"CLAYTON, Mo. – As new students wandered onto the campus of Concordia Seminary (St Louis - MH) last September, they were joined by another group of theological rookies — mostly midcareer types — joining the school's program that allows students to train for the ministry online.
As the consultants, electricians, farmers and entrepreneurs in the Specific Ministry Pastor Program met up before reconnecting online from hundreds or thousands of miles away in the coming weeks, one student's story truly rocked.
David Ellefson was an honest-to-God founding member of the legendary thrash metal band Megadeth...by the time Ellefson was 25, the rock star lifestyle had caught up to him. In a 12-step recovery program, he was reintroduced to his faith and embraced it. He moved to Arizona, married and had children. He eventually landed at Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran Church, a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod congregation in Scottsdale.
"I came from a good family, not a broken home," said Ellefson, 47. "That became a model for me, and I saw church at (the) center of it." Courtesy Religion News Service. Read the whole thing here.
Just for the record, I have no idea who Megadeth were/are (I spent the '80s listening to Beatles and Byrds albums, and these days the "heaviest" music on my turntable is probably Bach's fugues), but nevertheless I found this story interesting, not least because Ellefson's story will give many of the older generation hope that their wayward adult children might return to practicing the faith one day (another post on that topic coming up).
God bless your studies, David!