Our 2022 Graduating Seniors

Join us in celebrating our LCM members and 2022 MSU graduates –

Jarod Anderson *** Maddy Gromer *** Natalie Gates

GO BE GREAT! Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

GO BOBCATS! We are so proud of you and your accomplishments. We wish you all the best and will keep you in our prayers.

LCM 2022 Graduating Senior – Natalie Gates

My name is Natalie Gates and I have been part of Lutheran Campus Ministry for the past four years. I am originally from Helena Montana and was drawn to Bozeman for the mountains and family. I am graduating this spring in Elementary Education with a reading focus and plan to attend Speech Pathology graduate school in the near future! I have spent these past few summers at Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp as a camp counselor as well as a teacher in southwest Kenya this last summer. These experiences have allowed me to appreciate education in diverse environments and have been a leading factor in my desire to teach abroad come fall. I am so thankful for the individuals that have formed a foundation and community for my faith to grow within my college experience and for that I will always have an appreciation and admiration for all that LCM is and provides! 

LCM 2022 Graduating Senior – Maddy Gromer

My name is Maddy Gromer and I am a senior from Rapid City, SD. I am so excited to be graduating with a degree in Cell Biology and Neuroscience with Honors and two minors in Global Health and Psychology. I am involved in a few different things around MSU’s campus like being the AdvoCat tour guide co-coordinator, a member of Health Equity Circle, a volunteer at Bozeman Health, a survivors advocate at MSU’s VOICE Center, a Smarty Cats tutor, as well as a Health Professions Advising Peer Mentor. However, my favorite role is being the president of LCM, a position I know I will miss greatly! In my free time (which is honestly pretty limited with my crazy schedule) I love to go hiking, camping and paddleboarding as well as bake, watch movies, and read. I absolutely love spending time with friends and family and am so lucky that my time in Bozeman has brought me so many great ones. After graduation, I will be getting lots of traveling in before I start medical school at the University of South Dakota this July. To add to the excitement of 2022, I will also be getting married to my wonderful fiancé, Ryan, on September 3rd back in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Graduating from MSU sure is bittersweet but I am so beyond thankful for the last four years and cannot wait for the exciting future ahead!

2022 LCM Phonathon

You may be privileged to receive a phone call from one of our students after springbreak as part of our annual LCM Phonathon. We hope that you will consider supporting our mission with a financial donation at this event. Donations help us work with students to empower spiritual wellness, Christian community, vocational discernment and passionate engagement through worship, Bible study, fellowship and service as disciples in the world. If you would prefer to give online, you can find our 2022 Phonathon link here: http://Secure.myvanco.com/Ygrz

Welcome Pastor JP Carlson to LCM!

Pastor JP Carlson

Meet Pastor JP Carlson, our new Lutheran Campus Ministry Pastor at Montana State University! We are blessed to welcome Pastor JP into his new role with us and look forward to his leadership this school year! Pastor JP has written a few words of introduction:

The son of Presbyterian pastor and an elementary school music teacher, I grew up north and south of the Seattle area, spending my early childhood days in Bellingham and my adolescent and teen years in Lakewood. Go Mariners, Seahawks, Sounders, Kraken (pretty soon!), and Sonics when they make their grand return! My college years were spent in Spokane where I earned a religion major and music minor at Whitworth University. Married during college, my high school sweetheart and I welcomed our first child (Madelyn, now a sophomore at Montana State University) into the world one month before heading off the Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey.

Upon finishing seminary I was called to serve as the Associate Pastor of Adult Education and Pastoral Care at Eastridge Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, NE. During that time my wife and I welcomed our second child (William, now a freshman at Gallatin High School) into the Carlson family and she finished her masters degree in education and began working on her PhD with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After 5 wonderful years there we moved to Omaha where I served as the Associate Pastor of Congregational Life at Dundee Presbyterian Church. While in Omaha my wife received her PhD in Math Education and accepted a faculty position at MSU in 2014.

From 2014 to 2016 I was privileged to pastor First Presbyterian Church (Anaconda) and the Church of the Big Hole (Melrose, Wise River and Wisdom). In 2016 Christ the King Lutheran Church (Bozeman) called me to serve as their Director of Children’s, Youth and Family Ministries.

Fun facts about me include: 1. I sing in the Bozeman Symphony Chorale, 2. I sort of play guitar, 3. I ran my first official trail run race in the spring of 2021, 4. I drink a lot of coffee, 5. I am a huge fan of U2, 6. I work as a part-time chaplain at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, 7. Ivan Doig, Wendell Berry, and Eugene Peterson are some of my favorite writers, 8. I may be a Presbyterian but I love hanging out with Lutherans.

It is with gratitude, joy, and humility that I now move into a shared ministry role with Lutheran Campus Ministry as the Campus Pastor and Christ the King Lutheran Church as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. I am excited to see what God has in store for us as we enter this new season of partnership in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Good and Gracious God, We give thanks and praise for the ministries of Lutheran Campus Ministry at Montana State University. We ask that you pour your blessings on Pastor JP and the students of MSU through the joys and challenges of college life. We ask that you keep them open to new opportunities to expand their minds, deepen their faith and inspire service so all they do may be a reflection of your compassion and peace. Amen.