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Generous Gift from the North American Baptists, Inc. to Bring Big Ideas to Life

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The ministry of Sioux Falls Seminary was born out of a big idea: an idea generated by a group of fourteen small churches made up of German immigrants in the 1850’s. Their idea was to create a seminary that would prepare people “to become pastors and missionaries who should labor among the immigrant Germans to help win them for a personal faith in Jesus Christ and a fruitful Christian life” (Albert John Ramaker, The Story of the German Department, 1927). This big idea that the North American Baptists generated more than 150 years ago to serve their own people is now impacting churches on a much broader scale. Christians from many denominations come to Sioux Falls Seminary for solid biblical preparation for ministry. Today, as Sioux Falls Seminary and the North American Baptists aspire to equip the next generation of Christian leaders, plans to encourage them to dream big ideas for the Kingdom of God are underway. Thanks to a generous gift from the North American Baptist Conference, classroom 207 will be converted into the Idea Center—a place that nurtures the same creative and entrepreneurial thinking that brought the seminary into existence. “A great history and partnership between the North American

of Witnesses Baptist Conference and the seminary stands recognized in this gift,” said President Mike Hagan. “Our hope is that the fruits of past ideas may multiply into bolder ministry initiatives germinated inside the Idea Center—all for the glory of God.” The Idea Center will be the home to courses in the new social entrepreneurship program which is now under development. Equipped with the latest tools and technology to foster bold thinking, the Idea Center will allow students to dream up big ideas to impact the next generation of Christians.

debt retirement update:

When SFS requested contributions to help lower its mortgage, nearly 100 gifts were received. In the past six months, $440,000 was given toward debt relief. What a blessing and answer to prayer! Much thanks to all who gave. If you would still like to participate, please call Benjamin Lee at 605.336.6588.

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Rev. Jackie Moon M.Div., ‘03 1947-2011

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a bit of what’s new

Catch up on the latest from SFS—upcoming Hiller Lectureship, a call for Hiller Fellows, Kern Grant news, and more.

from the president

President Hagan talks about the power of letting the “great cloud of witnesses” speak into one’s journey and ministry.

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remembering ralph

The Rev. Dr. Ralph Powell’s home-going was greeted with sadness but also expressions of admiration and gratitude. We are proud to have called him professor emeritus and friend.

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in memoriam Also online at www.sfseminary.edu/events.

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News, updates, and prayer requests from Sioux Falls Seminary alumni.

a great cloud of witnesses

We pay tribute to a few of the many Sioux Falls Seminary alumni whose ministry service has left a lasting impact on others.

Find out where God has called students Mark and Joy Tracy to serve. Their story was featured in the Fall/Winter 2011-12 Impact. If you missed their story last year, a QR code is enclosed to access it online.

2011-2012 annual report Electronic copy available upon request.

summit house update

The impact is published by Sioux Falls Seminary two times per year for the benefit of the seminary community, friends, alumni, and supporters. Additional news and event information is distributed by e-mail throughout the year. To join our online news list, please visit www.sfseminary.edu/signup or call 800.440.6227 ext. 2703.

Take an at-a-glance look at Summit House at Sioux Falls Seminary.

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Jackie’s spiritual gift as a counselor allowed her to journey with many through issues of self-doubt, trauma, and addiction to an understanding of who they were in God’s eyes. As a pastor in White River and Mission, SD, she brought life to both communities and touched many, many people.

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Rev. Orville Meth of Minot, ND, died Dec. 4, 2012. He was 88. His wife, Irma, had passed away Oct. 11, 2012. Orville was called into ministry in 1947 and began his seminary education at North American Baptist Seminary in Rochester, NY. When the seminary relocated to Sioux Falls, SD, Orville and Irma (married in 1949) followed it. Orville served as pastor of five churches in Odessa, WA, (1952-1956); Stockton, CA, (1956-1957); Venturia, ND, (1957-1962);

Turtle Lake, ND, (1962-1966); and Elgin, IA, (1966-1972). While in Iowa, he was instrumental in founding Village Creek Bible Camp in Lansing. From 1972-1986, he served as Chaplain of the Baptist Home in Bismarck. In 1982, Orville helped establish the Heritage Commission, the archival library of the North American Baptist Conference. The Meths are survived by their daughters, Deborah (Jerry) Weimer of Modesto, CA, and Esther (Dean) Redington of Minot, ND; son, Daniel (Rebecca) Meth, of Norfolk, VA; six grandchildren; and four greatgrandchildren.

Staying in Touch

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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 new website at sfseminary.edu/alumni.

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Art Boymook of Lynden, WA, passed away suddenly of a massive heart attack on Oct. 15, 2012, at the age of 81. He was a former pastor of Evergreen Baptist Church in Renton, WA. A memorial service was held on October 20, 2012, at Sunrise Baptist Church in Custer, WA. He is survived by wife, Mary, and daughters Nola and Nicole ‘97 and their families.

Rev. Elton Kirstein B.Th. ‘54 1921-2011 Elton was an effective pastor and interim pastor. He saw God constantly change lives through his work serving churches in a six-state region. In 2002, he received a Signature Award from the seminary, celebrating his ability to effectively, lovingly, and positively minister to God’s kingdom.

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alumni updates Dr. G. Michael Hagan, President of Sioux Falls Seminary

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Clint Hogrefe and wife, Greta, welcomed son Luther Robert in Meriden, IA, on Aug. 27, 2012. Luther joins sister, Esther (5), and brother, Packer (2).

Rev. Manuel Wolff B.D., ‘53

transmuted to M.Div. in ‘79

1924-2011 In over 40 years serving as a North American Baptist pastor, “Manny” was known for challenging his congregants to say “yes” to God’s call to ministry. He also touched the lives of others through work as a scout leader, police and cancer center chaplain, and Bible camp leader.

played in his spiritual and professional development. Jorge Luna was appointed Senior Pastor of Oak Avenue Free Methodist Church in Orangevale, CA, in July 2012. Jorge and wife, Alicia ‘97, would love to hear from seminary friends.

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Becky Teel, wife of Clyde Teel and mother of Liz Teel ‘02, is battling cancer. Clyde serves as Pastor of Community Reformed Church in Sioux Falls, SD.

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Richard Kauenhofen is now the Senior Pastor at Springside Baptist Church in Springside, SK, Canada.

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Clint Richardson has been at Calvary Reformed Church in Monroe, SD, for two years. As Associate Pastor, he works mainly with youth and young adults. Clint and his wife, Emily, adopted son, Asher, when he was born in March 2012. They live in Marion, SD.

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Stephen Tressa resigned from his position as pastor of Midlands Evangelical Free Church in Council Bluffs, IA, and moved with his family (wife, Erin, and son, Noah) to Carrollton, TX, to pursue a Ph.D. program at Dallas Theological Seminary.

coffee shop, and outdoor store in Waco, TX, where they live.

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Denise Broveak was ordained on Sept. 29, 2012, at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD. Philip Long was ordained on Aug. 5, 2012, at River of Life Community Church in Canton, SD. He is serving with Heartland Converge, planting Reverb, a new church in Rapid City, SD. Megan (Stahl) Miller and Bryson Miller were married on July 21, 2012, in Chamberlain, SD. Megan is working as an MFT Intern for River Counseling Services, the Platte, SD, office of Sioux Falls Psychological Services.

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Jenna Hoff recently became the Associate Director of Mental Health Grace Alliance, a non-profit organization that provides assistance and support to those living with mental illness, helps equip the church, and advocates for overall mental health care. She also helps husband, Kyle, who manages a bike shop,

Justin Bousema

Honorary M.Div., ‘08

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Although only in the beginning of his ministry service, Justin’s impact in the lives of those he met was significant. During an eleven month fight with Aplastic Anemia, Justin continued to serve and inspire. He was granted his degree posthumously in 2008. His wife, Bethany, is now an M.Div. student.

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Remembering Ralph professor, mentor, in great company When the scripture writer declared that Christians are surrounded by

“. . . a great cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1), he was not specifically referring to Dr. Ralph Powell. However, as Ralph (this is how he preferred to be addressed in his post-teaching years) was ushered into the presence of God on August 7, 2012, he joined a host of saints who lived by faith, and in the words of a current student,

in memorium: rev. dr. ralph powell Born: Died:

April 30, 1916, in New Britain, CT August 7, 2012, in Sioux Falls, SD

Survived by: Wife: Ardice; daughters: Ruth Dahmen and Beth (Toby) Fladmark; grandchildren: Sarah (Jeremy) Mark, Rebecca Dahmen, Lars (Liz) Fladmark, and Anna Fladmark; and great grandchildren: Gabriel and Lydia Fladmark and Ava Anderson. Sioux Falls Seminary impact

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“Walked with Jesus.”

The news of Ralph’s home-going was greeted with sadness but also with many expressions of admiration and gratitude. “One of the great privileges of my life is to have been a student of Ralph Powell” is a common sentiment of former students. One recalls his advice to aspiring pastors and church leaders to be “wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matt 10:16). When dealing with a challenging biblical text or theological concept, Dr. Powell would remind us of Jesus’ words of instruction to his disciples as he sent them out to “try their wings” in the ministry of teaching and healing (something like student pastors). The

Staying in Touch alumni updates, news, and prayer requests

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Paul Reeder, who attended Sioux Falls Seminary in 1952-53, has pastored in Valier, Havre, and Great Falls, Montana, since he was ordained in 1955. In 1975, he moved to Billings, MT, where he served as the Director of Friendship House of Christian Service, a Christian neighborhood center related to American Baptist Home Mission Societies. He retired in 1992 and is currently serving as a police chaplain for the Billings Police Department. Reeder was recently awarded the Special Recognition Award from the International Conference of Police Chaplains in recognition of over 34 years of service.

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Rev. Fred Penner and his wife, Edy (secretary to former NABS President Dr. Frank Veninga), of South Sioux City, NE, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 1, 2012. They

were married at Windom Baptist Church in Windom, MN, by Dr. Veninga. They had an early celebration in August with family and close friends. The Penners served churches in OH, MN, CA, ID, SD, MI, NE, and IA, before retiring. They are blessed with three children and seven grandchildren. Their son Philip, his wife, Kathy, and their family live in Arlington Heights, IL; son Steven, his wife, Jamie, and their family live in Broomfield, CO; and daughter, Joy, lives near Erie, CO, with her husband, Steve, and their family.

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Larry Froese retired as Senior Pastor of River of Hope in Devon, AB, on Dec. 31, 2012.

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Alicia Luna is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California. She is married to Jorge Luna ‘98. They have two

Dr. Gideon Zimmerman B.D., ‘61 D.D., ‘71 1920-2011 As a pastor, denominational leader, and former Executive Secretary of the North American Baptist Conference (1968–79), Gideon’s godly wisdom and influence ministered to the lives of individuals both in local churches and around the world.

daughters, Hope and Julia. See ‘98 for an update on Jorge.

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Frank Guinta Jr. serves at First Baptist Church in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is constantly grateful for the contribution his seminary education has made to his ministry and for the part it has 11

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President’s Chapel and Community Meal Sioux Falls Seminary President, Dr. Mike Hagan, will welcome new students at the first chapel of the spring semester. Community meal to follow, $4/person. 11:30 a.m., SFS, Room 102/Lobby, 2100 S. Summit Avenue

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Dean’s Chapel and Community Meal Seminary Academic Vice President and Dean, Dr. Ron Sisk, will preach. Community meal to follow, $4/person. 11:30 a.m., SFS, Room 102/Lobby, 2100 S. Summit Avenue

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2013 Hiller Lectureship The Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon, one of America’s best known preachers, will speak at the 2013 Hiller Lectureship on April 9, 2013. Proclaiming the Risen Christ in our Culture, will provide a day of reflection at the beginning of the Christian season of Eastertide. Cost to attend will be $30 per person. To learn more, e-mail info@sfseminary.edu or visit sfseminary.edu. 8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., SFS, 2100 S. Summit Avenue

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Spring 2013 Semester Concludes 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., SFS, 2100 S. Summit Avenue 2013 Commencement Banquet Graduates of the Sioux Falls Seminary class of 2013 will celebrate their accomplishments with faculty, family, and friends. Advance reservations and tickets are required. 6:30 p.m., Ordal Dining Hall, Augustana College, 2001 S. Summit Avenue Commencement Ceremony and Reception Degrees will be conferred to the 155th graduating class of Sioux Falls Seminary. A reception will follow the ceremony. 2:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 401 S. Spring Avenue

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Women in Community: Leading from Where You Are Women of all ages and professions are invited to come together, hear from dynamic female speakers, and gain a renewed sense of confidence to positively use their influence in the home, church, community, and workplace. Cost to attend is $25 per person and includes lunch from Chef Dominique. To join the event mailing list, please e-mail info@sfseminary.edu. 8:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., SFS, 2100 S. Summit Avenue

same words also serve as a transition to Jesus’ warning that he was sending out his disciples as “sheep among wolves.” Ralph understood that the ministry preparation he was providing for students was absolutely essential for those who were being called and sent to a difficult task. The “serpent” as a symbol of wisdom and the “dove” as a symbol of purity and innocence stand as reminders of Jesus’ instructions to “the twelve” and to all who are called to serve. Dr. Roger Olson seems to speak for many of Ralph’s students: “When I look back over my life and career, I can confidently say there was no more important influence on my theological development. He was not a theological genius (in the usual sense of the term–a great innovator) or productive writer (I think he had one or two scholarly articles published). But he was one of the best teachers of balanced, sane, spiritually profound, insightful, wise evangelical theology I have ever known or heard of.” “When I think of Dr. Powell, I remember his amazing prayers on so many occasions,” said former Sioux Falls Seminary president and alumnus Dr. Chuck Hiatt. “His walk with Christ was clearly demonstrated in his ability to pray so powerfully. I was always comforted when he reminded me that he and Ardice prayed for me and for the seminary every day.” Retired SFS professor Dr. Richard Houts said, “A memory of Ralph I shall always treasure is hearing him pray publicly.”

When Ralph prayed it was as if he and those around him were literally in the presence of God.

Stories abound about Ralph’s creativity in the classroom as he “made theology come alive” for many of his students—climbing on top of a table to illustrate God’s transcendence; speaking within an inch of a student’s face to illustrate God’s immanence; holding his rather thick glasses in both hands while challenging students to view matters of life and theology “through the lenses of faith;” hiding and peeking out from behind the window curtains to illustrate God’s providential watch-care for his people. As a former student said, “We learned to be winsome in our defense of the faith, rigorous in our pursuit of theological understanding, and wise in our dialogues with those of other world views, but above all,

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Pictured with Ardice at the 150th Convocation Service at Sioux Falls Seminary in 2007.

life: Ralph grew up in New York City and left for Chicago in 1936 to study at Moody Bible Institute, Loyola University, and Northern Baptist Seminary. In 1944, Ralph married Dorothy Johnson. They were blessed with two daughters, Ruth and Elizabeth. Dorothy passed away in 1977 from cancer. Ralph later met and married Ardice Ziolkowski, a North American Baptist missionary to Cameroon, Africa, and she remained by his side until the day he died. Ralph pastored several churches, taught theology, and directed the doctoral program at Sioux Falls Seminary (then North American Baptist Seminary). In retirement, he enjoyed volunteer work and playing the trumpet for various occasions, especially for the worship services at Trinity Baptist Church in Sioux Falls.

Education/Ministry: Ph.B., Loyola University, 1944 B.D., Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1946 Th.D., Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1950 M.A., University of South Dakota, 1958 Continuing Education: Northwestern University Visiting Fellow: Princeton Theological Seminary Ordination: 1945

teaching (1950-1981): Professor of Theology and Philosophy of Religion Acting Dean (second semester 1973-74) Director of Field Education (1974-1976) Director of Doctoral Studies (1976-1981)

Those who knew Ralph understand that he was not just an “ivory tower” theologian. He often used phrases like “it warms the cockles of my heart” and “this is good stuff,” which reminded students that

his theology was very much a matter of the heart—something to be learned and also lived. Several interim pastorates kept him in touch with the realities of life and ministry that his students would face upon seminary graduation. The loss of his wife, Dorothy, and his second blessing romance and marriage to Ardice gave credence to his faith and theology. Together, he and Ardice cared for each other and for their Trail Ridge neighbors and friends. Only a few weeks before his death, he provided trumpet accompaniment at Trinity Baptist in Sioux Falls. In remembering Dr. Ralph Powell, Sioux Falls Seminary Academic Vice President and Dean, Dr. Ron Sisk, wrote: “Some men and women continue to have an impact for good in the world far beyond their ‘active’ employment years. Ralph Powell was one of those people. His students, his colleagues, the seminary he served so long and so well, and his faith community found in Ralph steadiness, strength, wisdom, and faith that have been an inspiration to three generations.” Ralph continues to be an inspiration to others even in his death as his words of wisdom and influence of faith live on in the hearts of those who knew him and in the lives of those his students serve and touch.

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at the seminary pastors & vets gathered to discuss coping with ptsd SFS, along with the VA Medical Health System in Sioux Falls, was honored to host the Caring for Returning Warriors Workshop. The event brought together area clergy and combat veterans to talk openly about Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and the role churches can play in helping veterans in their congregations who may be suffering from the disorder. Two recent combat veterans shared their struggles of coming home after active duty—allowing clergy to hear first-hand what it is like to suffer from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder on a daily basis. Both veterans said that the immediate, shared bond between all combat vets, even those who have just met, can play a very important role in the process of identifying and coping with PTSD. They both also suggested that creating a support network comprised of combat veterans within a church community would be a valuable opportunity to bring veterans together for fellowship and for addressing the challenges of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

Call for Hiller Fellows: Get your expenses covered to see dr. william willimon If you are interested in hearing the Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon speak at the 2013 Hiller Lectureship on Tuesday, April 9, at Sioux Falls Seminary—we have a great opportunity for you! An anonymous donation has been given to cover the transportation, housing, registration fees, and meal expenses for a few 2013 Hiller Lectureship attendees. Recipients of the award will be recognized as Hiller Fellows. Refer yourself or someone you know to become a 2013 Hiller Fellow. To be considered for one of the Hiller Fellowships, you or the person you recommend must be a pastor who is actively serving in ministry. Send referrals by March 5, 2013, to: Dr. Mike Hagan at mhagan@sfseminary.edu or Dr. Ron Sisk at rsisk@sfseminary.edu. 9

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Sioux Falls Seminary has received a grant from the Kern Family Foundation to integrate economic principles throughout the pastoral preparation process. Over the next three years, curriculum enhancements will lead to the development of a social entrepreneurship program that brings together faith perspective and business entrepreneurship to create social change.

Sioux Falls Seminary invites you to join Dr. William H. Willimon, one of America’s best known preachers, on Tuesday, April 9. The event, titled Proclaiming the Risen Christ in Our Culture, will be a day of reflection at the beginning of the Christian season of Eastertide.

Jessica Berg (MACL, 2012) has been hired to spearhead social entrepreneurship curriculum development and outcomes in conjunction with seminary faculty and administration. One recent curriculum enhancement is the addition of Faith, Business, and Money: a course to help individuals gain a wellrounded theological approach to business and money that’s relevant to their career or ministry. It’s being offered spring ‘13 in Sioux Falls and summer ‘13 in Omaha. Church and business leaders are encouraged to take the course for credit or audit. To learn more, e-mail info@sfseminary.edu. Sioux Falls Seminary impact 8

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As the featured speaker of the 2013 Hiller Lectureship, Willimon will discuss the challenges of Christian proclamation in light of Jesus’ resurrection and reflect on the peculiar opportunities that Christian preachers have for proclaiming the reality and promise of the risen Christ in our culture. Sessions include: The Resurrection as the Birth of Christian Proclamation; The Challenges of Preaching After Easter in a Culture of Death; Looking at the Eastertide Lessons—Preparing to Preach Easter 2013; and a time for questions and answers.

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Alumnus’ Legacy Continues to Inspire

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Father, friend, activist, hero, builder, defender, and encourager are all words used to describe Sioux Falls Seminary alumnus Harry Lehotsky (M.Div., ‘82). For more than 20 years, Lehotsky served as the pastor of New Life Ministries—creating change as an inner-city activist in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, where he touched the lives of thousands.

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Story Update on Students Mark and Joy Tracy

In our Fall 2011 issue of the Impact magazine, we shared the story of Master of Divinity students Mark and Joy Tracy from Webster, South Dakota. Both had achieved success in their careers and were living the American dream. However, God got ahold of their hearts, and their lives were forever changed. With a renewed commitment to their faith, the Tracys began living debt free and enrolled as distance students at Sioux Falls Seminary. When we spoke with Mark and Joy last year, they were awaiting direction from God on where and how to best serve the kingdom. Shortly after publication, the Tracys were pleasantly surprised to find some clarity and direction on where God was leading them. It all happened on a trip to Sioux Falls for class, when an event in town made hotel rooms expensive and sparse. After learning of Mark and Joy’s struggle to find lodging, the seminary offered them an affordable stay at Summit House. Although they had been forewarned that Summit House wasn’t quite like the Hilton, Mark and Joy got the overwhelming sense that they were at home during their one-week stay there.

Mark assists with Restored 2 Life Church, an outreach of the center, which operates on a “come as you are” philosophy and is open to all people no matter their denomination or affiliation. One of the things Mark and Joy like the most about living at Summit House is the opportunity to connect with the residents of Pettigrew Heights on a personal level. According to the Tracys, they are making sure people know they are not invisible. “Our neighbors have names. For me to pray for ‘Freddy’ is much more specific than to just pray for Pettigrew Heights,” said Mark. “Our experiences at Summit House will impact how we do ministry no matter where we go.”

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Student residents at Summit House keep busy as they balance seminary studies and outreach to residents in Pettigrew Heights. Below are some statistics on Summit House.

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On April 1, 2012, Mark and Joy made the move to Sioux Falls and became residents of Summit House. Since then, they have felt nothing but blessed. “Summit House is a beautiful blend of personality, ministry, sharing, and caring,” said Joy. Since relocating, Mark and Joy have been volunteering at the Center of Hope and getting to know their neighbors one-by-one. Joy serves at the center and helps assist individuals in need by providing warm winter clothing, bikes, use of computers, and more.

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The son of immigrant parents, Lehotsky grew up in New York City and attended a church started by Walter Rauschenbusch. He was inspired by the stories about this German pastor who had moved into New York’s Hell’s Kitchen to help transform it. After a near death experience precipitated by a bad reaction to PCP-laced marijuana, Lehotsky promised that if the Lord carried him through he would do whatever God wanted. In 1983, Harry and his wife, Virginia, moved from New York City to begin laying a foundation for community ministry through the Manitoba Association of the North American Baptist Conference. Their efforts led to the creation of a church and ministry focused on bringing new life to people on the old West End—many of who struggled with poverty, addiction, and abuse. Prayer walks, worship, and Bible studies grew into renovation and transitional housing projects, spiritual outreach, and more. Lehotsky passed away from cancer before completing all he’d set out to do. Although changes are taking place within New Life Ministries, the work he began continues. A huge mural on Maryland Street memorializes the life of Harry Lehotsky, an exceptional man of God. Biographer Paul Boge’s The Urban Saint: The Harry Lehotsky Story recounts Harry’s life and ministry. As theurbansaint.com notes, he “earned the title of a saint among those who have lived, breathed, and were encouraged by his tireless battles and purpose-driven compassion for neighborhood restoration. Though he never saw all the fruit of his labor completed, the ‘work of the saint’ will live on through others, who catch and continue his vision. His untimely death on November 11, 2006, left behind a challenge, a torch, and a story of an urban revolution.” In the words of Hebrews 12:1, he has joined that “great cloud of witnesses.” Lehotsky’s legacy continues to touch the lives of people in Winnipeg and elsewhere —including places like Summit House at Sioux Falls Seminary. He will be remembered for the positive impact he made in the lives of those he met and for how he showed that through God anyone can find new life.

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Rev. Harry Lehotsky:

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Alumnus’ Legacy Continues to Inspire

living the dream:

Father, friend, activist, hero, builder, defender, and encourager are all words used to describe Sioux Falls Seminary alumnus Harry Lehotsky (M.Div., ‘82). For more than 20 years, Lehotsky served as the pastor of New Life Ministries—creating change as an inner-city activist in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, where he touched the lives of thousands.

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Story Update on Students Mark and Joy Tracy

In our Fall 2011 issue of the Impact magazine, we shared the story of Master of Divinity students Mark and Joy Tracy from Webster, South Dakota. Both had achieved success in their careers and were living the American dream. However, God got ahold of their hearts, and their lives were forever changed. With a renewed commitment to their faith, the Tracys began living debt free and enrolled as distance students at Sioux Falls Seminary. When we spoke with Mark and Joy last year, they were awaiting direction from God on where and how to best serve the kingdom. Shortly after publication, the Tracys were pleasantly surprised to find some clarity and direction on where God was leading them. It all happened on a trip to Sioux Falls for class, when an event in town made hotel rooms expensive and sparse. After learning of Mark and Joy’s struggle to find lodging, the seminary offered them an affordable stay at Summit House. Although they had been forewarned that Summit House wasn’t quite like the Hilton, Mark and Joy got the overwhelming sense that they were at home during their one-week stay there.

Mark assists with Restored 2 Life Church, an outreach of the center, which operates on a “come as you are” philosophy and is open to all people no matter their denomination or affiliation. One of the things Mark and Joy like the most about living at Summit House is the opportunity to connect with the residents of Pettigrew Heights on a personal level. According to the Tracys, they are making sure people know they are not invisible. “Our neighbors have names. For me to pray for ‘Freddy’ is much more specific than to just pray for Pettigrew Heights,” said Mark. “Our experiences at Summit House will impact how we do ministry no matter where we go.”

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Student residents at Summit House keep busy as they balance seminary studies and outreach to residents in Pettigrew Heights. Below are some statistics on Summit House.

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On April 1, 2012, Mark and Joy made the move to Sioux Falls and became residents of Summit House. Since then, they have felt nothing but blessed. “Summit House is a beautiful blend of personality, ministry, sharing, and caring,” said Joy. Since relocating, Mark and Joy have been volunteering at the Center of Hope and getting to know their neighbors one-by-one. Joy serves at the center and helps assist individuals in need by providing warm winter clothing, bikes, use of computers, and more.

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The son of immigrant parents, Lehotsky grew up in New York City and attended a church started by Walter Rauschenbusch. He was inspired by the stories about this German pastor who had moved into New York’s Hell’s Kitchen to help transform it. After a near death experience precipitated by a bad reaction to PCP-laced marijuana, Lehotsky promised that if the Lord carried him through he would do whatever God wanted. In 1983, Harry and his wife, Virginia, moved from New York City to begin laying a foundation for community ministry through the Manitoba Association of the North American Baptist Conference. Their efforts led to the creation of a church and ministry focused on bringing new life to people on the old West End—many of who struggled with poverty, addiction, and abuse. Prayer walks, worship, and Bible studies grew into renovation and transitional housing projects, spiritual outreach, and more. Lehotsky passed away from cancer before completing all he’d set out to do. Although changes are taking place within New Life Ministries, the work he began continues. A huge mural on Maryland Street memorializes the life of Harry Lehotsky, an exceptional man of God. Biographer Paul Boge’s The Urban Saint: The Harry Lehotsky Story recounts Harry’s life and ministry. As theurbansaint.com notes, he “earned the title of a saint among those who have lived, breathed, and were encouraged by his tireless battles and purpose-driven compassion for neighborhood restoration. Though he never saw all the fruit of his labor completed, the ‘work of the saint’ will live on through others, who catch and continue his vision. His untimely death on November 11, 2006, left behind a challenge, a torch, and a story of an urban revolution.” In the words of Hebrews 12:1, he has joined that “great cloud of witnesses.” Lehotsky’s legacy continues to touch the lives of people in Winnipeg and elsewhere —including places like Summit House at Sioux Falls Seminary. He will be remembered for the positive impact he made in the lives of those he met and for how he showed that through God anyone can find new life.

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Grant received to build social entrepreneurship program

willimon to provide day of reflection at 2013 hiller

Sioux Falls Seminary has received a grant from the Kern Family Foundation to integrate economic principles throughout the pastoral preparation process. Over the next three years, curriculum enhancements will lead to the development of a social entrepreneurship program that brings together faith perspective and business entrepreneurship to create social change.

Sioux Falls Seminary invites you to join Dr. William H. Willimon, one of America’s best known preachers, on Tuesday, April 9. The event, titled Proclaiming the Risen Christ in Our Culture, will be a day of reflection at the beginning of the Christian season of Eastertide.

Jessica Berg (MACL, 2012) has been hired to spearhead social entrepreneurship curriculum development and outcomes in conjunction with seminary faculty and administration. One recent curriculum enhancement is the addition of Faith, Business, and Money: a course to help individuals gain a wellrounded theological approach to business and money that’s relevant to their career or ministry. It’s being offered spring ‘13 in Sioux Falls and summer ‘13 in Omaha. Church and business leaders are encouraged to take the course for credit or audit. To learn more, e-mail info@sfseminary.edu. Sioux Falls Seminary impact 8

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As the featured speaker of the 2013 Hiller Lectureship, Willimon will discuss the challenges of Christian proclamation in light of Jesus’ resurrection and reflect on the peculiar opportunities that Christian preachers have for proclaiming the reality and promise of the risen Christ in our culture. Sessions include: The Resurrection as the Birth of Christian Proclamation; The Challenges of Preaching After Easter in a Culture of Death; Looking at the Eastertide Lessons—Preparing to Preach Easter 2013; and a time for questions and answers.

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Pictured with Ardice at the 150th Convocation Service at Sioux Falls Seminary in 2007.

life: Ralph grew up in New York City and left for Chicago in 1936 to study at Moody Bible Institute, Loyola University, and Northern Baptist Seminary. In 1944, Ralph married Dorothy Johnson. They were blessed with two daughters, Ruth and Elizabeth. Dorothy passed away in 1977 from cancer. Ralph later met and married Ardice Ziolkowski, a North American Baptist missionary to Cameroon, Africa, and she remained by his side until the day he died. Ralph pastored several churches, taught theology, and directed the doctoral program at Sioux Falls Seminary (then North American Baptist Seminary). In retirement, he enjoyed volunteer work and playing the trumpet for various occasions, especially for the worship services at Trinity Baptist Church in Sioux Falls.

Education/Ministry: Ph.B., Loyola University, 1944 B.D., Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1946 Th.D., Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1950 M.A., University of South Dakota, 1958 Continuing Education: Northwestern University Visiting Fellow: Princeton Theological Seminary Ordination: 1945

teaching (1950-1981): Professor of Theology and Philosophy of Religion Acting Dean (second semester 1973-74) Director of Field Education (1974-1976) Director of Doctoral Studies (1976-1981)

Those who knew Ralph understand that he was not just an “ivory tower” theologian. He often used phrases like “it warms the cockles of my heart” and “this is good stuff,” which reminded students that

his theology was very much a matter of the heart—something to be learned and also lived. Several interim pastorates kept him in touch with the realities of life and ministry that his students would face upon seminary graduation. The loss of his wife, Dorothy, and his second blessing romance and marriage to Ardice gave credence to his faith and theology. Together, he and Ardice cared for each other and for their Trail Ridge neighbors and friends. Only a few weeks before his death, he provided trumpet accompaniment at Trinity Baptist in Sioux Falls. In remembering Dr. Ralph Powell, Sioux Falls Seminary Academic Vice President and Dean, Dr. Ron Sisk, wrote: “Some men and women continue to have an impact for good in the world far beyond their ‘active’ employment years. Ralph Powell was one of those people. His students, his colleagues, the seminary he served so long and so well, and his faith community found in Ralph steadiness, strength, wisdom, and faith that have been an inspiration to three generations.” Ralph continues to be an inspiration to others even in his death as his words of wisdom and influence of faith live on in the hearts of those who knew him and in the lives of those his students serve and touch.

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at the seminary pastors & vets gathered to discuss coping with ptsd SFS, along with the VA Medical Health System in Sioux Falls, was honored to host the Caring for Returning Warriors Workshop. The event brought together area clergy and combat veterans to talk openly about Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and the role churches can play in helping veterans in their congregations who may be suffering from the disorder. Two recent combat veterans shared their struggles of coming home after active duty—allowing clergy to hear first-hand what it is like to suffer from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder on a daily basis. Both veterans said that the immediate, shared bond between all combat vets, even those who have just met, can play a very important role in the process of identifying and coping with PTSD. They both also suggested that creating a support network comprised of combat veterans within a church community would be a valuable opportunity to bring veterans together for fellowship and for addressing the challenges of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

Call for Hiller Fellows: Get your expenses covered to see dr. william willimon If you are interested in hearing the Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon speak at the 2013 Hiller Lectureship on Tuesday, April 9, at Sioux Falls Seminary—we have a great opportunity for you! An anonymous donation has been given to cover the transportation, housing, registration fees, and meal expenses for a few 2013 Hiller Lectureship attendees. Recipients of the award will be recognized as Hiller Fellows. Refer yourself or someone you know to become a 2013 Hiller Fellow. To be considered for one of the Hiller Fellowships, you or the person you recommend must be a pastor who is actively serving in ministry. Send referrals by March 5, 2013, to: Dr. Mike Hagan at mhagan@sfseminary.edu or Dr. Ron Sisk at rsisk@sfseminary.edu. 9

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President’s Chapel and Community Meal Sioux Falls Seminary President, Dr. Mike Hagan, will welcome new students at the first chapel of the spring semester. Community meal to follow, $4/person. 11:30 a.m., SFS, Room 102/Lobby, 2100 S. Summit Avenue

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Dean’s Chapel and Community Meal Seminary Academic Vice President and Dean, Dr. Ron Sisk, will preach. Community meal to follow, $4/person. 11:30 a.m., SFS, Room 102/Lobby, 2100 S. Summit Avenue

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2013 Hiller Lectureship The Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon, one of America’s best known preachers, will speak at the 2013 Hiller Lectureship on April 9, 2013. Proclaiming the Risen Christ in our Culture, will provide a day of reflection at the beginning of the Christian season of Eastertide. Cost to attend will be $30 per person. To learn more, e-mail info@sfseminary.edu or visit sfseminary.edu. 8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., SFS, 2100 S. Summit Avenue

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Spring 2013 Semester Concludes 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., SFS, 2100 S. Summit Avenue 2013 Commencement Banquet Graduates of the Sioux Falls Seminary class of 2013 will celebrate their accomplishments with faculty, family, and friends. Advance reservations and tickets are required. 6:30 p.m., Ordal Dining Hall, Augustana College, 2001 S. Summit Avenue Commencement Ceremony and Reception Degrees will be conferred to the 155th graduating class of Sioux Falls Seminary. A reception will follow the ceremony. 2:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 401 S. Spring Avenue

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Women in Community: Leading from Where You Are Women of all ages and professions are invited to come together, hear from dynamic female speakers, and gain a renewed sense of confidence to positively use their influence in the home, church, community, and workplace. Cost to attend is $25 per person and includes lunch from Chef Dominique. To join the event mailing list, please e-mail info@sfseminary.edu. 8:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., SFS, 2100 S. Summit Avenue

same words also serve as a transition to Jesus’ warning that he was sending out his disciples as “sheep among wolves.” Ralph understood that the ministry preparation he was providing for students was absolutely essential for those who were being called and sent to a difficult task. The “serpent” as a symbol of wisdom and the “dove” as a symbol of purity and innocence stand as reminders of Jesus’ instructions to “the twelve” and to all who are called to serve. Dr. Roger Olson seems to speak for many of Ralph’s students: “When I look back over my life and career, I can confidently say there was no more important influence on my theological development. He was not a theological genius (in the usual sense of the term–a great innovator) or productive writer (I think he had one or two scholarly articles published). But he was one of the best teachers of balanced, sane, spiritually profound, insightful, wise evangelical theology I have ever known or heard of.” “When I think of Dr. Powell, I remember his amazing prayers on so many occasions,” said former Sioux Falls Seminary president and alumnus Dr. Chuck Hiatt. “His walk with Christ was clearly demonstrated in his ability to pray so powerfully. I was always comforted when he reminded me that he and Ardice prayed for me and for the seminary every day.” Retired SFS professor Dr. Richard Houts said, “A memory of Ralph I shall always treasure is hearing him pray publicly.”

When Ralph prayed it was as if he and those around him were literally in the presence of God.

Stories abound about Ralph’s creativity in the classroom as he “made theology come alive” for many of his students—climbing on top of a table to illustrate God’s transcendence; speaking within an inch of a student’s face to illustrate God’s immanence; holding his rather thick glasses in both hands while challenging students to view matters of life and theology “through the lenses of faith;” hiding and peeking out from behind the window curtains to illustrate God’s providential watch-care for his people. As a former student said, “We learned to be winsome in our defense of the faith, rigorous in our pursuit of theological understanding, and wise in our dialogues with those of other world views, but above all,

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Remembering Ralph professor, mentor, in great company When the scripture writer declared that Christians are surrounded by

“. . . a great cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1), he was not specifically referring to Dr. Ralph Powell. However, as Ralph (this is how he preferred to be addressed in his post-teaching years) was ushered into the presence of God on August 7, 2012, he joined a host of saints who lived by faith, and in the words of a current student,

in memorium: rev. dr. ralph powell Born: Died:

April 30, 1916, in New Britain, CT August 7, 2012, in Sioux Falls, SD

Survived by: Wife: Ardice; daughters: Ruth Dahmen and Beth (Toby) Fladmark; grandchildren: Sarah (Jeremy) Mark, Rebecca Dahmen, Lars (Liz) Fladmark, and Anna Fladmark; and great grandchildren: Gabriel and Lydia Fladmark and Ava Anderson. Sioux Falls Seminary impact

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“Walked with Jesus.”

The news of Ralph’s home-going was greeted with sadness but also with many expressions of admiration and gratitude. “One of the great privileges of my life is to have been a student of Ralph Powell” is a common sentiment of former students. One recalls his advice to aspiring pastors and church leaders to be “wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matt 10:16). When dealing with a challenging biblical text or theological concept, Dr. Powell would remind us of Jesus’ words of instruction to his disciples as he sent them out to “try their wings” in the ministry of teaching and healing (something like student pastors). The

Staying in Touch alumni updates, news, and prayer requests

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Paul Reeder, who attended Sioux Falls Seminary in 1952-53, has pastored in Valier, Havre, and Great Falls, Montana, since he was ordained in 1955. In 1975, he moved to Billings, MT, where he served as the Director of Friendship House of Christian Service, a Christian neighborhood center related to American Baptist Home Mission Societies. He retired in 1992 and is currently serving as a police chaplain for the Billings Police Department. Reeder was recently awarded the Special Recognition Award from the International Conference of Police Chaplains in recognition of over 34 years of service.

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Rev. Fred Penner and his wife, Edy (secretary to former NABS President Dr. Frank Veninga), of South Sioux City, NE, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 1, 2012. They

were married at Windom Baptist Church in Windom, MN, by Dr. Veninga. They had an early celebration in August with family and close friends. The Penners served churches in OH, MN, CA, ID, SD, MI, NE, and IA, before retiring. They are blessed with three children and seven grandchildren. Their son Philip, his wife, Kathy, and their family live in Arlington Heights, IL; son Steven, his wife, Jamie, and their family live in Broomfield, CO; and daughter, Joy, lives near Erie, CO, with her husband, Steve, and their family.

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Larry Froese retired as Senior Pastor of River of Hope in Devon, AB, on Dec. 31, 2012.

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Alicia Luna is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California. She is married to Jorge Luna ‘98. They have two

Dr. Gideon Zimmerman B.D., ‘61 D.D., ‘71 1920-2011 As a pastor, denominational leader, and former Executive Secretary of the North American Baptist Conference (1968–79), Gideon’s godly wisdom and influence ministered to the lives of individuals both in local churches and around the world.

daughters, Hope and Julia. See ‘98 for an update on Jorge.

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Frank Guinta Jr. serves at First Baptist Church in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is constantly grateful for the contribution his seminary education has made to his ministry and for the part it has 11

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Clint Hogrefe and wife, Greta, welcomed son Luther Robert in Meriden, IA, on Aug. 27, 2012. Luther joins sister, Esther (5), and brother, Packer (2).

Rev. Manuel Wolff B.D., ‘53

transmuted to M.Div. in ‘79

1924-2011 In over 40 years serving as a North American Baptist pastor, “Manny” was known for challenging his congregants to say “yes” to God’s call to ministry. He also touched the lives of others through work as a scout leader, police and cancer center chaplain, and Bible camp leader.

played in his spiritual and professional development. Jorge Luna was appointed Senior Pastor of Oak Avenue Free Methodist Church in Orangevale, CA, in July 2012. Jorge and wife, Alicia ‘97, would love to hear from seminary friends.

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Becky Teel, wife of Clyde Teel and mother of Liz Teel ‘02, is battling cancer. Clyde serves as Pastor of Community Reformed Church in Sioux Falls, SD.

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Richard Kauenhofen is now the Senior Pastor at Springside Baptist Church in Springside, SK, Canada.

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Clint Richardson has been at Calvary Reformed Church in Monroe, SD, for two years. As Associate Pastor, he works mainly with youth and young adults. Clint and his wife, Emily, adopted son, Asher, when he was born in March 2012. They live in Marion, SD.

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Stephen Tressa resigned from his position as pastor of Midlands Evangelical Free Church in Council Bluffs, IA, and moved with his family (wife, Erin, and son, Noah) to Carrollton, TX, to pursue a Ph.D. program at Dallas Theological Seminary.

coffee shop, and outdoor store in Waco, TX, where they live.

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Denise Broveak was ordained on Sept. 29, 2012, at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD. Philip Long was ordained on Aug. 5, 2012, at River of Life Community Church in Canton, SD. He is serving with Heartland Converge, planting Reverb, a new church in Rapid City, SD. Megan (Stahl) Miller and Bryson Miller were married on July 21, 2012, in Chamberlain, SD. Megan is working as an MFT Intern for River Counseling Services, the Platte, SD, office of Sioux Falls Psychological Services.

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Jenna Hoff recently became the Associate Director of Mental Health Grace Alliance, a non-profit organization that provides assistance and support to those living with mental illness, helps equip the church, and advocates for overall mental health care. She also helps husband, Kyle, who manages a bike shop,

Justin Bousema

Honorary M.Div., ‘08

1982-2008

Although only in the beginning of his ministry service, Justin’s impact in the lives of those he met was significant. During an eleven month fight with Aplastic Anemia, Justin continued to serve and inspire. He was granted his degree posthumously in 2008. His wife, Bethany, is now an M.Div. student.

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Rev. Jackie Moon M.Div., ‘03 1947-2011

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Catch up on the latest from SFS—upcoming Hiller Lectureship, a call for Hiller Fellows, Kern Grant news, and more.

from the president

President Hagan talks about the power of letting the “great cloud of witnesses” speak into one’s journey and ministry.

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remembering ralph

The Rev. Dr. Ralph Powell’s home-going was greeted with sadness but also expressions of admiration and gratitude. We are proud to have called him professor emeritus and friend.

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living the dream update

in memoriam Also online at www.sfseminary.edu/events.

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News, updates, and prayer requests from Sioux Falls Seminary alumni.

a great cloud of witnesses

We pay tribute to a few of the many Sioux Falls Seminary alumni whose ministry service has left a lasting impact on others.

Find out where God has called students Mark and Joy Tracy to serve. Their story was featured in the Fall/Winter 2011-12 Impact. If you missed their story last year, a QR code is enclosed to access it online.

2011-2012 annual report Electronic copy available upon request.

summit house update

The impact is published by Sioux Falls Seminary two times per year for the benefit of the seminary community, friends, alumni, and supporters. Additional news and event information is distributed by e-mail throughout the year. To join our online news list, please visit www.sfseminary.edu/signup or call 800.440.6227 ext. 2703.

Take an at-a-glance look at Summit House at Sioux Falls Seminary.

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Jackie’s spiritual gift as a counselor allowed her to journey with many through issues of self-doubt, trauma, and addiction to an understanding of who they were in God’s eyes. As a pastor in White River and Mission, SD, she brought life to both communities and touched many, many people.

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Rev. Orville Meth of Minot, ND, died Dec. 4, 2012. He was 88. His wife, Irma, had passed away Oct. 11, 2012. Orville was called into ministry in 1947 and began his seminary education at North American Baptist Seminary in Rochester, NY. When the seminary relocated to Sioux Falls, SD, Orville and Irma (married in 1949) followed it. Orville served as pastor of five churches in Odessa, WA, (1952-1956); Stockton, CA, (1956-1957); Venturia, ND, (1957-1962);

Turtle Lake, ND, (1962-1966); and Elgin, IA, (1966-1972). While in Iowa, he was instrumental in founding Village Creek Bible Camp in Lansing. From 1972-1986, he served as Chaplain of the Baptist Home in Bismarck. In 1982, Orville helped establish the Heritage Commission, the archival library of the North American Baptist Conference. The Meths are survived by their daughters, Deborah (Jerry) Weimer of Modesto, CA, and Esther (Dean) Redington of Minot, ND; son, Daniel (Rebecca) Meth, of Norfolk, VA; six grandchildren; and four greatgrandchildren.

Staying in Touch

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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 new website at sfseminary.edu/alumni.

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Art Boymook of Lynden, WA, passed away suddenly of a massive heart attack on Oct. 15, 2012, at the age of 81. He was a former pastor of Evergreen Baptist Church in Renton, WA. A memorial service was held on October 20, 2012, at Sunrise Baptist Church in Custer, WA. He is survived by wife, Mary, and daughters Nola and Nicole ‘97 and their families.

Rev. Elton Kirstein B.Th. ‘54 1921-2011 Elton was an effective pastor and interim pastor. He saw God constantly change lives through his work serving churches in a six-state region. In 2002, he received a Signature Award from the seminary, celebrating his ability to effectively, lovingly, and positively minister to God’s kingdom.

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Generous Gift from the North American Baptists, Inc. to Bring Big Ideas to Life

Inspiration from

The ministry of Sioux Falls Seminary was born out of a big idea: an idea generated by a group of fourteen small churches made up of German immigrants in the 1850’s. Their idea was to create a seminary that would prepare people “to become pastors and missionaries who should labor among the immigrant Germans to help win them for a personal faith in Jesus Christ and a fruitful Christian life” (Albert John Ramaker, The Story of the German Department, 1927). This big idea that the North American Baptists generated more than 150 years ago to serve their own people is now impacting churches on a much broader scale. Christians from many denominations come to Sioux Falls Seminary for solid biblical preparation for ministry. Today, as Sioux Falls Seminary and the North American Baptists aspire to equip the next generation of Christian leaders, plans to encourage them to dream big ideas for the Kingdom of God are underway. Thanks to a generous gift from the North American Baptist Conference, classroom 207 will be converted into the Idea Center—a place that nurtures the same creative and entrepreneurial thinking that brought the seminary into existence. “A great history and partnership between the North American

of Witnesses Baptist Conference and the seminary stands recognized in this gift,” said President Mike Hagan. “Our hope is that the fruits of past ideas may multiply into bolder ministry initiatives germinated inside the Idea Center—all for the glory of God.” The Idea Center will be the home to courses in the new social entrepreneurship program which is now under development. Equipped with the latest tools and technology to foster bold thinking, the Idea Center will allow students to dream up big ideas to impact the next generation of Christians.

debt retirement update:

When SFS requested contributions to help lower its mortgage, nearly 100 gifts were received. In the past six months, $440,000 was given toward debt relief. What a blessing and answer to prayer! Much thanks to all who gave. If you would still like to participate, please call Benjamin Lee at 605.336.6588.

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Fall/Winter 12-13 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1

Fall/Winter 2012-13 Impact  

Sioux Falls Seminary honors the life of Dr. Ralph Powell and other seminary friends that are part of the "Great Cloud of Witnesses."

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