at Grace Lutheran Church in Edmonton. “I liked the way the Lutheran congregation worshipped,” he explained in PAT submissions, “but something kept bothering me because some of the Sudanese Nuer people didn’t understand English very well.” Nuer-language worship at the church began in 2004. Rev. Kay entered the PAT program in 2008, under the mentorship of Revs. Wayne Jensen and Larry MacKay at Grace Lutheran.
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