Rev. Kyle Severson
- Glenview, IL
St. Philip Lutheran Church, Glenview, IL.
What brings you joy in your ministry?
I love people and sharing in God's love with them is absolutely life-giving. I am passionate about faith growth and formation through liturgy and education. I am nourished by walking with people in their own journey of faith, seeing Scripture come alive in their lives and being nourished by Christ's real presence in the sacraments, and dwelling with them in the mystery and beauty of ritual experiences.
Who inspires you in ministry or seminary?
So many people have inspired me along my journey and continue to do so: the pastor who gave me so many formative experiences and strengthened my call as a teenage, Rev. Todd Napoli; my campus pastor at Augustana College, Rev. Richard Priggie; Rev. Craig Mueller and the ministry of Holy Trinity Lutheran Chicago; sooooo many families at my internship congregation and my supervising pastors, Rev. Chris Meyer and Rev. Doug Meyer; my parents and friends who have supported me every step of the way, and certainly my husband, Clyde.
What are your interests outside of ministry?
Choral music, playing the piano, playing with our adorable cat Zeke, watching documentaries, reading...
Best meal you've ever eaten?
My husband is a fantastic cook and so I continually get to eat fantastic meals but I'm always impressed by a wonderful gourmet burger...
I was born and raised in Joliet, IL and graduated from Augustana College (IL) with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. After teaching 4th-12th grade choral music in the Iroquois West Community Unit School District #10 for two years, I began my seminary education at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. My pastoral internship was at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit in Lincolnshire, IL. I met my partner as a freshman in college at Augustana and we entered into a civil union in 2011. We had a wonderful church ceremony and reception surrounded by friends and family in November 2012 and were able to convert our civil union to a marriage in June 2014.
Did you always want to be clergy?
Since I was a young child, I have felt a calling to the office of Word and Sacrament. I often “baptized” my stuffed animals, preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ from behind my vacuum box “pulpit”, and married my friends underneath the playground jungle gym with the Occasional Services book I “borrowed” from my church library. While this was obviously not an authorized calling of the church, it is clear to me that my faith and call to ministry have been important elements of who I am and part of my vocation since I was young and has continued to mature and be strengthened.