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On October 30, 2013, Sioux Falls Seminary received a generous surprise in the form of an estate gift from Lynda Pfitzer of Bowdle, South Dakota. It was one of the largest gifts the seminary has ever received.

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The exact reason why Lynda chose to leave a legacy at Sioux Falls Seminary is unknown. However, her gift has blessed the mission of the seminary and stewarded the resources with which God had blessed her. Lynda grew up in the Java, South Dakota, area. She and her parents attended First Baptist Church in Eureka, a member of the North American Baptist Conference. They rarely missed a Sunday service. As a nurse, first in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and then in St. Paul, Minnesota, Pfitzer touched the lives of many through her work. She invested wisely and traveled often. Switzerland was her favorite destination. In the prime of her life, Lynda was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and the central nervous system. While she was still able to travel, she took several big trips to Europe with friends. Later, her parents moved to St. Paul and lived with her for a couple of years. After the death of her mother, Lynda’s father stayed another year before Sioux Falls Seminary impact

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returning to South Dakota to live in a nursing home. Lynda sold everything and followed, relocating to the nursing home in Bowdle. Relationships with friends in the Twin Cities area faded, and life became a daily struggle. After the death of her father, Lynda’s aunt and uncle, Robert and Joyce Pfitzer of Aberdeen, were her only remaining family. They, and the nursing home staff who cared for Lynda, often reminded her of her earlier days and fond memories.

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Lynda’s surprise gift is one of the many ways God is meeting the financial needs of Sioux Falls Seminary. Because of her desire to invest and share the resources with which God blessed her, Lynda’s legacy lives on. Her generosity is enabling individuals to answer God’s call, serve his kingdom, and fulfill the Great Commission. This blessing is touching the lives of many who, in return, impact the lives of countless others as they serve. If you would like to learn more about leaving a legacy at Sioux Falls Seminary through estate planning, please call 1.800.440.6227 or e-mail info@sfseminary.edu. 2014 I Issue 1

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The church and world are changing at a fast pace. Are you interested in further engaging Christ’s mission? Enhance your expertise with SFS.

Through his words and the words of others, find out why our new president is passionate about the work of Christ’s church and the Great Commission.

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what’s new Find out what’s happening at Sioux Falls Seminary: excellence awards, Hiller Lectureship, grants, & more.

New president Greg Henson introduces himself and invites you to join Sioux Falls Seminary as we boldly follow God into mission.

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Traditionally, Sioux Falls Seminary equipped individuals called to serve God vocationally as pastors or workers in a local church, as denominational missionaries or church planters, or as counselors and therapists. But what about those individuals who are called to be nurses, receptionists, teachers, coaches, stay-at-home parents, pharmacists, farmers, accountants, and more? In addition to lifelong learning offerings for those who serve in ministry, the seminary has several options for those who desire to serve God without the traditional seminary degree. Options at the Non-Degree Level Non-degree certificate programs are a new offering at the seminary. They offer study in a specific area of ministry at the non-graduate level and are designed for individuals who are seeking personal or professional development opportunities. Non-degree programs are affordable and flexible, and requirements can be fulfilled on campus or online. The first non-degree program is the Certificate in Christian Ministry. It is suited for adults seeking to gain knowledge and skills that are applicable in life and ministry. With the help of an advisor, students can develop a 5 or 10-Course plan in which they follow a general course of study or concentrate in a specific area such as Bible, theology, pastoral care, youth and family ministry, intercultural studies, or leadership. The Training in Spiritual Direction Program is the second non-degree program offering. It provides specialized training to individuals who “listen people to life” on their spiritual journeys. An experienced resource team walks alongside lay ministers, mentors, chaplains, and other spiritual caregivers as they consider issues of spiritual formation like prayer, discernment, suffering, contemplative listening, and experiencing God. Classes meet on Monday evenings during the academic year over the course of 2 consecutive years.

Events That Enrich Sioux Falls Seminary hosts several events throughout the year aimed at enriching the life and ministry of individuals who desire to serve God. The Women in Community series addresses the needs and interests of women. Women have a rich perspective and wealth of experience to share with one another. Women in Community provides quality presentations on issues of call, mentoring, story, and leadership. The annual event creates time for women to interact with one another. This year’s event will be held on September 4 and 5 and will encourage women to use their resources and influence for God’s glory. Another annual event, the Hiller Lectureship brings renowned speakers to campus to focus on a variety of topics related to pastoral care. This year, the Rev. Dr. Reggie McNeal will explore a kingdom-centric narrative in the North American church. The event is Monday, April 7. Doctor of Ministry Grows Competence The seminary is committed to providing lifelong learning opportunities for alumni and others who are serving full time in Christian ministry. The Doctor of Ministry degree enables these individuals to reflect critically upon their vocations, engage in rigorous theological reflection and advanced learning, and grow in their ministry competence. Entrance into the program begins with the Foundations Seminar which meets each year in October. Regardless of how or where God has called you to serve, Sioux Falls Seminary desires to walk alongside you as, together, we engage the mission of Jesus Christ. If you have questions, please e-mail info@sfseminary.edu or call 800-440-6227.

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Robin Duncan has founded the R.D. Duncan Institute, LLC, which focuses on professional boundaries and interpersonal professional skills for clergy by providing ministry counseling, congregational assessments, human resource management for ministries, pastoral mentoring, and more. More information is available at www. rddinstitute.biz. Gavin Retzer and wife Jennisa have a new baby boy, Finn Owen, born November 12, 2013. He joined big sisters Avery and Olivia. Gavin has been pastor of First Baptist Church in Brookings, SD, since 2004.

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Nathan Hitchcock was recently recognized by theologydegrees online.com as one of the 100 remarkable professors that theology students should know. He is the Assistant Professor of Church History and Theology at Sioux Falls Seminary.

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Christa Weisser has published a novel, The Anointing, under the name C. G. Weisser. The book is available in paperback or e-book from Amazon.com. To learn more about the book, visit amazon. com/The-Anointing-C-G-Weisser/ dp/1626468605. Sioux Falls Seminary impact

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Nate Helling and wife Lisa are the parents of a baby boy, Caleb Joseph, born February 4, 2014. Nate is the Vice President for Enrollment and Development at Sioux Falls Seminary.

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Kay Breed died March 22, 2013, at her home in rural Inwood, IA. She was 69 years old. Breed is survived by her husband, Charles, five children, and four grandchildren.

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Jenna Hoff and husband Kyle became the parents of a baby girl, Brielle Love, on September 23, 2013. They live in Waco, TX, where Jenna is back at work full time as Managing Director of Mental Health Grace Alliance.

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Victor Ojo lives in New York, New York. He and wife Seyi welcomed a second daughter, Gabrielle Anjolaoluwa, on July 26, 2013.

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As I begin my service at Sioux Falls Seminary, I am reminded of Ephesians 3:20-21: “Now to him

who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.” It is a passage that God has laid on my heart and one that

has challenged me in great ways.

My wife and I love a movie with a good twist, the kind in which something completely unexpected happens. When we let God write our story, he fills it with twists, turns, and blessings that we could have never envisioned for ourselves. Becoming the twelfth president of Sioux Falls Seminary has been the most humbling, exciting, and unexpected journey in our family’s story. It’s a twist that has inspired our imaginations and resonates with Ephesians 3:20-21. To me, the work of a seminary is an integral part of the Church and God’s work in this world. I have a passion for the Church and an unquenchable desire to serve God in the name of Jesus Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit. My role at Sioux Falls Seminary is a calling, and I am excited to be here. Sioux Falls Seminary is in a unique position to serve and equip kingdom-minded leaders. We have gifted faculty and staff members who are passionate about the work of the Church, the need for spiritually-formed leaders, and the role of academic study. Our students have remarkable stories, a heart for God, and a passion to be Jesus’s hands and feet in the world. Through prayer and financial support, many people have generously supported the work God is doing through Sioux Falls Seminary, and I have been blessed by the stories of sacrifice and generosity I have already heard!

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Clint Berndt, a longtime South Dakota educator, passed away December 21, 2013. He was 83. He is survived by his wife, Verna, of Mesa, AZ, as well as a son, a daughter, and five grandsons.

God is writing an amazing story for Sioux Falls Seminary; one that we could never imagine or write for ourselves. I believe God has a great future in store for us as we join in the work he is doing in this world! We invite you to go online and send us a quick update. We’d love to hear from you and so would your fellow alumni! Visit the Alumni Registration section of our website at sfseminary.edu/alumni.

It is important to emphasize the word “us.” God is calling all of us to join him in this great story. I urge you to consider how you might participate in God’s work by praying for the seminary, providing financial support, attending courses, referring students, or any other way you feel God’s leading. The future is brighter than any of us can imagine. You are an integral part. Over the next few months, we will provide a number of specific ways for you to participate in the mission of this seminary. God is at work in amazing ways. It will be great to have you on the journey!

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alumni news and prayer requests In the 19th and 20th centuries, seminaries were formed as places for groups of churches to send their called individuals for training so they could return as great pastors. By working together in denominations, conferences, or fellowships, churches could follow Paul’s desire for them to support one another for the good of God’s kingdom. A number of new institutions were created, and most followed the same model of theological education: one which separated the various components of training.

Unfortunately, theological education became viewed as a support system for the institutional church, not as an integral part of fulfilling God’s mission. Since their inception, therefore, seminaries have slowly drifted into a place where they tend to function separately from the mission of God and the wider Church, existing as quasi-training academies for people who might want to be pastors.

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Today, culture has shifted dramatically. Studies show that the status of the Christian church has experienced a precipitous decline in North American contexts. 2

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Roger E. Olson was recognized by theologydegreesonline.com as one of the 100 remarkable professors that theology students should know. Olson is the Foy Valentine Chair of Ethics at Baylor University.

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Mark Robertson is semi-retired, continuing to work for Volunteers of America (VOA) of the Northern Rockies as a clinician. He was previously the clinical director of the VOA Life House (a men’s rehab program). He and wife Lisa live in Sheridan, WY.

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Keith Kinder retired on June 24, 2013. He walked his youngest daughter down the aisle less than a week later. He and wife Karen live in Brookings, SD. Dennis Webber is working at the Springfield, SD, prison with the Lutheran Social Services Fatherhood & Families Program.

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Shirley Halleen was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in September 2013. She was recognized for representing a culture of excellence in South Dakota in the area of education. Jim Szymanski and wife Karen are mourning the loss of their daughter. Bonnie passed away peacefully on March 2, 2014, after battling cancer that spread from

her brain stem to her spine. Jim and Karen live in Houghton, NY.

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Jackie Howden and her family moved to Salem, OR, in August 2013, after her husband Wayne began a new job in the area last year.

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Phil Meyer recently began serving a UCC church in West Virginia after a four-year hiatus from church ministry.

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Dan Leininger retired from his position as chaplain at the VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls in the fall 2013. Dixie (Potratz) Lehman ‘80 filled his position.

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Practice and Spirituality of Fundraising Join us for an intensive course that examines the ways in which pastors and ministry/church leaders can raise funds in an effective and God honoring way. The Practice and Spirituality of Fundraising can be taken for credit or audit. MTWR, 6-9:30 p.m., 2100 S. Summit Avenue

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During his time on Earth, Jesus gave the Church three guiding principles for its work. In no particular order, they are to: 1) love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength,

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Seminar on Diagnosis & Treatment of ADHD Explore Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and learn best practices in diagnosis and treatment for children and adolescents. Tools and techniques to build skills at home and school will also be addressed. Continuing education available. For cost and reservation information, e-mail sfps@sfseminary.edu. 1-5:30 p.m., SFS, 2100 S. Summit Avenue

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Commencement Banquet The class of 2014 will celebrate their accomplishments with family, friends, and the faculty of Sioux Falls Seminary. Advance tickets required. Call 605.336.3688 for info. 6:30 p.m., Ordal Dining Hall, Augustana College

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156th Commencement Service Degrees will be conferred to the 156th graduating class of Sioux Falls Seminary. President Greg Henson will speak. 2:00 p.m., First United Methodist, 401 S. Spring Avenue

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2014 Women in Community Event Save the date for the Women in Community workshop. Event attendees will engage in conversation about how they can utilize the purpose, passion, and plans that God has for each of their lives to influence the kingdom. Details forthcoming. September 4 in Omaha, Location to be Announced September 5 in Sioux Falls, SFS, 2100 S. Summit Avenue

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2014 Hiller Lectureship with Reggie McNeal How can the North American church regain a compelling narrative? Join Reggie McNeal, missional leadership specialist, and explore the many implications of living out a kingdomcentric narrative within the North American church. $30/person. Learn more at www.sfseminary.edu/news-and-information. 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., SFS, 2100 S. Summit Avenue

3) go and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey my commandments.

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Inauguration Event for Greg Henson Greg Henson will be inaugurated as Sioux Falls Seminary’s twelfth president. The inauguration service will be available for playback online at www.sfseminary.edu/inauguration. 5:00 p.m., SFS, 2100 S. Summit Avenue

2) love your neighbor as yourself, and

Lunch & Learn: Living Christ 24/7 in the Marketplace Women are invited to join us for lunch and reflect on Christ in the marketplace. One woman will share how she’s using her resources to impact others. Cost to attend is $10/person. 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., SFS, 2100 S. Summit Avenue

Another present reality is that pastoral leadership is only one of many different reasons students enroll in seminary. Current models of theological education are inaccessible to many who desire training, are prohibitively expensive, are often disconnected from incarnational ministry, and sometimes fail to fully integrate the mission of God and the study of scripture.

What if theological education was viewed as part of the wider Church and focused on God’s mission? Would it become accessible, affordable, and relevant? What if models of theological education were developed in partnership with churches, denominations, fellowships of churches, and para-church ministry organizations? What if we looked beyond the walls of the seminary and developed a system of theological education that was an enriching ministry experience that fit within the rhythm of one’s life and calling? In order to adequately address these questions, we must first ask a very important question: What is the mission of the Triune God and, therefore, the work of the Church?

The mission of God is quite simple. Love me, love your neighbor, and make disciples in my name. It is that mission to which we are all called, and the work of a seminary, therefore, must first and foremost focus on these guiding principles. It is from that foundation that ministers of the gospel are able to serve, multiply, and follow Jesus into mission. When we separate the act of doing ministry from the act of training for ministry, we miss a critical opportunity for transformation. Integration allows for the full implementation of an action-reflection process that we see modeled throughout Jesus’s ministry. He would act and then reflect on that action with the crowds or disciples. After the 12 and then 72 are sent to do ministry, they come back and Jesus walks them through a reflection process. Throughout Paul’s letters to the early church, we see him provide guidance on specific aspects of ministry and then supply theological reasoning for the guidance that is based on an understanding of the recipients’ unique contexts.

Theological education should not be a separate entity that pulls people out of a ministry context, provides multiple years of content, and then sends people back to ministry with the responsibility of integrating what they have learned into a local context. That model of education does not serve the Church or the mission well. Instead, the experience of seminary should be one that fits into the rhythm of one’s ministry life while building his or her capacity to follow the three guidelines above. 3

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greg henson “I am passionate about the work of christ’s church, and i hunger for a vibrant church that is chasing after god and boldly pursuing the great commission. theological education plays an integral role in that vision. i believe god has called me to serve the church by helping to re-imagine systems of theological education. it is for this reason that I am humbled by the opportunity to serve as the twelfth president of sioux falls seminary.” As the son of a Baptist pastor, Greg Henson always knew that God loved him and sent his only son to die for his sins. However, he didn’t develop a true faith in God until nearly losing his life in a car accident. Months of recovery left him in awe of God’s power and mercy—drawing him closer to God.

Years later, Greg was called to serve on a church camp staff. It was there that he met the love of his life, Heather. During that summer, God challenged him to consider what it meant to be a disciple of Christ and not simply a believer. “The journey is a transformational experience,” said Henson. “It teaches the value of discernment, the importance of spiritual disciplines, and the love of God.” Greg’s experiences at church camp as a student and director, as well as serving the church as a worship leader, youth pastor, and senior pastor, led him to place a very high value on discipleship. Later, through consulting work with the Association of Theological Schools and through his work at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL, Greg developed a passion for the role theological education plays in the Church. With the birth of Greg and Heather’s first child, Greg saw the depth of God’s love and mercy. Since then, God has used parenting as a way to teach him the importance of selflessness and humility in all aspects of life. “Parenting is about serving others and submitting to God’s plan for our lives,” Henson added. “As a seminary administrator, the submission component of being a disciple demands the best of us.” His passion for the Church, coupled with a desire to see theological education reconnect with its roots in local ministry contexts, has compelled Greg to deeply explore the many facets of theological education— giving him a depth of knowledge and breadth of experience beyond his years. Today, he is a man of strong personal faith and is committed to equipping kingdom-minded individuals for service to the Church, both locally and worldwide.

left to right: Lydia, Heather, Isaac, and Greg

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Learn more about Henson: sfseminary.edu/president.

Pictured (left to right): Dee Wacker, Sheryl Sletten, Susan Reese, Brian Russell.

excellence awards created The seminary’s trustees, faculty, and staff help create a culture of excellence in Christian service through their work. In thankfulness for this service, SFS created Excellence Awards to be conferred annually. The first recipients were honored on October 25, 2013. Dr. Susan Reese received the Powell Award for Excel-

lence in Service by Faculty by setting the tone for the future of ministry training through innovation and creativity.

Sheryl Sletten, Rauschenbusch Award for Excellence in Service by Staff and Administration recipient, was chosen for taking on whatever task is needed to help the team and for going above and beyond to help those around her. Dee Wacker received the Zimbelman Award for Excellence in Service through Sioux Falls Psychological Services because of her wonderful ability to connect with and serve clients and for her drive to evolve as a professional. Rev. Brian Russell, Board Chair; Senior Pastor of

McDermot Avenue Baptist Church in Winnipeg, MB, was awarded the Schmeltekopf Award for Excellence in Volunteer Service for setting high standards of board service and engagement.

grants enhancing seminary experience, courses, more In the last six months, Sioux Falls Seminary has received two grants that are enhancing the seminary experience and creating new opportunities. A grant from the Kern Family Foundation, just renewed for its second year, has helped ignite a passion in the seminary community to explore the crossroads of Christian ministry and economic issues. A challenge to think about the interrelatedness of faith, work, economics, Christian ministry, and Christian business has led to integration in the seminary’s curriculum. The hope is to help students become more aware of economic intersections in their future ministry service. In addition, Sioux Falls Seminary received a three-year grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to intentionally seek out ways to help current and future students restrain their borrowing—thereby lessening the burden of student debt as they go on to serve as kingdom-minded leaders in various ministry contexts. 9

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SFPS launches new Child & Adolescent therapy Clinic Sioux Falls Psychological Services, the seminary’s counseling ministry, recently launched the Child & Adolescent Therapy Clinic to fill an emerging need in Sioux Falls for child and adolescent therapy services. “We are excited to provide excellent assessment and treatment services for children, adolescents, and the people who care for them,” said Dr. Douglas Anderson, Director of Clinical Services for Sioux Falls Psychological Services. “We have assembled a team of five professional therapists with diverse skills and expertise to meet children and adolescent clients where they are with the desire of offering them meaningful hope.” The Child & Adolescent Therapy Clinic welcomes clients ages 1-18 and offers treatment and assessment in many areas, including play therapy, challenging behavior, attention deficit, autism, parental conflict, family transitions, parenting strategies, attachment disorders, and more. To learn more about the Child & Adolescent Therapy Clinic, visit offerkidshope.com.

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Gerald Borchert

Senior Professor, Carson-Newman University, Jefferson City, TN

“As a former dean at SFS, I want to commend you on your new president. Greg is an articulate spokesperson for casting new visions of what theological education should become in the future. It cannot be merely an academic experience but must be firmly rooted in building the Christian community for the twenty-first century. Greg desires purposeful change that will honor Jesus Christ and lead to authentic Christian living.”

Ruth Haley Barton

Founder, The Transforming Center, Wheaton, IL

lectureship to explore the kingdom-centric church, honor 2014 hiller fellows Explore the many implications of living out a kingdomcentric narrative within the North American church at Sioux Falls Seminary’s Hiller Lectureship on Monday, April 7. Join the Rev. Dr. Reggie McNeal and discover how to understand God’s work in the world, how to begin shifting church culture, and how to address the challenges of leading such a movement. Special recognition will be given to the 2014 Hiller Fellows. Selected for demonstrating leadership, thoughtful preaching, and pastoral care are: Lance Rundus (M.Div. ‘02), North American Baptist Missionary to Cameroon, Africa; Rebecca Hjelle (M.Div. ‘08), pastor, First United Methodist Church in Blair, NE; Tim Elmore, pastor, Humbervale Park Baptist Church, Etobicoke, ON; and Joseph Thomas, pastor, Neshaminy Valley Baptist Church, Bensalem, PA.

“What I loved most about working with Greg in developing an academic partnership with our ministry organization was his can-do attitude. His entrepreneurial spirit was a perfect fit, allowing us to work creatively and synergistically to build the kingdom. This was pure joy! If there was any way to get something done, Greg would find it.”

Adron Robinson

Senior Pastor, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Country Club Hills, IL

“Greg is a great communicator who can reach across social and cultural barriers to bring people together to do God’s will. I have seen Greg’s passionate dedication to the Kingdom of God, and I believe he will lead Sioux Falls Seminary to impact the world for Christ.”

Jim Liske

President, Prison Fellowship Ministries M.Div., Sioux Falls Seminary, 1986

“Greg has served in the church and the para-church. He has consulted with the church and para-church while sitting in the

pew and being under the teaching of a pastor. He has been on both sides of the pulpit and has sat on all three sides (leader, follower, consultant) of the board table. This experience gives him the perspective of all the roles around him and the role of those the seminary will be training.”

Michael Singh

Chief Operating Officer, Alpha USA, Bannockburn, IL

“What has impressed me most about Greg, even above and beyond his genius, is his passion to serve the Lord in kingdom building. I have no doubt in my mind that Greg will not only be a superb leader for Sioux Falls Seminary, but that he will also be a growing and influential force for the kingdom in the United States.”

Wayne “Coach” Gordon Founding Pastor, Lawndale Community Church, Chicago, IL

“Greg is a creative visionary leader. He has a wonderful gift of being able to draw ideas from people and then creatively move them forward in ways that empower people along the way. Greg also has the ability to think outside the box: instead of saying something cannot be done, he says, ‘How can we make this happen?’”

Muriel L. Johnson

Regional Associate Minister of the American Baptist Churches of the Great Rivers Region

“I watched Greg provide loving pastoral care to a struggling and wounded congregation while he was a young pastor. At the time, I could not help but wonder where the obvious call on his life would take him. This Christian man is now a loving, faithful husband and father who still follows the call of God wherever that call leads him. He continues to provide faithful, energetic leadership, with an overflowing heart of love for Jesus Christ while continuing to follow God’s leading in his life!”

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alumni in action Engaging the Mission of Jesus Christ While in Seminary Generally, Alumni in Action focuses on the lives and ministries of Sioux Falls Seminary graduates who are doing significant work in their chosen areas of ministry. Often overlooked, however, are current students who are making a powerful kingdom impact before they even graduate. In this issue, we are sharing the experiences of some students who are already actively engaging the mission of Jesus Christ as they earn their degrees. Previously, we told you the story of Mark and Joy Tracy, married students who left lucrative careers to follow God’s call to seminary and ministry. Through Summit House at Sioux Falls Seminary, Mark and Joy now serve in Pettigrew Heights, an area in central Sioux Falls targeted for revitalization. The Tracys and other students have the opportunity to bring classroom learning to life by listening to the fears, hopes, struggles, desires, and needs of people in the community. They are doing so successfully and are making a difference in the lives of others. Several months ago, the Tracys began praying that God would send them someone with whom they could “go deep” in friendship and spiritual formation. When a neighborhood woman, to be identified as “Sally,” knocked on the door, the Tracys knew that this woman was the answer to their prayers. Shared meals, Bible studies, intense conversations, and times of prayer have enabled Sally to deal with her alcoholism and maintain sobriety as she grows in her faith and understanding of God. She is beginning to attend church services and even volunteered as a greeter at a recent

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church event. Mark feels that Sally is starting to see herself not only as a “recipient of grace” but also as a “participant in grace.” Friends and family are also noticing big changes in Sally’s life and are grateful for the transforming love and support of the Summit House community. Summit House is also home to JesPictured (left to right): Jesse Walhof, Jo Flesner, Joy & Mark Tracy, and Dianne Beard se Walhof, who is currently serving as its resident director. Not your typical looking minister, Walhof is at home in cut-off blue jeans, a black t-shirt, and unlaced combat boots. Far more important He feels blessed to live within the community he than his style, however, is his passion for community serves while being uplifted and covered by the prayers outreach and service to at-risk individuals. of fellow Christians. For him, seminary is not just “sitting in class and learning to do ministry,” because he’s As the Director of Street Outreach with Volunteers of already doing it. Underlining all that he does is his America, Walhof spends 8-10 hours each week at a desire to share Christ—“organically and not just as a local walk-in youth center where he builds relationpart of a program.” ships and teaches life skills. “The other half of my job,” he said, “is literally going into homeless areas, finding Jo Flesner seeks to find balance in the chaos of homeless people, and trying to build relationships with her ministry life, family life, and school life by staythem.” ing grounded in the spiritual disciplines of scripture, prayer, and meditation. She believes all people are As one who has experienced homelessness himself, created in the image of God, deserve to be treated Walhof feels “comfortable” on the streets. It is where with “basic human dignity,” and are “worthy of our time he finds it “easy to relate to people.” From time to time, and attention.” he and other Summit House residents go on prayer walks in and around the neighborhood to pray for Flesner’s belief in the “goodness” of all creation has “anything and everything” within the community. led her to teach at the Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls and volunteer with the South Dakota Canoe and

by: Rev. Randy Tschetter, D.Min.

Director of Church and Alumni Relations

Kayak Association. She views teaching others about the goodness of God’s creation and creation care as a significant part of her ministry. She also feels called to work with children and with families who live in poverty. Following graduation, Flesner plans to serve God in both local church and community contexts by leading spiritual retreats for women, organizing mission trips for her local church, leading camps, and doing pulpit supply in support of local clergy. Counseling student Dianne Beard sensed God’s call to serve the kingdom through pastoral care and counseling while working at a local church in the area of worship and creative arts. That call led her to the counseling program at Sioux Falls Seminary. “In the classroom, students are challenged to integrate Sunday morning values into the Monday through Friday work week,” Beard stated. Like Flesner, Beard believes that students at SFS are mentored to view humanity as “bearers of the image of God” and individuals with immense value “who are worthy of being treated with dignity, honor, and respect.” She understands that counseling is an awesome responsibility and is grateful to the seminary for mentoring and equipping her with the professional skills for “speaking personally into someone’s life.” God works differently in the calls and lives of our students. For every story we have shared, there are dozens more. How is God moving in your life? Do you sense the winds of God’s spirit leading you to a new place of ministry or ministry preparation?

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alumni in action Engaging the Mission of Jesus Christ While in Seminary Generally, Alumni in Action focuses on the lives and ministries of Sioux Falls Seminary graduates who are doing significant work in their chosen areas of ministry. Often overlooked, however, are current students who are making a powerful kingdom impact before they even graduate. In this issue, we are sharing the experiences of some students who are already actively engaging the mission of Jesus Christ as they earn their degrees. Previously, we told you the story of Mark and Joy Tracy, married students who left lucrative careers to follow God’s call to seminary and ministry. Through Summit House at Sioux Falls Seminary, Mark and Joy now serve in Pettigrew Heights, an area in central Sioux Falls targeted for revitalization. The Tracys and other students have the opportunity to bring classroom learning to life by listening to the fears, hopes, struggles, desires, and needs of people in the community. They are doing so successfully and are making a difference in the lives of others. Several months ago, the Tracys began praying that God would send them someone with whom they could “go deep” in friendship and spiritual formation. When a neighborhood woman, to be identified as “Sally,” knocked on the door, the Tracys knew that this woman was the answer to their prayers. Shared meals, Bible studies, intense conversations, and times of prayer have enabled Sally to deal with her alcoholism and maintain sobriety as she grows in her faith and understanding of God. She is beginning to attend church services and even volunteered as a greeter at a recent

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church event. Mark feels that Sally is starting to see herself not only as a “recipient of grace” but also as a “participant in grace.” Friends and family are also noticing big changes in Sally’s life and are grateful for the transforming love and support of the Summit House community. Summit House is also home to JesPictured (left to right): Jesse Walhof, Jo Flesner, Joy & Mark Tracy, and Dianne Beard se Walhof, who is currently serving as its resident director. Not your typical looking minister, Walhof is at home in cut-off blue jeans, a black t-shirt, and unlaced combat boots. Far more important He feels blessed to live within the community he than his style, however, is his passion for community serves while being uplifted and covered by the prayers outreach and service to at-risk individuals. of fellow Christians. For him, seminary is not just “sitting in class and learning to do ministry,” because he’s As the Director of Street Outreach with Volunteers of already doing it. Underlining all that he does is his America, Walhof spends 8-10 hours each week at a desire to share Christ—“organically and not just as a local walk-in youth center where he builds relationpart of a program.” ships and teaches life skills. “The other half of my job,” he said, “is literally going into homeless areas, finding Jo Flesner seeks to find balance in the chaos of homeless people, and trying to build relationships with her ministry life, family life, and school life by staythem.” ing grounded in the spiritual disciplines of scripture, prayer, and meditation. She believes all people are As one who has experienced homelessness himself, created in the image of God, deserve to be treated Walhof feels “comfortable” on the streets. It is where with “basic human dignity,” and are “worthy of our time he finds it “easy to relate to people.” From time to time, and attention.” he and other Summit House residents go on prayer walks in and around the neighborhood to pray for Flesner’s belief in the “goodness” of all creation has “anything and everything” within the community. led her to teach at the Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls and volunteer with the South Dakota Canoe and

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Director of Church and Alumni Relations

Kayak Association. She views teaching others about the goodness of God’s creation and creation care as a significant part of her ministry. She also feels called to work with children and with families who live in poverty. Following graduation, Flesner plans to serve God in both local church and community contexts by leading spiritual retreats for women, organizing mission trips for her local church, leading camps, and doing pulpit supply in support of local clergy. Counseling student Dianne Beard sensed God’s call to serve the kingdom through pastoral care and counseling while working at a local church in the area of worship and creative arts. That call led her to the counseling program at Sioux Falls Seminary. “In the classroom, students are challenged to integrate Sunday morning values into the Monday through Friday work week,” Beard stated. Like Flesner, Beard believes that students at SFS are mentored to view humanity as “bearers of the image of God” and individuals with immense value “who are worthy of being treated with dignity, honor, and respect.” She understands that counseling is an awesome responsibility and is grateful to the seminary for mentoring and equipping her with the professional skills for “speaking personally into someone’s life.” God works differently in the calls and lives of our students. For every story we have shared, there are dozens more. How is God moving in your life? Do you sense the winds of God’s spirit leading you to a new place of ministry or ministry preparation?

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SFPS launches new Child & Adolescent therapy Clinic Sioux Falls Psychological Services, the seminary’s counseling ministry, recently launched the Child & Adolescent Therapy Clinic to fill an emerging need in Sioux Falls for child and adolescent therapy services. “We are excited to provide excellent assessment and treatment services for children, adolescents, and the people who care for them,” said Dr. Douglas Anderson, Director of Clinical Services for Sioux Falls Psychological Services. “We have assembled a team of five professional therapists with diverse skills and expertise to meet children and adolescent clients where they are with the desire of offering them meaningful hope.” The Child & Adolescent Therapy Clinic welcomes clients ages 1-18 and offers treatment and assessment in many areas, including play therapy, challenging behavior, attention deficit, autism, parental conflict, family transitions, parenting strategies, attachment disorders, and more. To learn more about the Child & Adolescent Therapy Clinic, visit offerkidshope.com.

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Gerald Borchert

Senior Professor, Carson-Newman University, Jefferson City, TN

“As a former dean at SFS, I want to commend you on your new president. Greg is an articulate spokesperson for casting new visions of what theological education should become in the future. It cannot be merely an academic experience but must be firmly rooted in building the Christian community for the twenty-first century. Greg desires purposeful change that will honor Jesus Christ and lead to authentic Christian living.”

Ruth Haley Barton

Founder, The Transforming Center, Wheaton, IL

lectureship to explore the kingdom-centric church, honor 2014 hiller fellows Explore the many implications of living out a kingdomcentric narrative within the North American church at Sioux Falls Seminary’s Hiller Lectureship on Monday, April 7. Join the Rev. Dr. Reggie McNeal and discover how to understand God’s work in the world, how to begin shifting church culture, and how to address the challenges of leading such a movement. Special recognition will be given to the 2014 Hiller Fellows. Selected for demonstrating leadership, thoughtful preaching, and pastoral care are: Lance Rundus (M.Div. ‘02), North American Baptist Missionary to Cameroon, Africa; Rebecca Hjelle (M.Div. ‘08), pastor, First United Methodist Church in Blair, NE; Tim Elmore, pastor, Humbervale Park Baptist Church, Etobicoke, ON; and Joseph Thomas, pastor, Neshaminy Valley Baptist Church, Bensalem, PA.

“What I loved most about working with Greg in developing an academic partnership with our ministry organization was his can-do attitude. His entrepreneurial spirit was a perfect fit, allowing us to work creatively and synergistically to build the kingdom. This was pure joy! If there was any way to get something done, Greg would find it.”

Adron Robinson

Senior Pastor, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Country Club Hills, IL

“Greg is a great communicator who can reach across social and cultural barriers to bring people together to do God’s will. I have seen Greg’s passionate dedication to the Kingdom of God, and I believe he will lead Sioux Falls Seminary to impact the world for Christ.”

Jim Liske

President, Prison Fellowship Ministries M.Div., Sioux Falls Seminary, 1986

“Greg has served in the church and the para-church. He has consulted with the church and para-church while sitting in the

pew and being under the teaching of a pastor. He has been on both sides of the pulpit and has sat on all three sides (leader, follower, consultant) of the board table. This experience gives him the perspective of all the roles around him and the role of those the seminary will be training.”

Michael Singh

Chief Operating Officer, Alpha USA, Bannockburn, IL

“What has impressed me most about Greg, even above and beyond his genius, is his passion to serve the Lord in kingdom building. I have no doubt in my mind that Greg will not only be a superb leader for Sioux Falls Seminary, but that he will also be a growing and influential force for the kingdom in the United States.”

Wayne “Coach” Gordon Founding Pastor, Lawndale Community Church, Chicago, IL

“Greg is a creative visionary leader. He has a wonderful gift of being able to draw ideas from people and then creatively move them forward in ways that empower people along the way. Greg also has the ability to think outside the box: instead of saying something cannot be done, he says, ‘How can we make this happen?’”

Muriel L. Johnson

Regional Associate Minister of the American Baptist Churches of the Great Rivers Region

“I watched Greg provide loving pastoral care to a struggling and wounded congregation while he was a young pastor. At the time, I could not help but wonder where the obvious call on his life would take him. This Christian man is now a loving, faithful husband and father who still follows the call of God wherever that call leads him. He continues to provide faithful, energetic leadership, with an overflowing heart of love for Jesus Christ while continuing to follow God’s leading in his life!”

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greg henson “I am passionate about the work of christ’s church, and i hunger for a vibrant church that is chasing after god and boldly pursuing the great commission. theological education plays an integral role in that vision. i believe god has called me to serve the church by helping to re-imagine systems of theological education. it is for this reason that I am humbled by the opportunity to serve as the twelfth president of sioux falls seminary.” As the son of a Baptist pastor, Greg Henson always knew that God loved him and sent his only son to die for his sins. However, he didn’t develop a true faith in God until nearly losing his life in a car accident. Months of recovery left him in awe of God’s power and mercy—drawing him closer to God.

Years later, Greg was called to serve on a church camp staff. It was there that he met the love of his life, Heather. During that summer, God challenged him to consider what it meant to be a disciple of Christ and not simply a believer. “The journey is a transformational experience,” said Henson. “It teaches the value of discernment, the importance of spiritual disciplines, and the love of God.” Greg’s experiences at church camp as a student and director, as well as serving the church as a worship leader, youth pastor, and senior pastor, led him to place a very high value on discipleship. Later, through consulting work with the Association of Theological Schools and through his work at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL, Greg developed a passion for the role theological education plays in the Church. With the birth of Greg and Heather’s first child, Greg saw the depth of God’s love and mercy. Since then, God has used parenting as a way to teach him the importance of selflessness and humility in all aspects of life. “Parenting is about serving others and submitting to God’s plan for our lives,” Henson added. “As a seminary administrator, the submission component of being a disciple demands the best of us.” His passion for the Church, coupled with a desire to see theological education reconnect with its roots in local ministry contexts, has compelled Greg to deeply explore the many facets of theological education— giving him a depth of knowledge and breadth of experience beyond his years. Today, he is a man of strong personal faith and is committed to equipping kingdom-minded individuals for service to the Church, both locally and worldwide.

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Pictured (left to right): Dee Wacker, Sheryl Sletten, Susan Reese, Brian Russell.

excellence awards created The seminary’s trustees, faculty, and staff help create a culture of excellence in Christian service through their work. In thankfulness for this service, SFS created Excellence Awards to be conferred annually. The first recipients were honored on October 25, 2013. Dr. Susan Reese received the Powell Award for Excel-

lence in Service by Faculty by setting the tone for the future of ministry training through innovation and creativity.

Sheryl Sletten, Rauschenbusch Award for Excellence in Service by Staff and Administration recipient, was chosen for taking on whatever task is needed to help the team and for going above and beyond to help those around her. Dee Wacker received the Zimbelman Award for Excellence in Service through Sioux Falls Psychological Services because of her wonderful ability to connect with and serve clients and for her drive to evolve as a professional. Rev. Brian Russell, Board Chair; Senior Pastor of

McDermot Avenue Baptist Church in Winnipeg, MB, was awarded the Schmeltekopf Award for Excellence in Volunteer Service for setting high standards of board service and engagement.

grants enhancing seminary experience, courses, more In the last six months, Sioux Falls Seminary has received two grants that are enhancing the seminary experience and creating new opportunities. A grant from the Kern Family Foundation, just renewed for its second year, has helped ignite a passion in the seminary community to explore the crossroads of Christian ministry and economic issues. A challenge to think about the interrelatedness of faith, work, economics, Christian ministry, and Christian business has led to integration in the seminary’s curriculum. The hope is to help students become more aware of economic intersections in their future ministry service. In addition, Sioux Falls Seminary received a three-year grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to intentionally seek out ways to help current and future students restrain their borrowing—thereby lessening the burden of student debt as they go on to serve as kingdom-minded leaders in various ministry contexts. 9

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Practice and Spirituality of Fundraising Join us for an intensive course that examines the ways in which pastors and ministry/church leaders can raise funds in an effective and God honoring way. The Practice and Spirituality of Fundraising can be taken for credit or audit. MTWR, 6-9:30 p.m., 2100 S. Summit Avenue

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During his time on Earth, Jesus gave the Church three guiding principles for its work. In no particular order, they are to: 1) love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength,

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Seminar on Diagnosis & Treatment of ADHD Explore Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and learn best practices in diagnosis and treatment for children and adolescents. Tools and techniques to build skills at home and school will also be addressed. Continuing education available. For cost and reservation information, e-mail sfps@sfseminary.edu. 1-5:30 p.m., SFS, 2100 S. Summit Avenue

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Commencement Banquet The class of 2014 will celebrate their accomplishments with family, friends, and the faculty of Sioux Falls Seminary. Advance tickets required. Call 605.336.3688 for info. 6:30 p.m., Ordal Dining Hall, Augustana College

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156th Commencement Service Degrees will be conferred to the 156th graduating class of Sioux Falls Seminary. President Greg Henson will speak. 2:00 p.m., First United Methodist, 401 S. Spring Avenue

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2014 Women in Community Event Save the date for the Women in Community workshop. Event attendees will engage in conversation about how they can utilize the purpose, passion, and plans that God has for each of their lives to influence the kingdom. Details forthcoming. September 4 in Omaha, Location to be Announced September 5 in Sioux Falls, SFS, 2100 S. Summit Avenue

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2014 Hiller Lectureship with Reggie McNeal How can the North American church regain a compelling narrative? Join Reggie McNeal, missional leadership specialist, and explore the many implications of living out a kingdomcentric narrative within the North American church. $30/person. Learn more at www.sfseminary.edu/news-and-information. 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., SFS, 2100 S. Summit Avenue

3) go and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey my commandments.

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Inauguration Event for Greg Henson Greg Henson will be inaugurated as Sioux Falls Seminary’s twelfth president. The inauguration service will be available for playback online at www.sfseminary.edu/inauguration. 5:00 p.m., SFS, 2100 S. Summit Avenue

2) love your neighbor as yourself, and

Lunch & Learn: Living Christ 24/7 in the Marketplace Women are invited to join us for lunch and reflect on Christ in the marketplace. One woman will share how she’s using her resources to impact others. Cost to attend is $10/person. 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., SFS, 2100 S. Summit Avenue

Another present reality is that pastoral leadership is only one of many different reasons students enroll in seminary. Current models of theological education are inaccessible to many who desire training, are prohibitively expensive, are often disconnected from incarnational ministry, and sometimes fail to fully integrate the mission of God and the study of scripture.

What if theological education was viewed as part of the wider Church and focused on God’s mission? Would it become accessible, affordable, and relevant? What if models of theological education were developed in partnership with churches, denominations, fellowships of churches, and para-church ministry organizations? What if we looked beyond the walls of the seminary and developed a system of theological education that was an enriching ministry experience that fit within the rhythm of one’s life and calling? In order to adequately address these questions, we must first ask a very important question: What is the mission of the Triune God and, therefore, the work of the Church?

The mission of God is quite simple. Love me, love your neighbor, and make disciples in my name. It is that mission to which we are all called, and the work of a seminary, therefore, must first and foremost focus on these guiding principles. It is from that foundation that ministers of the gospel are able to serve, multiply, and follow Jesus into mission. When we separate the act of doing ministry from the act of training for ministry, we miss a critical opportunity for transformation. Integration allows for the full implementation of an action-reflection process that we see modeled throughout Jesus’s ministry. He would act and then reflect on that action with the crowds or disciples. After the 12 and then 72 are sent to do ministry, they come back and Jesus walks them through a reflection process. Throughout Paul’s letters to the early church, we see him provide guidance on specific aspects of ministry and then supply theological reasoning for the guidance that is based on an understanding of the recipients’ unique contexts.

Theological education should not be a separate entity that pulls people out of a ministry context, provides multiple years of content, and then sends people back to ministry with the responsibility of integrating what they have learned into a local context. That model of education does not serve the Church or the mission well. Instead, the experience of seminary should be one that fits into the rhythm of one’s ministry life while building his or her capacity to follow the three guidelines above. 3

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alumni news and prayer requests In the 19th and 20th centuries, seminaries were formed as places for groups of churches to send their called individuals for training so they could return as great pastors. By working together in denominations, conferences, or fellowships, churches could follow Paul’s desire for them to support one another for the good of God’s kingdom. A number of new institutions were created, and most followed the same model of theological education: one which separated the various components of training.

Unfortunately, theological education became viewed as a support system for the institutional church, not as an integral part of fulfilling God’s mission. Since their inception, therefore, seminaries have slowly drifted into a place where they tend to function separately from the mission of God and the wider Church, existing as quasi-training academies for people who might want to be pastors.

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Today, culture has shifted dramatically. Studies show that the status of the Christian church has experienced a precipitous decline in North American contexts. 2

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Roger E. Olson was recognized by theologydegreesonline.com as one of the 100 remarkable professors that theology students should know. Olson is the Foy Valentine Chair of Ethics at Baylor University.

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Mark Robertson is semi-retired, continuing to work for Volunteers of America (VOA) of the Northern Rockies as a clinician. He was previously the clinical director of the VOA Life House (a men’s rehab program). He and wife Lisa live in Sheridan, WY.

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Keith Kinder retired on June 24, 2013. He walked his youngest daughter down the aisle less than a week later. He and wife Karen live in Brookings, SD. Dennis Webber is working at the Springfield, SD, prison with the Lutheran Social Services Fatherhood & Families Program.

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Shirley Halleen was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in September 2013. She was recognized for representing a culture of excellence in South Dakota in the area of education. Jim Szymanski and wife Karen are mourning the loss of their daughter. Bonnie passed away peacefully on March 2, 2014, after battling cancer that spread from

her brain stem to her spine. Jim and Karen live in Houghton, NY.

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Jackie Howden and her family moved to Salem, OR, in August 2013, after her husband Wayne began a new job in the area last year.

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Phil Meyer recently began serving a UCC church in West Virginia after a four-year hiatus from church ministry.

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Dan Leininger retired from his position as chaplain at the VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls in the fall 2013. Dixie (Potratz) Lehman ‘80 filled his position.

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Robin Duncan has founded the R.D. Duncan Institute, LLC, which focuses on professional boundaries and interpersonal professional skills for clergy by providing ministry counseling, congregational assessments, human resource management for ministries, pastoral mentoring, and more. More information is available at www. rddinstitute.biz. Gavin Retzer and wife Jennisa have a new baby boy, Finn Owen, born November 12, 2013. He joined big sisters Avery and Olivia. Gavin has been pastor of First Baptist Church in Brookings, SD, since 2004.

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Nathan Hitchcock was recently recognized by theologydegrees online.com as one of the 100 remarkable professors that theology students should know. He is the Assistant Professor of Church History and Theology at Sioux Falls Seminary.

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Christa Weisser has published a novel, The Anointing, under the name C. G. Weisser. The book is available in paperback or e-book from Amazon.com. To learn more about the book, visit amazon. com/The-Anointing-C-G-Weisser/ dp/1626468605. Sioux Falls Seminary impact

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Nate Helling and wife Lisa are the parents of a baby boy, Caleb Joseph, born February 4, 2014. Nate is the Vice President for Enrollment and Development at Sioux Falls Seminary.

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Kay Breed died March 22, 2013, at her home in rural Inwood, IA. She was 69 years old. Breed is survived by her husband, Charles, five children, and four grandchildren.

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Jenna Hoff and husband Kyle became the parents of a baby girl, Brielle Love, on September 23, 2013. They live in Waco, TX, where Jenna is back at work full time as Managing Director of Mental Health Grace Alliance.

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As I begin my service at Sioux Falls Seminary, I am reminded of Ephesians 3:20-21: “Now to him

who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.” It is a passage that God has laid on my heart and one that

has challenged me in great ways.

My wife and I love a movie with a good twist, the kind in which something completely unexpected happens. When we let God write our story, he fills it with twists, turns, and blessings that we could have never envisioned for ourselves. Becoming the twelfth president of Sioux Falls Seminary has been the most humbling, exciting, and unexpected journey in our family’s story. It’s a twist that has inspired our imaginations and resonates with Ephesians 3:20-21. To me, the work of a seminary is an integral part of the Church and God’s work in this world. I have a passion for the Church and an unquenchable desire to serve God in the name of Jesus Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit. My role at Sioux Falls Seminary is a calling, and I am excited to be here. Sioux Falls Seminary is in a unique position to serve and equip kingdom-minded leaders. We have gifted faculty and staff members who are passionate about the work of the Church, the need for spiritually-formed leaders, and the role of academic study. Our students have remarkable stories, a heart for God, and a passion to be Jesus’s hands and feet in the world. Through prayer and financial support, many people have generously supported the work God is doing through Sioux Falls Seminary, and I have been blessed by the stories of sacrifice and generosity I have already heard!

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Clint Berndt, a longtime South Dakota educator, passed away December 21, 2013. He was 83. He is survived by his wife, Verna, of Mesa, AZ, as well as a son, a daughter, and five grandsons.

God is writing an amazing story for Sioux Falls Seminary; one that we could never imagine or write for ourselves. I believe God has a great future in store for us as we join in the work he is doing in this world! We invite you to go online and send us a quick update. We’d love to hear from you and so would your fellow alumni! Visit the Alumni Registration section of our website at sfseminary.edu/alumni.

It is important to emphasize the word “us.” God is calling all of us to join him in this great story. I urge you to consider how you might participate in God’s work by praying for the seminary, providing financial support, attending courses, referring students, or any other way you feel God’s leading. The future is brighter than any of us can imagine. You are an integral part. Over the next few months, we will provide a number of specific ways for you to participate in the mission of this seminary. God is at work in amazing ways. It will be great to have you on the journey!

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Through his words and the words of others, find out why our new president is passionate about the work of Christ’s church and the Great Commission.

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what’s new Find out what’s happening at Sioux Falls Seminary: excellence awards, Hiller Lectureship, grants, & more.

New president Greg Henson introduces himself and invites you to join Sioux Falls Seminary as we boldly follow God into mission.

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Traditionally, Sioux Falls Seminary equipped individuals called to serve God vocationally as pastors or workers in a local church, as denominational missionaries or church planters, or as counselors and therapists. But what about those individuals who are called to be nurses, receptionists, teachers, coaches, stay-at-home parents, pharmacists, farmers, accountants, and more? In addition to lifelong learning offerings for those who serve in ministry, the seminary has several options for those who desire to serve God without the traditional seminary degree. Options at the Non-Degree Level Non-degree certificate programs are a new offering at the seminary. They offer study in a specific area of ministry at the non-graduate level and are designed for individuals who are seeking personal or professional development opportunities. Non-degree programs are affordable and flexible, and requirements can be fulfilled on campus or online. The first non-degree program is the Certificate in Christian Ministry. It is suited for adults seeking to gain knowledge and skills that are applicable in life and ministry. With the help of an advisor, students can develop a 5 or 10-Course plan in which they follow a general course of study or concentrate in a specific area such as Bible, theology, pastoral care, youth and family ministry, intercultural studies, or leadership. The Training in Spiritual Direction Program is the second non-degree program offering. It provides specialized training to individuals who “listen people to life” on their spiritual journeys. An experienced resource team walks alongside lay ministers, mentors, chaplains, and other spiritual caregivers as they consider issues of spiritual formation like prayer, discernment, suffering, contemplative listening, and experiencing God. Classes meet on Monday evenings during the academic year over the course of 2 consecutive years.

Events That Enrich Sioux Falls Seminary hosts several events throughout the year aimed at enriching the life and ministry of individuals who desire to serve God. The Women in Community series addresses the needs and interests of women. Women have a rich perspective and wealth of experience to share with one another. Women in Community provides quality presentations on issues of call, mentoring, story, and leadership. The annual event creates time for women to interact with one another. This year’s event will be held on September 4 and 5 and will encourage women to use their resources and influence for God’s glory. Another annual event, the Hiller Lectureship brings renowned speakers to campus to focus on a variety of topics related to pastoral care. This year, the Rev. Dr. Reggie McNeal will explore a kingdom-centric narrative in the North American church. The event is Monday, April 7. Doctor of Ministry Grows Competence The seminary is committed to providing lifelong learning opportunities for alumni and others who are serving full time in Christian ministry. The Doctor of Ministry degree enables these individuals to reflect critically upon their vocations, engage in rigorous theological reflection and advanced learning, and grow in their ministry competence. Entrance into the program begins with the Foundations Seminar which meets each year in October. Regardless of how or where God has called you to serve, Sioux Falls Seminary desires to walk alongside you as, together, we engage the mission of Jesus Christ. If you have questions, please e-mail info@sfseminary.edu or call 800-440-6227.

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Life & Legacy: gift blesses seminary’s mission and honors the life that gave it

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the blessing

On October 30, 2013, Sioux Falls Seminary received a generous surprise in the form of an estate gift from Lynda Pfitzer of Bowdle, South Dakota. It was one of the largest gifts the seminary has ever received.

The life

The exact reason why Lynda chose to leave a legacy at Sioux Falls Seminary is unknown. However, her gift has blessed the mission of the seminary and stewarded the resources with which God had blessed her. Lynda grew up in the Java, South Dakota, area. She and her parents attended First Baptist Church in Eureka, a member of the North American Baptist Conference. They rarely missed a Sunday service. As a nurse, first in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and then in St. Paul, Minnesota, Pfitzer touched the lives of many through her work. She invested wisely and traveled often. Switzerland was her favorite destination. In the prime of her life, Lynda was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and the central nervous system. While she was still able to travel, she took several big trips to Europe with friends. Later, her parents moved to St. Paul and lived with her for a couple of years. After the death of her mother, Lynda’s father stayed another year before Sioux Falls Seminary impact

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returning to South Dakota to live in a nursing home. Lynda sold everything and followed, relocating to the nursing home in Bowdle. Relationships with friends in the Twin Cities area faded, and life became a daily struggle. After the death of her father, Lynda’s aunt and uncle, Robert and Joyce Pfitzer of Aberdeen, were her only remaining family. They, and the nursing home staff who cared for Lynda, often reminded her of her earlier days and fond memories.

the legacy

Lynda’s surprise gift is one of the many ways God is meeting the financial needs of Sioux Falls Seminary. Because of her desire to invest and share the resources with which God blessed her, Lynda’s legacy lives on. Her generosity is enabling individuals to answer God’s call, serve his kingdom, and fulfill the Great Commission. This blessing is touching the lives of many who, in return, impact the lives of countless others as they serve. If you would like to learn more about leaving a legacy at Sioux Falls Seminary through estate planning, please call 1.800.440.6227 or e-mail info@sfseminary.edu. 2014 I Issue 1


Impact Magazine: 2014, Issue 1