Name: Hannah Trommer
Age: 18 years
Education: High school graduate
1. WHAT ARE YOUR TALENTS AND STRENGTHS?
I am a very cheerful and open person and attract people with my charisma, can inspire them and pull them along and can therefore also be a role model for young people. My heart starts to burn when I talk about Jesus and preach him and I can lead people to God. I like to be creative and have a passion for singing and worshipping and love to lead people into a holy atmosphere and the presence of God.
2. WHAT WAS YOUR CAREER ASPIRATION BEFORE YOUR CONVERSION? WHAT WAS YOUR PASSION?
So with about 4 years I wanted to become a meter maid because I thought this device was so cool, what they always had with them …..but my family didn’t like it so much, later it was a flower woman. But I quickly realized that it had to be something social. Already early I have invested time and participated in the church community.
And because it gave me so much joy, I developed a passion for pastoral ministry and so I came to THS.
3. HOW HAVE YOU BEEN SHAPED BY YOUR PARENTS AND YOUR HOME?
I love my family and my parents are just the best. As the fourth and last child of my parents, I grew up and was brought up on a farm lovingly, appreciatively and with Christian values. Through my huge extended family I love the community with people and find it totally boring to be alone.
4. WHEN AND HOW DID YOU CONVERT? HOW DID THE CHANGE OF HEART TO BECOME A PASTOR COME ABOUT? WAS THERE A PARTICULAR SITUATION THAT TRIGGERED IT?
I was brought up as Christian from the beginning. But I deliberately choose Jesus because I wanted to be baptized in 2014, because I didn’t want to be an ordinary christian who goes to church once a week, but finally wanted to experience really big miracles.
5. AREN’T YOU WORRIED ABOUT LEADING A PRETTY BORING AND EXHAUSTING LIFE AS A PASTOR? RENUNCIATION, HIGH MORAL STANDARDS, CONSTANTLY ANNOYING PEOPLE OR EVEN UNEMPLOYMENT?
Boring?! No way! As a pastor you are always faced with new challenges and it is a very varied profession. It is so interesting to experience the life stories of people and to lead them on a very special way and to accompany them. It inspires me to see and develop the most diverse gifts and talents in people. Sure it’ll be exhausting sometimes, but where didn’t you get it? With the awareness that I do everything for God and help to build his kingdom, everything is easier and you always have a positive attitude.
6. CAN´T YOU AS AN ENTREPRENEUR OR POLITICIAN BUILD THE KINGDOM OF GOD JUST AS EFFECTIVELY AS YOU CAN AS A PASTOR?
Of course you can. You have to orientate yourself quite early in life and find out where you see your strengths in everyday life. That can be in any job you do. The challenge is only to unite one’s profession with faith and not to separate the two. With the different professions you have different areas on which you can influence. And as a Christian you can and should always make a difference.
7. IN THE THS ACADEMY YOU GET A REAL INSIGHT INTO THE EVERYDAY LIFE OF A PASTOR – WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE? WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT IT AND WHAT DON’T?
I think it’s cool that I was able to grow into the management team so quickly and can also take on responsibility. Of course, as a newcomer you also get typical tasks, which are not always nice. But they’re also part of it. Life isn’t a pony farm, isn´t it? And somehow it’s always funny.
8. WHAT MUST A FUTURE PASTOR LEARN?
It must be learned how to lead and guide a group of people, how to train them in discipleship and how to teach them faith with basic biblical values and spiritual depth without loosing touch with reality and application to everyday life.
9. MANY PASTORS DREAM OF THE GREAT BREAKTHROUGH AND CHURCH GROWTH AND GET DISAPPOINTED. SOME ARE GETTING OUT. WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS?
For a pastor it is enormously important to manage his time well and not to neglect the intimate time with God, but to ask God again and again what he wants and what his plan is.
Our society strives for performance and perfectionism, where we cannot afford to make mistakes. Pastors in particular often have to make decisions. It’s quite normal to make mistakes, too. Everyone makes them… and you learn from them. Probably many pastors in such a situation loose their heavenly perspective and let themselves be determined, intimidated and give up by worldly values.
10. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO STUDY AT THE THS ACADEMY AND NOT AT ANOTHER THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE?
A normal study of theology at a university was out of the question for me from the beginning. That was just too dry for me and doesn’t suit me as a personality.
I am a person who wants to be practically active and who does not study for countless years and then still has no practical experience. At the THS, both have been linked together and thus there is enough variety. So just the thing for me!
11. WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED MOST SO FAR? WHERE HAVE YOU CHANGED THROUGH EDUCATION?
Right in the first month I learned to trust God anew. Although I’ve been conscious about my finances before, it’s different when you’re suddenly on your own. And I had to trust God, that he will provide me with sufficient financial resources at the right moment. This is and remains a challenge! But it works!
12. IF YOU IMAGINE A TYPICAL WEEK IN 10 YEARS – YOU CAN DREAM WILD – WHAT WOULD IT LOOK LIKE?
I could imagine to tour internationally with my own worship band, to stand on stage and lead people to Jesus with music and testimonies from my own life. Maybe even to have released the first album. I want to change the world and be obedient to what God tells me to do! 20 years later i’m in Africa with my best friend. There we build an orphanage together, look after the children and provide them with medical care. Of course we also tell them about Jesus. We found a church where the children experience the Christian lifestyle and grow into a relationship with Jesus at an early age. Oh well, and of course I already have my own family!
And now it’s your turn:
What is YOUR calling from God?