There are many adjectives I could use in an effort to answer the question of who I am. Naive, idealistic, postmodern, arrogant, sarcastic, Lutheran, student, son, husband, brother, and friend are only but a few of the vast collection of words at my disposal.But, rather than use those words without context in an effort to portray myself as I want you to see me, I will simply say that my name is Matt Borrasso.

I recently finished my M.Div. at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO. The path I have taken to get to this point is a story in and of itself as my seminary journey began in 2008 when I graduated from Concordia University–Chicago. Although I started at Concordia Seminary in the fall of that year I ended up leaving after my second year. Returning to graduate work in early 2011 at Northern Seminary I began to understand what it means to possess a theological identity, a confession, a credo. It was there, amongst the best the church has to offer, that the Lutheran Confession was made my own, and in doing so, motivated me to finish my M.Div. in the place it began. Graduating with an M.A. in 2012 I returned in the fall of that year and, after one quarter of classes, went on a year long internship in Fredericksburg, VA. That was truly a wonderful time as it gave me the opportunity to be part of a community of faith and learn how to take what I had learned and put it into practice. In April of 2014 my wife and I were blessed to hear that we were being placed in Parkton, Maryland. Having graduated in May, ordained in June, and now installed as the pastor I am looking forward to the days ahead. This was not the path I thought I would take to get through seminary when I began 6 years ago, but I would not trade it for anything. It has made me who I am and has shaped the person I hope to become.

If I had my way my journey in the academic world would continue with Ph.D. studies in an area which not only peaks my interest but would be a benefit to the church; what that field is, exactly, remains to be determined. Regardless, the more I study theology the more I realize that, if left only to discussion, theology is a fruitless enterprise; it must give birth to something. I want to spend my time life loving those whom God has given me to serve, in the place he has put me, with the gifts an talents he has given me. Then, and only then, my confession makes a difference, not with words that I can hide behind but with ones that challenge me to live, breathe, think, act, and serve my neighbor.

I welcome and encourage any questions, comments, criticisms, and any other thoughts you might have. After all, we are all in this together.

If you’d like to continue the conversation…

Email: embracingtheheritage@gmail.com

Twitter: @borrasso

Facebook: Credo

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