Seminary’s 151st Commencement Service is Saturday, May 23, at 2:00 p.m.

Seminary’s 151st Commencement Service is Saturday, May 23, at 2:00 p.m.

May 20, 2009

Sioux Falls Seminary will graduate its 151st class at 2:00 p.m. this Saturday, May 23, at Central Baptist Church located at 3100 W. Ralph Rogers Road.

The seminary, which relocated from Rochester, New York, to Sioux Falls in 1949, will confer the following degrees to the Class of 2009: Doctor of Ministry, Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, Master of Arts in Counseling, Master of Arts (Bible and Theology), and Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies.

Saturday's service will include a full academic procession by the seminary's faculty and administration. Dr. Roger L. Fredrikson, Sioux Falls Seminary Adjunct Professor and Pastor Emeritus at First Baptist Church in Sioux Falls, will deliver the commencement address titled "The Final Exam Question."

"In hard times, it is especially important that the church has ministers who are sensitive to human need. In confusing times, the church desperately needs ministers who know what they believe," said Dr. Ronald Sisk, Academic Vice President and Dean. "The pastors, counselors, and scholars of the Class of 2009 are women and men who will bring honor to the church."

Members of the Sioux Falls Seminary Class of 2009 are:

DOCTOR OF MINISTRY
TIMOTHY J. HEUPEL, Aberdeen, South Dakota
JAMES R. KOLLER, Marion, South Dakota
GODLOVE NKWAIN NDONGNDEH, Bamenda, North West Province, Cameroon

MASTER OF DIVINITY
JEFFREY S. ADEL, North Sioux City, South Dakota
DAVID JOHN DEWEY, Great Bend, Kansas
JERALD L. KROEKER, Viborg, South Dakota
NATHANIEL J. LARSON, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
RICHARD P. MERKOURIS, Alden, Minnesota
SEBIT UKIDI MOI UGURA, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
SHELLY LYNN PALMER, Alcester, South Dakota
DAVID SCOTT PENN, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
DONALD RUSSELL VANDERLIP, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
RONALD H. VAN PEURSEM, Leota, Minnesota

MASTER OF ARTS
ALEXIS BARD (Marriage and Family Therapy), Sioux Falls, South Dakota
SHANNON GORDON BAUER (Counseling), Wanamingo, Minnesota
MARK D. BONNEMA (Marriage and Family Therapy), Sioux Falls, South Dakota
CHAN EARNG HAN (Counseling), Singapore
JERILYN JOY FISCHER (Marriage and Family Therapy), Wheaton, Minnesota
KELLY M. MITCHELL (Marriage and Family Therapy), Wayne, Nebraska
JANICE DAVIS SCHMIDT (Marriage and Family Therapy), Parker, South Dakota
MIRANDA KIM SCHUNK (Marriage and Family Therapy), Redwood Falls, Minnesota
CARLISHA M. STEFFES (Counseling), Sioux Falls, South Dakota
CHRISTA GRACE WEISSER (Bible and Theology), St. Clair Shores, Michigan

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN THEOLOGICAL STUDIES
KERMIT LEMOYNE STAGGERS II, Sioux Falls, South Dakota