Six Questions with Pastor Esget


1. What do you teach at ILS/what is your role at ILS?

In my 14 years at Immanuel, it feels like I’ve taught just about everything at one point or another! I have especially fond memories of teaching Latin in the nascent years of our classical transition. Currently I teach 7th & 8th grade Theology; we are studying “Demonstration of the Apostolic Preaching” by St. Irenaeus. I also serve as Superintendent of ILS – an easy role with such a capable Headmaster in Ms. Habrecht.

2. What does classical education mean to you?

You’ve heard and can recite all the standard answers. When I fell in love with classical education, I thought of it as “the education I wish I had.” Now, it’s the education I want my son to have.

3. What is your favorite thing about ILS?

I love the respect and collegiality of our faculty and staff. This isn’t a job to them, it’s a calling. I love their kindness and commitment.

4. Who was one teacher who inspired you?

My childhood pastor, Rev. Roy Karner was a tall, imposing man from Oklahoma who spent many years as a missionary in Hong Kong before coming to my church. He taught my Confirmation class in my last year of instruction, but he most taught me outside the classroom. I was a rebellious and disobedient teenager, and several times he was called in by other teachers or youth group leaders at my church to deal with my transgressions. He seemed to embody for me the encounter with God: severity giving way to compassion. I feared him because he loved me. Someday I hope to be like him.

5. What is your favorite book? (What book has most inspired you?)

Impossible to pick one. I have reread “The Inimitable Jeeves” (P.G. Wodehouse) many times, because it never fails to make me laugh. “Against Heresies” (St. Irenaeus) had the deepest impact on me as a theologian. I was deeply moved by my recent reading of “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy” (Eric Metaxas) - I feel haunted by its message that Christianity requires radical commitment.

6. Please share one thing families wouldn't already know about you.

I nearly started my first church on fire burning palm fronds to make ashes for Ash Wednesday. That sort of thing really should be done outdoors.


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