Seminary to Graduate 155th Class

Seminary to Graduate 155th Class

May 23, 2013

Sioux Falls Seminary will graduate its 155th class at 2:00 p.m. this Saturday, May 25, at First United Methodist Church in Sioux Falls. The twenty-nine graduates in the Class of 2013 have earned degrees in the areas of Doctor of Ministry, Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Christian Leadership, Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, Master of Arts in Counseling, Master of Arts (Bible and Theology), and the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies.

Saturday’s service will also include a full academic procession by the seminary’s faculty and administration an an address from David Zellmer, Elected Bishop of the ELCA South Dakota Synod.

Dr. Ron Sisk, Academic Vice President and Dean at Sioux Falls Seminary, said of the 2013 graduating class, “American life is changing fast. Our churches and communities need leaders who understand the challenges individuals and families face, and who can interpret God’s truth in practical terms.  We need men and women of character and compassion. The women and men of the Class of 2013 are ready to be servant leaders.”

Members of the Sioux Falls Seminary Class of 2013 include:

Doctor of Ministry

  • Dianne S. Heynen, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Nseimboh Johnson Nylangoh, Ndu, NW Region, Republic of Cameroon

Master of Divinity

  • Allen A. Beeck, Akron, Iowa                                                                                                                               
  • Laurel F. Buwalda, Harrisburg, South Dakota 
  • Kathleen Gail Chesney, Port Huron, Michigan 
  • Nancy Lee Ainsworth Flynn, Brookings, South Dakota 
  • Shayla René Graham, Moorcroft, Wyoming
  • Mark J. Gronseth, Britton, South Dakota
  • Michael C. Hedges, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Jessica Rae Kaiser, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Clay Michael Lundberg, Gregory, South Dakota                                                                                                                                  
  • Andrew S. Mahoney, Sioux Falls, South Dakota                                                                                                              
  • Alison Rae McCormick, Mitchell, South Dakota                                                                                                                                                 
  • Terry J. Preheim, Sioux Falls, South Dakota                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • Robert Lee Salmonson, Plankinton, South Dakota
  • Hilary Robin Satrang, Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Darren D. Theesen, Kearney, Nebraska                                                                                                                         
  • Mark S. Turner, Burke, South Dakota                                                                                                                                           
  • Chad Edward Zachrison, Jud, North Dakota

Master of Arts

  • Christina M. Bensen (Marriage and Family Therapy), Marshall, Minnesota 
  • Paul Olufemi Eri (Christian Leadership), Conroe, Texas
  • Joshua Michael Goemaat (Counseling), Sioux Falls, South Dakota                                                                                                          
  • Kyle Eneboe Helder (Christian Leadership), Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Jessica Leigh Mcknight (Bible and Theology), Sioux Falls, South Dakota                                                                                                               
  • Matthew D. Paulson (Christian Leadership), Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Rita Ann Persons (Marriage and Family Therapy), St. Charles, Minnesota
  • Jason S. Vanruler (Marriage and Family Therapy), Sioux Falls, South Dakota                                                                                                                                       
  • Michelle M. Van’t Hul (Christian Leadership), Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies
Robert O. Lanning, Cibolo, Texas