Professors Faszer, Donaldson to Retire

Professors Faszer, Donaldson to Retire

May 7, 2013

Combined, Dr. Ted Faszer and Dr. Del Donaldson have dedicated over 55 years to teaching and mentoring students at Sioux Falls Seminary.  Although they plan to retire at the end of June 2013 and their formal teaching careers will come to an end, Faszer and Donaldson have both left a lasting impression on the Sioux Falls Seminary community. 

A public reception for Faszer and Donalson will be held on Friday, May 17, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm., at Sioux Falls Seminary, 2100 S. Summit Avenue. Anyone interested is invited to join us in thank them for their service to the seminary and its students and to congratulate them on their accomplishments.

Paying Tribute

To pay tribute to both Dr. Ted Faszer and Dr. Del Donaldson for their years of service to Sioux Falls Seminary, its students, and the wider community, individuals are invited to:

  • Attend the public reception on Friday, May, 17.
  • Submit a letter of memory or thanks for Faszer and/or Donaldson that shares how their years of ministry service impacted you or someone you know.  Send to: Sioux Falls Seminary, Attn: Carol Woltjer, 2100 S. Summit Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57105, before May 17, 2013.
  • Partner with Faszer or Donaldson in accomplishing some special projects around the seminary.  For Faszer, that involves the installation of automatic ADA-approved door openers at four entrances on the SFS campus.  Donaldson’s project is for a number of technology upgrades that are needed to provide high quality therapy for those who come to the Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic for help and hope.  If you would like to contribute, please complete the online giving form.


Dr. Ted Faszer: 36 Years at Sioux Falls Seminary

Perhaps best known for creating an Advent tradition for many in Sioux Falls by leading the Sioux Falls Seminary Community Choir in an annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, Dr. Faszer has ministered to countless individuals through his gift of music.  In his thirty-six years as a faculty member, he also developed Christian disciples for the church and for the ministries of Christ.  Faszer has taught in the areas of Christian Education and Church Music and, for a time, served as Director of Master's Studies. 

For over three decades, he has been a tireless preacher and a consistent positive presence in the seminary’s corporate life.  He has practiced the Christian ministry of hospitality, both welcoming students and colleagues into his home and spending countless hours with students in fellowship and prayer. 

Beyond Sioux Falls Seminary, Faszer has served as Minister of Music at First Baptist Church of Sioux Falls.  He has been a member of the Sioux Falls Ministerial Association, the Siouxland Evangelical Ministerial Association, the Sioux Falls PTA, the North American Baptist Church Ministries Committee, and the board of Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas.

Dr. Del Donaldson: 20 Years at Sioux Falls Seminary

In his twenty years as a faculty member at Sioux Falls Seminary, Dr. Donaldson has inspired generations of students to help guide others through the ups and downs of life by teaching the discipline and practice of marriage and family therapy.  Both through his own counseling practice and, by extension, through the work of his many students now practicing counseling and therapy around the world, Donaldson has helped many individuals and families live happier, more fulfilled lives.

Outside the classroom, Donaldson has also served as Clinical Director of the seminary’s Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic and as Director of the seminary’s Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling programs.  He is a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, an Approved Supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and an ordained minister in the Christian Church – North American Christian Convention.