Jacob & Kate .
JACOB & KATE TRAEGER Mission Facilitators & Church Planters at IMMANUEL WODEN VALLEY LUTHERAN CHURCH, ACT.
Jacob and Kate met at the University of Adelaide, before moving to Canberra for work in 2013, the same year they were married. They have been heavily involved in Immanuel’s journey as a sending church and Jacob co-led Immanuel’s first missional community.
In May 2018 Jacob took up a call to serve as Missional Facilitator and Church Planting Leader before spending 18 months in 2019 and 2020 serving in a pastoral role in the congregation during a vacancy. He is completing a Master of Arts (Theological Studies) at St Mark’s National Theological College.
Kate is a member of the LCA New and Renewing Churches Committee. She works full-time as a statistician.
Jacob and Kate enjoy playing board games and hiking in Canberra’s bushland.
‘Canberra needs more churches and more Christians in our community. This city has the second-highest percentage of non-religious people in Australia – imagine what would change if more people in Canberra experienced the love and hope we receive from Christ.’
Immanuel Woden Valley Lutheran Church votes to become a Sending Church, exploring new local mission initiatives with the possibility of church planting in Canberra.
LCA Church Planting Mentor Dean Eaton leads training and coaching in local mission and evangelism. Several missional communities are establishing within Immanuel.
Jacob Traeger accepted a call from Immanuel to a full-time position as Mission Facilitator and Church Planting Leader. Before this, Jacob had been a missional community leader at Immanuel, working full-time in the private sector while also studying towards a postgraduate theology degree.
Following the sudden death of LCA NSW and ACT District Bishop James Haak, Immanuel’s pastor Robert Bartholomaeus was elected Bishop of LCA NSW and ACT District. During the subsequent pastoral vacancy Jacob’s role shifted to a pastoral role within the Immanuel congregation.
With the arrival of Pastor Tim Muller at Immanuel, we are focused on forming a church planting team and praying about a location for the church plant.
Canberra has the second-highest percentage of non-religious people in Australia – imagine what would change if more people in Canberra experienced the love and hope we receive from Christ
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