Dedicated Faculty Expands by Four

Dedicated Faculty Expands by Four

August 6, 2007

Four talented and experienced individuals will join the faculty at Sioux Falls Seminary this summer. Please join us in welcoming to the seminary community the Rev. Dr. Gary Strickland, Dr. Vladimir Kharlamov, Dr. Rhoda Carpenter, and Dr. Susan Reese.

The Rev. Dr. Gary Strickland joins the faculty as Professor of Pastoral Care and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program. He most recently served the pastorate at First Baptist Church in Mauldin, South Carolina, for the last sixteen years. Strickland holds a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. He and his wife, Stephanie, are the parents of three adult children.

Dr. Vladimir Kharlamov joins the seminary's faculty as Assistant Professor of Spiritual Theology. He recently earned his Ph.D. in Theological and Religious Studies from Drew University. He also holds an M.Phil. from Drew University, an M.Div. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and an M.A. from Odessa Theological Seminary as well as Bachelor's degrees from Pacific International University and Moscow Medical College. Kharlamov and his wife, Anna, are newlyweds.

"I have always been attracted to teaching and academic research; it is my calling to ministry," said Kharlamov. "I was drawn to Sioux Falls Seminary because of its size, its practical orientation, denominational diversity, and openness to world challenges."

Dr. Rhoda Carpenter joins the faculty as Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible. She has served as an adjunct faculty member but will now serve as a permanent, part-time faculty member in the area of Old Testament.

"I have a love for the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) that grows deeper with each passing year," said Carpenter. "It is in the pages of these books I meet a God who is larger and more awesome than my ability to comprehend - a creator God full of mercy and grace who lovingly desires a relationship with his people - a God who teaches his people how to live in relationship with him and with one another."

Carpenter holds three Master's degrees and a Doctor of Ministry from Sioux Falls Seminary. She loves the Bible and the Land and, over the years, has spent significant time studying in Israel at the Jerusalem University College and touring biblical lands. She is married to Dr. Paul Carpenter, a cardiologist. Their three daughters are married, two living in southern California and one in the Boston area.

Dr. Susan Reese joins the seminary's faculty part time as Assistant Professor of Spiritual Formation and Vocation. She has most recently been serving as the Interim Dean of Spiritual Formation and Vocation at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. Reese has also served as an adjunct instructor for Sioux Falls Seminary and as a faculty associate for Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN.

"My life has been greatly influenced by men and women of God who committed their hearts, souls, minds and service to the lordship of Christ. These mentors taught me that becoming like Christ requires grace and discipline," Reese said of her passion for teaching spiritual formation and vocation. "I hope to inform and inspire believers in the life long process of transforming to the image of Christ. I also hope to provide students with insight and understanding regarding God's call on their lives."

Reese has over 20 years experience in higher education, serving in positions from admissions counselor to instructor at institutions such as Biola University, the University of Sioux Falls, Bethel College, and Sioux Falls Seminary.

"Rarely in the seminary's history have we had the opportunity to welcome such an array of talented, dedicated, well-credentialed new faculty," said Ron Sisk, Academic Vice President and Dean. "With impeccable scholarship, engaging personal testimony, and rich career experience, these four bring to Sioux Falls Seminary precisely the strength we need to carry us forward in our mission to equip servant leaders for the region and the world."