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Seminarians

We are glad to welcome two seminary students to Good Shepherd. Seminary students often participate in field-education placements in parishes so that they have parish ministry experience as part of their seminary training. If you see our seminarians on campus, we hope you will say hello.

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Eric Bumgardner, Seminarian

Hi, new friends at Good Shepherd! My name is Eric Bumgardner and I'm a Master of Divinity (MDiv) student beginning my final year of studies at the Seminary of the Southwest here in Austin, and a candidate for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. I'm married to Keirsten, who teaches middle and high school students with special needs, and we have two boys: Jack (22) and Sean (18). Originally from Arkansas, I grew up overseas, and returned to the States to eke out an undergraduate degree before teaching and working in higher education for 20 years. I find myself deeply called to pastoral ministry; to be with those who are finding the edge of themselves and are seeking to accept the invitation of God to move beyond these limits and into a relationship with the One who is the source of our being. I desire to stand in the gap with those who are on the frontier of their own lives and are, consciously or otherwise, seeking to accept this offer as well. When not working or studying, I just want to be outside with the birds!

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Dakota Cody Blackmon, Seminarian

Hello! My names Cody! I am so excited to be joining your church community. I am a second year seminarian at the Seminary of the Southwest and I am pursuing ordination to the priesthood in the Diocese of Arkansas. I have lived all of my life in Arkansas, save for the occasional bout of extended travel. I have been in the Arkansas Army National Guard for the past eleven years and hope to eventually serve as a military chaplain in addition to my service as a parish priest. I’m happy to be joining y’all and look forward to growing closer to God alongside you.