Matthias Peterson-Brandt grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and attended a Spanish immersion elementary and middle school. He attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he studied Spanish and English. While in college, he was a chaplain’s assistant and began to feel a call to ministry. He spent a year as an Americorps volunteer in Chicago working with a homeless agency. Matthias has completed his first two years of seminary at San Francisco Theological Seminary in the Bay Area, and is looking forward to ministering with Immanuel.
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Matthias Peterson-Brandt fue criado en Kansas City, Missouri y asistió una escuela primaria y secundaria de inmersión español. Asistió el Colegio Coe en Cedar Rapids, Iowa, donde estudio Español y Ingles. Mientras que estaba en el colegio, fue un asistente de un capellán y comenzó a sentir una llamada al ministerio. Paso un año como un voluntario de Americorps en Chicago, trabajando en una agencia para aquellos sin vivienda. Matthias completo sus primeros dos años de seminario en el Seminario Teológico de San Francisco en Bay Area, y esta esperando sirviendo en Immanuel.
I often tell people that although I was born and raised in the apple orchards of Northwestern Indiana, my heart is flavored with the coffee beans of Latin America. As a high school student, while growing up in the Presbyterian Church, I developed a love for Hispanic Language and Culture and after graduation, moved to Arizona to study Spanish. As my parents are both teachers, I recognized my inheritance of strong teaching talents early in my college career. I became a bilingual elementary teacher in inner-city Phoenix for children of immigrant families. I loved this profession but felt that God was continually calling me to vocation in the church. As I began exploring the possibility of attending seminary in Arizona, my husband received a job offer in Pasadena, CA. It was a big change for us to move to the “Golden” State but it was evident that God was calling us to this place and me to seminary at San Francisco Theological Seminary SoCal. I am currently starting my 3rd year and am pursuing a Masters of Divinity Degree. I am excited to be here at Immanuel, learning and serving God in a unique urban multicultural setting.