Director of Church Relations and Alumni
B.A., University of Sioux Falls, 1971
M.Div., Sioux Falls Seminary, 1974
D.Min., Sioux Falls Seminary, 2011
I grew up on a farm near Bridgewater, SD, and attended First Baptist Church, Emery, SD, with my family. A sermon by Rev. M. D. Wolff during my college years challenged the congregation to consider God’s call to vocational ministry. His question, “Why not you?” was like an arrow directed right at my heart and challenged me to respond to God’s call to “the ministry” – a call I had sensed from early childhood.
In 1971, I enrolled at Sioux Falls Seminary (SFS). From seminary, God led me to rural North Dakota where I was a pastor for nearly 30 years. After the death of my wife in 2000 and my marriage to Karla in 2003, God called me back to Sioux Falls Seminary.
In my travel to churches and in my conversations with people wherever I go, I have the privilege of telling people about the exciting things that are happening at Sioux Falls Seminary and to encourage people of all ages to consider how God may be calling them to ministry and seminary.
Study has been a continual part of my life for many years – first as a college and seminary student and then as a preaching pastor. I thank God for the blessings of a lifetime of study and proclamation of his word. When I have spare time, I enjoy reading, riding bicycle, spoiling my grandchildren, and dining out with my wife.