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God in our Midst

from the president

President Hagan talks about the power of K O KJ  O I  words of life can transform the world.


living the dream

The 2010-2011 Annual Report for Sioux Falls < G   IJ    we cannot imagine or achieve.


alumni in action

Find out how Sioux Falls Seminary alumni are     I  


sfs event calendar

Sioux Falls Seminary students Mark and Joy Tracy were living the American dream. Find out what motivated them to give it all up for the pursuit of Christ. Also online at www.sfseminary.edu/events.

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a bit of whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new Catch up on the latest from SFSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;35th  V  W =    = the upcoming Hiller Lectureship, and more.

enrollment up at sfs Sioux Falls Seminary experienced a jump in enrollment this fall. Hear from a few of the new SFS students, and discover some contributing factors that led to the increase.

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

The impact is published by Sioux Falls Seminary two times       =  = 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.php or call 800.440.6227 ext. 2703.

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The Pursuit of Happiness Mark and Joy Tracy say they were living the American dream four years ago. Mark was successfully climbing the corporate ladder at a South Dakota insurance company and was the co-owner of a web development

Â&#x192;          career. % =<^J=  J   They had a beautiful home, cabins, hunting property, four-wheelers, and recreation equipment. They went out to restaurants and traveled often.

The Pursuit of Christ K     J        =  I=OWJKV =Â&#x2039;% =  OWJ      J   So Mark visited almost every church in town. He fell in love with one where he sensed the Holy Spirit was present and living in the congregation. He found some      Â&#x2018; I

K%  =   =   =O WJK% thought the accumulation of things would make us happy.â&#x20AC;?

K WJ     =    breast cancer,â&#x20AC;? Joy said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That gave me a wake-up callâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;      =        things in order.â&#x20AC;?

They were both disillusioned with church and admit     I always known: a call to serve others. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The reality is,  Â&#x201D;      J happy,â&#x20AC;? Mark said.

Life began to change for Mark and Joy. Their commitment to Christ and their faith deepened after just a year of attending their church. One particular sermon posed a question that would alter their life: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Are you a disciple? And, if you are not, why not?â&#x20AC;?

But then, God got ahold of their hearts.

K%      Â&#x2026;Â&#x2021;= going to take it to the next level and become disciples?

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  =      a disciple a label reserved for someone much holier   Â&#x2026; =             =     nonetheless,â&#x20AC;? said Joy.

Set to be Mobile The Tracys sensed a two-fold call: to care for the lost  WJ =KI     abandon materialism and become debt free.â&#x20AC;? They sold their 2400-square-foot home and moved  *$$> Â&#x2014;>  K% 

   %   %                  =OÂ&#x192;  K%  and can do whatever we are called to do.â&#x20AC;? The Tracys also told their employers they would be   I    both cases, their announcements were accepted with support.

K   Â&#x201D;         %       %J   = where it is today, and, with the leading of the Holy Spirit, where it should be tomorrow. The seminary is equipping       =O WJ      I  ing them, knowing they are willing to go anywhere and      Â&#x192;=K% praying that we can serve together because our spiritual

    %     <^J= I =Â&#x2030; =   =   O %; =   K% >       =   =O WJK%Â&#x2C6; that if we are really good at this, someday we will make a Â&#x2014;J %   to keep up with anybody except Christ. Much of our ex  J    { J      I   O

K   J   =O WJK% pletely abandoned the American dream of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in exchange for life and liberty in the pursuit of Christ.â&#x20AC;?

Preparing to Go

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Having my bride as my class partner is awesome,â&#x20AC;? WJ K%           =      other.â&#x20AC;? Students M call to care ark and Joy Tracy are excite d about th whatever for the lost and live eir calling Ch rist brings freely by pursuing their way.



As they explore avenues for ministry, the Tracys have taken advantage of mission trips through Sioux Falls Seminaryâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a cross-cultural immersion experience on the Rosebud Reservation and a week of serving as counselors at a youth camp, both alongside professor Jay Moon. Next summer, they plan to help co-lead a youth camp.

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     =I   knocking againâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;this time, encouraging them to get more training. They knew there was more to learn  =       untrained. Joy and Mark enrolled in Sioux Falls Semi    W ^     classmates.


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Photo by: Jay Pickthorn, Argus Leader

choir surprises shoppers with hallelujah flash mob

new director of operations for summit house at sfs

Christmas shoppers at the Empire Mall in Sioux Falls received an unexpected surprise on December 1 when members of the Sioux Falls Seminary Community Choir broke into the Hallelujah Chorus.

Sioux Falls Seminary alumnus Kevin Skogstad (M.Div., 2010) is the new Director of Operations for Summit V <!X <         =<J    >  knowledge of the value of serving in Pettigrew Heights.

According to Ted Faszer, seminary professor and choir  =G  K    joy and the true meaning of Christmas to shoppers.â&#x20AC;? The choir was excited to share the Christmas spirit and   G J  just a few days before the seminary community choir  Â&#x201C;? V  Messiah Concert on Sunday, December 4. A large crowd was on hand at First Baptist Church in Sioux Falls to commemorate the special occasion. G = Â&#x2DC;   www.youtube.com/SiouxFallsSeminary. Sioux Falls Seminary impact


Skogstad, who began his new role in fall 2011, is excited to place an emphasis on the student residents and their experiences both inside the classroom and in the  K Â&#x201D;J     help them integrate the principles of Christian community development into their service in Pettigrew Heights and into their future Kingdom work,â&#x20AC;? said Skogstad. Skogstad believes that through Summit House students will be â&#x20AC;&#x153;better able to connect with the community around themâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;wherever they will serve. They will not only be tied to a church or a building but will also J    I   a part.â&#x20AC;?

at the seminary inary nary hiller to focus on parents/ teens, feature chap clark

alumnus nathan hitchcock to join seminary faculty

< JXVÂ&#x2013; I     of the 2012 Hiller Lectureship on Tuesday, April 17. Dr. Chap Clark, well-known speaker, writer, and scholar, will share with attendees on the following topics:

Nathan Hitchcock will become the newest full-time      Â&#x192;&="$&"X the past two years, he has been teaching on year-to    %    =V   J will become the Assistant Professor of Church History and Theology.


the changing adolescent and the stagnant church;


discipleship in a pluralistic, individualistic, and egocentric world;


pursuing sticky faith: for kids and the rest of us.

Clark is the Associate Provost of Regional Campuses and Special Projects and Professor of Youth, Family, and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary and the founder of ParenTeen and HURT Seminars. His diverse background and authentic style give him the ability to speak to all ages in a way that connects. Cost to attend the 2012 Hiller Lectureship will be $25 per person, which includes lunch. To be included in the mailing list, please e-mail info@sfseminary.edu.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nathan brings an intensity to teaching that stems from his academic preparation and his practical application in church ministry,â&#x20AC;? said Mike Hagan, seminary presi K%J        the seminary and to our students.â&#x20AC;? Hitchcock received a Master of Arts in Bible and Theol  <!X <  "$$9  November 2010, he successfully defended his doctoral dissertation at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He has a passion for historical and theological study centering around the doctrine of the resurrection of the body and has done pioneering work on the topic of men and religion. 5

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call to prayer update:

ding! praise God for growth committed to prayer For the past year, the Sioux Falls Seminary faculty, staff, students, and Board of Trustees members have been committed to praying for the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ministry. Each day, at 9:00 a.m., 12 noon, and 3:00 p.m., someone rings a chime throughout the seminary building as a reminder to pray. Members of the community pause from whatever they are doing to lift up three requests: t a â&#x20AC;&#x153;breakthroughâ&#x20AC;? in the seminaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ministry, especially in student numbers, donors, or a combination; t for â&#x20AC;&#x153;healthâ&#x20AC;? in relationships among people as Sioux Falls Seminary plans its future; t for the binding of Satan against Sioux Falls Seminaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ministry efforts.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our community has been deeply impacted by these simple reminders,â&#x20AC;? Sioux Falls Seminary impact


said Mike Hagan, seminary president. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are stronger because of our attention to prayer. God is working in ways we cannot.â&#x20AC;?

ding! enrollment is on the rise <!X <    Â&#x201D; "9Â&#x17E; from 175 total individuals enrolled for credit and audit in fall 2010 to 220 individuals in fall 2011.   E?       head count likely comes from a combination of factors including a large incoming class, emphasis on the new technologically-advanced campus, service to the region, the launch of new residential program offerings in Omaha, Nebraska, and prayer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of people have worked hard to connect with students in our region and in Omaha who are sensing a call to ministry,â&#x20AC;? said Hagan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of friends and alumni   ==  O Although increased enrollment is cause for celebration, <!X <    Â&#x201D;       I is calling to serve in his Kingdom. Each student brings with him or her life experiences, stories, and unique gifts to share with the seminary community.      >  years near Trent, South Dakota, new Master of Divin-

enrollment is ity and Luther House of Study student Alan Blanken      I   harvest. His call led him to begin studies at Sioux Falls Seminary this fall. Blankenfeld plans to continue farming and hopes to one day serve a rural congregation as a part-time pastor. Another new student, Shihan Li, came to the United States from China just a few short years ago with no  I=   J    Christian community in Brookings, South Dakota, where he came to know Christ as an engineering stu <^J<Â&#x2013;  V    Sioux Falls Seminary to grow in his faith and to attain the skills and training needed to serve the Chinese   =    Chinese church in Brookings. %Â&#x152; J  ;     education nearby, another new student did not. Mike V   %  < W    Director for Community Covenant Church in Omaha, | JX =   opportunity to further his education without relocating. V      Master of Divinity program in Omaha and seized the opportunity to further his education while continuing his current ministry role. %      =   Â&#x2030; Lehman was looking for the most affordable seminary      =    I

UP provided and opened doors for her to attend Sioux Falls Seminary. She is excited about the opportunity to serve youth and families in her future. K%   = I     =O V  KI J      lives of our students. He is smiling at us as we look back at what he has done.â&#x20AC;?

Mike Harvat Alan Blankenfeld

Shihan Li

Kara Lehman

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by the Rev. Randy Tschetter, D.Min., Director of Church Relations and Alumni

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W <!X <  W ^  alumni often share the words of life from behind the         Alumni in Action, we are highlighting of two Sioux Falls Seminary graduates who are passionate about sharing the words of life from behind the pulpits of prisons and jails.

M.Div., 1986 CEO, Prison Fellowship â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prisonâ&#x20AC;? is not a word or place one normally associates with Sioux Falls Seminary alumni. Yet, for Jim Liske, prison has become a way of life. More accurately, it is â&#x20AC;&#x153;prison ministryâ&#x20AC;? that has       Â&#x192; "$&&=; J     Â&#x160;! Â&#x2021;  Sioux Falls Seminary impact 8

Liske oversees the Prison Fellowship organization, which has a mission to equip and assist churches as they minister to prisoners, ex-prisoners, victims, and their families and to promote biblical standards of justice in the criminal justice system. Volunteers, who come from many denominational backgrounds, share I   Â&#x192;     that real solutions to crime come through spiritual renewal. Evangelism and discipleship are also important    ]  X       and other individuals whose lives have been impacted by crime. Ministries like Operation Starting Line emphasize evangelism and repentance, while others like the Angel Tree Ministry serve children with at least one parent in prison. Liske earned his Master of Divinity degree at Sioux Falls Seminary in 1986. Prior to accepting his new position, he served as the Senior Pastor of Ridge ]    V =W   % there, his passion for serving prisoners grew through the establishment of a para-church ministry designed to help newly-released prisoners transition back into mainstream society. %  J     ]   X =; J =K   

  Â&#x2C6;   I ergized by the rich history of Prison Fellowship and the   Â&#x2C6;   Â&#x2039;   that the Lord will use us as a powerful testimony of his

Summit House:

    ! J     lives of inmates, their families, and the communities they live and work in.â&#x20AC;?

empowering change from within mmit House Resident

M.Div., 2011 Specialized Minister, Living Stone Prison Church K Â&#x2014;           =  sensed that a standard pastoral position was where  =O Â&#x192;  % =W ^  graduate, 2011. However, after doing some volunteer work at multiple   =%        ing to those behind bars. During his second year at seminary, he was asked to do an internship at the Cornerstone Prison Church inside the South Dakota <]  ~<^<]K    I      men of the SDSP and began to feel at home minis        =O %  Before feeling called to ministry and to serve the   =% J      contractor, but experienced mental and emotional struggle in his career. One day, out of the blue, he  I  Â&#x160;        =% Â&#x2C6; I =    %<X<=K  that the professors and staff were there to not only challenge [him] to succeed, but also to do their part in making sure [he] was successful.â&#x20AC;? After commencement in May 2011, doors opened for %  WJ^<]    <

=<^J= < Â&#x2C6;W   appointed by the Reformed Church in America. On Â&#x192; &="$&"=%   > founded Living Stone Prison Church, which was named by a board of inmates. KJ J J  ;     =O  %  K  J<!X  Seminary played in preparing me for ministry.â&#x20AC;?

meet Ali McCormick, Su

For student Ali McCormick, living among the poor and being a part of something bigger than herself at Summit V  Â&#x201D;  G < developed a strong sense of community and heart for outreach after witnessing how her hometown of Mitchell, <^J=     %    only 10 months old, her mother was killed in a bus accident. The community helped her father raise his two small children. K     wrap your arms around each other in good times and bad times,â&#x20AC;? said McCormick. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Outreach was ingrained in me.â&#x20AC;? % W  J       about a chance to live in one of the poorest neighborhoods  <!X =    <V  dent, McCormick lives in affordable dormitory-style housing  =  =      J    the neighborhood. K     Â&#x201D;  =O  W  JK Â&#x2C6;    >>    I   minister.â&#x20AC;? Since moving to Summit House in February 2010, McCormick has helped host free community barbecues and     <    her passion for children by working at a free after-school     KJ       =O W  JK  =Â&#x2039; Â&#x152;=   

  O But McCormick says her most powerful ministry happens in   !   =            =    is. She believes community development is about empowering people: coming alongside them and journeying       K   realize they can do it,â&#x20AC;? said McCormick. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They just need   =Â&#x2039;Â&#x2020;     O As McCormick seeks to empower her neighbors, they also   KÂ&#x2C6;    my ministry with the poor with my youth ministry,â&#x20AC;? she said. McCormick is pursuing candidacy with the United Methodist Church and hopes to graduate in May 2013 and seek a youth pastor position. 9

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March thirty


women in community event Come together with women from all walks of life to explore conversational leadership and learn the art of listening. For information, call 800.440.6227 or e-mail info@sfseminary.edu. SFS, 2100 S. Summit Avenue


New Student Orientation 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., SFS, 2100 S. Summit Avenue


thirty Spring 2012 Semester Begins

February one Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chapel and Community Meal 11:30 a.m., Room 102, SFS, 2100 S. Summit Avenue

eight Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chapel and Community Meal 11:30 a.m., Room 102, SFS, 2100 S. Summit Avenue

seventeen Hiller Lectureship featuring Dr. Chap Clark Dr. Chap Clark, well-known speaker, writer, and scholar, will     < JXVÂ&#x2013; I   For info, call 800.440.6227 or e-mail info@sfseminary.edu. 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., SFS, 2100 S. Summit Avenue

May eighteen 2012 Commencement Banquet I <!X <   "$&" celebrate the closing of their seminary experience with faculty and family. Reservations and tickets required. 6:30 p.m., Ordal Dining Hall, Augustana College

twenty-two Morning of Prayer Â&#x192; <X<      SFS, 2100 S. Summit Avenue


Commencement and Reception Degrees will be conferred to the 154th graduating class of Sioux Falls Seminary. 2:00 p.m., Central Baptist Church, 3100 Ralph Rogers Rd.

more online sfseminary.edu/events

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Community Preview Day Are you or someone you know interested in seminary? This is a great way to learn more about the seminary experience and if <!X <     8:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., SFS, 2100 S. Summit Avenue


Staying in Touch alumni updates, news, and prayer requests


Milton Zeeb and wife Alice of Mesa, AZ, celebrated 60 years of marriage on August 31. ^Â&#x2C6;   =  is living in a private group home where she receives round-theclock care. Milton continues to   Â&#x20AC; %ship Ministry and is thankful for his ministry training at the seminary.   ?Â&#x201C;     I.


Darwin Stahl retired from full-time ministry at the end of 2011. A retirement service was held on December 11 for him and his wife, Judy, at Ashley Baptist Church in North Dakota. He served churches in Okeene, Â&#x2021;Â&#x2030;{%   < =<^{  Ashley, ND, as well as chaplaincy      =<^= Â&#x152; marck, ND. The Stahls are retiring in Hawley, MN, near their son.


Lester Buenning lives in Martin, ND. He suffered seizures

as he returned home from his     Â&#x2030;   gust. Doctors in Sioux Falls, SD, suspected some kind of a viral infection as a cause.


Latin America and helped to create a Lay Pastor Training program for Hispanic men and women. Eddie and his wife, Marcia, are looking I    for them next.

Richard Reese retired after 37 years of ministry with the American Baptist Churches USA. He served churches in SD and Utah for a total of 17 years, as metropolitan Detroit area minister for 7 years, and concluded with 13 years of ministry with the Ministers and Missionaries Ben Â&#x152;J &=$$$      =W   = Â&#x2021;  = Susan, is a professor at Michigan State University in the College of Education. They currently reside  I ; =W




Eddie Soto concluded his service as the Associate for Latin American Ministries of the Charleston-Atlantic Presbytery at the end of September due to a loss of funds for his position. During his service with the presbytery, he helped initiate Spanish-speaking Hispanic Fellowships within Anglo-speaking churches. He also helped lead mission trips to

Jim Liske has been serving as the CEO of Prison Fellowship since July 2011. He previously served as the Senior Pastor at Ridge Point Community Church  V =WÂ&#x192;  = Cathy, have two children, Allison and Joshua.


Benjamin Bryant and his wife, Kristl, are the proud parents of a baby boy, Benjamin Edison, born August 2, 2011.

Ken Hunt and wife Lizette (â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;04) live in Pierre, SD. Ken is currently serving at Prairie ] J   He was ordained into the American Baptist Church (ABC) USA in 2009 at First Baptist Church of Pierre, SD. Daughter Caitlyn is living and working in Huron, SD, and daughter Rebecca attends Riggs High School in Pierre. 11

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alumni updates


Lizette Hunt and husband Ken (â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;03) live in Pierre, SD. Lizette is currently serving at First Baptist Church of Pierre and is working on her Doctor of Ministry degree with Northern Seminary. She was ordained into the ABC/USA in 2009 at First Baptist Church, Pierre, SD.

Kevin Karhoff has been diagnosed with angioimmunoblastic t-cell lymphoma. To learn more Â&#x2030;       receive the latest updates, visit his Caring Bridge webpage at: caringbridge.org/visit/kevinkarhoff.


Shelly (Andal) Palmer gave birth to daughter Lily Virginia  <!== ^ &= 2011. Lily was 6 lbs. 7 oz. and 20 inches long. Shelly and husband ^ ~Â&#x2039;$9  >  

Dan Palmer and his wife, Shelly ~$'=    =<^= and serve at Big Springs Baptist Church. They welcomed daughter Lily on December 1, 2011.

Don Vanderlip and his wife, Kristi, became the proud parents of daughter Madisyn Ann, born November 18, 2011. Madisyn weighed 7 lb. 13 oz.

Sara (Stebbins) Peterson and her husband, Mark, welcomed their second son, Tate Oliver, on July 19, 2011. Tate joins older brother Caden (3).

Joshua Wesner serves as pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Marion, KS. On November 20, 2011, he was ordained into the North American Baptist Conference. He and his wife, Lisa, are parents of three children: Abby, Â&#x2030; =   


Bryce Roskens is now serving as the Associate Pastor at Steamboat Rock Baptist Church  < J=V   alongside Pastor Harrison Lippert (â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;99). On February 26, 2011, Bryce defended his ordination paper. He     &* in the Upper Mississippi Region of the North American Baptist Conference. (Pictured above: Bryce and his wife, Amber, and their two children: Macy and Mercedes.)

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Elton LaBree and wife Katie welcomed baby Karissa Jane on May 15, 2011. She joins big brother Ethan. The LaBrees live  % J=|^=Â&#x160;    as pastor of First Baptist Church.

Lori Williamson is operating Lori %    Wriage and Family in Sioux Falls, SD. She is a Marriage and Family      Dependency Counselor.


Ken Eberline is currently serving as the pastor of a church plant in Sioux Falls, SD, called Patmos. The unique ministry is a house church birthed by The Crossing church, also of Sioux Falls.


Kimberly (Watson) Belben married Jeff Belben on May 14, 2011. Kim is currently working as a Marriage and Fam  <!X  Psychological Services in Sioux Falls, SD.

Kevin Skogstad is the Director of Operations for Summit House at Sioux Falls Seminary. Kevin was honored on Sunday, October 2, 2011, at All Nations Church in Sioux Falls, SD, for helping to   Â&#x152;J %  Lifelight Music Festival.


Joel Fredrikson and his wife, Traci, live in Sioux Falls, SD. Joel serves as the Youth Pastor at Hope Community Church.

Jenna Hoff and husband Kyle % =Â?=    2011 to be a part of the Antioch    Â&#x160; Discipleship Training School, an eleven-month church program. Jenna and Kyle also celebrated  >    in August.

alumni updates

Robert Horstman was ordained on Sunday, August 7, 2011, at X    = V    X  Reformed Church as a student pastor while in seminary and later received a call to serve full time.

Garry Nyenhuis is serving as the Associate Pastor at Rock Valley First Reformed Church in Rock Val=V <  two children, Elijah and Sarah, and are expecting their third child in April 2012.

Roger Priestley is serving as a      at Sioux Falls Psychological Services, both in Sioux Falls, SD.

Don Reiffenberger has been   I  Lutheran Church in Parker, SD, and Bethany Lutheran Church in Hurley, SD. He was ordained on Friday, August 12, 2011, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD.

Bob Smith and his wife, Sharon, relocated to Virginia Beach, VA, where Bob is studying Christian Theology at Regent University School of Divinity.

Anita (Flier) Van Veldhuizen was married to Denny Van Veldhuizen on October 5, 2011, at the First   V=

Jason Wiersma has accepted the invitation from Cornerstone Prison Ministries to plant a church in the <

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in memoriam

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Edwin Voigt of Columbus, NE, passed away on May 12, 2011. He was 81. Edwin served Baptist churches in Bison, SD; Vesper, KS; Beulah, ND; and Corn, OK, and also worked for Job Service and social services in Hu =<^{W  =|^{% = ND; and Martin, SD. He retired in 1995. He is survived by his wife, Vernice; two daughters, Virginia ~ %   Â&#x20AC;~%  {   =  (Andy) Eben and Ruth Krull; seven grandchildren; and one greatgrandson.

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Dr. Gideon K. Zimmerman of Louisville, KY, passed away on December 20, 2011, at the age of 91. He was ordained in 1943 by the North American Baptist (NAB) Conference and served as a pastor for 12       =W{ I XJ =|^{ WJ= %X&'9+>&'*'=I   served as the Executive Secretary of the NAB Conference. He is preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor and their son, Mark E. Zimmerman. Survivors include his two sons, Dr. Thomas A. Zimmerman (Linda) and Rev. Paul R. Zimmerman (Judy); his 6 grandchildren; 5 greatgrandchildren; and his brother, Rev. Benjamin Zimmerman.


Marlon Johnson of North Platte, NE, passed away on March 25, 2011. He was a licensed pastor who spent 14 months as a chaplain in the North American Baptist Nursing Home in Madison, SD. He is survived by his wife,

Cheryl V. Jensen; his parents, Mahlon and Nina Johnson; a sister, Clinta (Ron) Samuelson; and a brother, Lance (Linda) Johnson.

Ruth Haskenhoff, sister of Dixie Lehman (â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80) and Carol Potratz (â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;78), passed away on July 27, 2011, at the age of 74. She was an active member of St. John Lutheran   < =  vived by her children, Debra (Joe) %  J=^  ~Â&#x192; ] = and Daniel (Tina) Knebel; four grandchildren; and another sister, April Adler.

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Create a legacy . . . Support the Seminary through Charitable Remainder Trusts Supporting Sioux Falls Seminary through a charitable remainder trust is a generous way to make a legacy gift                  right circumstances, it is truly a win-win for both the donor and the seminary. Charitable remainder trusts, often referred to as trusts or CRTs, can provide an immediate income tax deduction and return annual income to a donor. Depending on how a donor funds the remainder trust, it is possible to reduce capital gains and even estate taxes.

What is a charitable remainder trust?                             !"$ %  nates, the remaining assets will be transferred to Sioux Falls Seminary. CRTs are funded with cash or appreciated property (stocks, bonds, land). The trust payments are paid to the donor on a quarterly, semi-annual, or annual basis until the trust ends.

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Sioux Falls Seminary is seeking comments from the public about the school in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its accrediting agencies. The school will host a visit March 12-14, 2012, with teams representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association of Theological Schools. Sioux Falls Seminary has been accredited by the     &'*+      &'9+         standards for accreditation. The public is invited to submit comments regarding the school to: Public Comment on Sioux Falls Seminary, Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 230 South ;<<=<*>?$$=  =;9$9$E>&E&&              Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing and signed. All comments must be received by February 10, 2012. Sioux Falls Seminary impact


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Fall 11/Winter 12 Impact Magazine  

Semi-annual newsletter of Sioux Falls Seminary in Sioux Falls, SD.

Fall 11/Winter 12 Impact Magazine  

Semi-annual newsletter of Sioux Falls Seminary in Sioux Falls, SD.