It was a truly joyful Sunday for The Church of Ingria on September 3, 2023, as masters of theology Jarkko Haapanen, Veli-Matti Kujala, Matti Rusama, Santeri Marjokorpi and doctor of theology Hiroaki Yoshimura were ordained into the Office of Pastor at St. Mary’s Lutheran Cathedral of St. Petersburg. Some of them were in the diaconal ministry for several years prior to their pastoral ordination. Dr. Yoshimura will serve the ELCIR Theological Institute (TICI) in Koltushi, Leningrad Oblast.
May the power of the Holy Spirit and abundant fruit for God’s Kingdom manifest themselves in their ministries!
“Then I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. I will set shepherds over them who will care for them, and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall any be missing, declares the LORD.” (Jer. 23:3-4)