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Denominational Formation

Floyd Schoenhals
Director of Ministerial Formation Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Because of its ecumenical character and local availability, Phillips Theological Seminary is an ideal community for ELCA students in the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod to prepare for ministry before participating in the required year at an ELCA seminary.

The director of ministerial formation is available to:

  • meet with ELCA students at Phillips on a scheduled basis;
  • provide support and counsel for spiritual formation and personal and professional development;
  • teach or arrange for the teaching of any required history and polity courses;
  • inform and counsel ELCA students concerning denominational requirements;
  • communicate the ELCA vision and mission so that students are prepared to meet this church’s leadership needs.



Schoenhals retired in 2011 as the Bishop of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod ELCA, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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