TLS Success Story – Pastor Karl Fay, Class of 1996

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How has your education at Topeka Lutheran School prepared you for your life? The education I received at TLS provided a wonderful foundation for everything that has followed. I learned to love reading through Barb McComas, and Margaret Schaefer magically made English grammar genuinely enjoyable for me as a middle schooler. These are gifts that keep giving as I speak, write, and lead. I received opportunities that I may not otherwise have had to participate in sports and there developed grit and perseverance and competency in teamwork.

What is one thing you would want people to know about Topeka Lutheran School that they might not think about? The relationships formed at TLS with teachers, students, and other parents far outlive one’s life as a TLS student. They are a lasting treasure.

How has the teaching and modeling of Jesus' salvation received at Topeka Lutheran School impacted your trust in the Lord? I learned to love Jesus, the Bible, and the church at TLS. The teachers were for me some of my first encounters with Jesus and his love. I probably wouldn’t be a pastor today had these early experiences not been such positive ones.

Please list some accomplishments that you have achieved since leaving TLS. Topeka High School, ‘00 B.A. Studio Art + Pre-Seminary Program, Concordia University, NE, ‘04 MDiv, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, ‘09

(Note to readers: Pastor Fay has graciously offered his own art creation for the TLS “Growing God’s Children for Generations to Come” capital campaign. Please join us on Friday, May 3 at the First Friday Art Show where his creation will be unveiled.)

About the artist Karl Fay: Karl Fay (TLS 1996) is married to Kendra (née Schmidt, TLS 1997). They have four children June, Ruben, Iris, and Ezra, and they live in the Chicago suburbs where Karl serves as Senior Pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. For recreation, he creates highly detailed word art.