160th Graduating Class to Be Honored

160th Graduating Class to Be Honored

May 14, 2018

At Sioux Falls Seminary, we have the privilege of walking alongside the individuals God calls to participate in his kingdom mission. 

With the end of yet another wonderful academic year, we will celebrate our 160th graduating class this Saturday, May 19, 2018, at First Baptist Church in Sioux Falls at 2:30 p.m. (1401 S. Covell Avenue). 

The thirty-eight members of the graduating class of 2018 serve in a variety of contexts and minister in many different ways.  Each has been uniquely equipped to participate in God’s ongoing work.  Whether pastors, counselors, spiritual directors, business and community leaders, or something else, our 2018 graduates are using their gifts to serve others.    

This year’s service will include a full academic procession by the seminary’s faculty and an address from Dr. Vic Gordon, who is the founder, president, and lead theologian of Gospel Depth in Wichita, KS, and a Kairos Affiliate Professor at the seminary.  Degrees to be conferred include the Doctor of Ministry, Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Christian Leadership, Master of Arts in Counseling, and Master of Arts (Bible and Theology).

We look forward to celebrating what God has done through the class of 2018 and commissioning them for work yet to come!


Sioux Falls Seminary Class of 2018:

Doctor of Ministry
CHERYL W. SCHMELING, Hampton, Virginia
HERBERT FRANK BECKER, Iron Mountain, Michigan
RICHARD E. THEILEN, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Master of Divinity
DOUGLAS BERNARD ARMBRUSTER, Raymore, Saskatchewan
JEFF D. BACKER, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
AARON THOMAS BOWMAN, Rapid City, South Dakota
SARAH DAWN DEUTSCH, Faribault, Minnesota
DAVE DEVRIES, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
JORDAN CODY HELMING, Sioux Center, Iowa
TIMOTHY D. HOINS, Bennington, Nebraska
SHELLEY ANNE HOOGERS, Sheldon, Iowa
MATTHEW DALE HOWLETT, Mitchell, South Dakota
DOUGLAS G. KEMPTON, Detroit, Michigan
BENJAMIN LANDEGENT, Salem, Oregon
DIANA MACIAS, Lakewood, California
SHARI LYNN MUNYON, Avoca, Iowa
LAURA J. PHILLIPS, Farmington, Minnesota
JOLEEN LOUISE PIETRZAK, Yankton, South Dakota
JENNIFER LYNN SWANSON, Carver, Minnesota
GALE TIEN, Orange City, Iowa
WILLIAM VAMBRAM, Monrovia, Liberia
MARK EVAN VAN DER BRINK, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
DYLAN VANMEVEREN, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
TRAVIS GENE WALTNER, Tea, South Dakota

Master of Arts
FAITH CHARIS CARLSON (Counseling), Sioux Falls, South Dakota
LAUREN ROSE DAVIS (Christian Leadership), Hanford, California
JAMES LYLE DEPRIEST (Christian Leadership), Memphis, Tennessee
BROOKE HENDRICKSON (Christian Leadership), Sioux Falls, South Dakota
VANESSA HOOGENDOORN (Counseling), Rock Rapids, Iowa
JILL JONNES-KUCA (Counseling), Brandon, South Dakota
EMMANUEL JOHN KATTINAPUDI (Christian Leadership), Secunderabad, Telangana, India
JESSICA JEAN KOCH (Counseling), Sherman, South Dakota
STEVEN THOMAS MCCREADY (Christian Leadership), St. Thomas, Ontario
JASON MORK (Counseling), Sioux Falls, South Dakota
KATIE N. ODLAND (Counseling), Lennox, South Dakota
JANET RIECKHOFF-FARIS (Counseling), Moville, Iowa
NICOLE A. STAHL (Bible & Theology), Sioux Falls, South Dakota
LIN VAN HOFWEGEN (Christian Leadership), Sioux Falls, South Dakota