Service-focused student activities and helpful faculty led Sara Scungio to her vocation

Sara wants to do away with the misconception that homeschooled students have difficulty adapting to a new environment. “As a homeschool student, I had a very easy time adjusting to college life at CUC,” she says. “I had friends on my floor who helped me become more outgoing by participating in activities such as swing dance, handbells, Ultimate Frisbee and Concordia Youth Ministry.”

Going into college, Sara knew she wanted to serve as a church worker, but wasn’t sure exactly how. After discussing her interests and strengths with her professors, she decided to pursue CUC’s deaconess program—the only undergraduate deaconess program among LCMS institutions. “CUC has an amazing theology faculty, full of intelligent professors who are always willing to help students and work with them one-on-one,” she says. “They want to serve their students by teaching, helping them learn and praying for them.”

Sara now serves as a deaconess at Concordia Lutheran Ministries in Cabot, PA, where she visits with older adults in personal care (assisted living), skilled nursing, independent living and hospice. “I teach Bible studies and lead hymn-sings at multiple sites, as well as provide spiritual care visits for many of our residents,” Sara says. “I have been thoroughly equipped for service through my theology classes, and I continue to grow in my theological knowledge because of them.”

Sara Scungio

Sara Scungio ’20, BA, theology-deaconess program
Williamsburg, VA