Remembering Ernie Zimbelman, Professor Emeritus

Remembering Ernie Zimbelman, Professor Emeritus

January 28, 2018

Dr. Ernie Zimbelman, Distinguished Professor of Counseling Emeritus, passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2018, in Sioux Falls.  Viewing will be held on Friday night, February 2, from 5-7 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home in Sioux Falls.  The funeral service will take place at Trinity Baptist Church in Sioux Falls, at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 3.

For nearly 18 years, Zimbelman faithfully served students and clients.  During his time at Sioux Falls Seminary, he opened Sioux Falls Psychological Services and started the Master of Arts in Counseling program.  In his role as Professor of Counseling, he was committed to healing the hearts of others and inspiring countless students to do the same.  His knowledge of counseling, his close relationship to God and his family, his numerous hours of counseling students, and his gentle confrontations made him a beloved model for colleagues and graduates. 

Upon his retirement from teaching in 1992, he became an emeritus professor.  He later donated Sioux Falls Psychological Services to the seminary—which now serves individuals of all ages through outpatient therapy services and provides counseling students with an on-site clinic through which they do therapy under the supervision of approved clinical supervisors. 

Prior to his time in Sioux Falls, Zimbelman was a ministry educator in Cameroon, West Africa, and a public school teacher in the U.S.  He also operated Hacienda Psychological Services in California, worked with Rosemead Counseling Services, and spent time as a professor and clinical supervisor at Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology and Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, respectively.

We remember our friend, Dr. Ernie Zimbelman.  In his words, “People have a need to know and be known.  Fulfillment comes to those who know and are known through Jesus Christ.”  Thank you, Ernie, for listening and attending to the needs of many and for leading a generation of students in doing the same.  Well done good and faithful servant.