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Congratulations, Class of 2011!

class of 2011
Congratulations to the class of 2011! Our graduates are now on their way to ministries across the nation. We will miss them, and we wish them Godspeed. 
Certificate of Advanced Theological Studies


Flesher, NelsNels Benjamin Flesher

Southwestern Washington Synod

BA, 2006, Pacific Lutheran University

MDiv, 2010, Yale Divinity School










Hillesland, IvarIvar David Hillesland

Southwest California Synod

BA, 2002, Pacific Lutheran University

MDiv, 2010, Yale Divinity School

Certificate of Affiliation with Theological Education
for Emerging Ministries

Hall, Ashley
The Rev. H. Ashley Hall

Nebraska Synod

BA, 1997, University of St. Thomas

MA, 2002, Fordham University

PhD, 2009, Fordham University

Serving: Kountze Memorial Church, Omaha, NE


Panahon, MarcosMarcos Panahon
, Jr.

Southwest California Synod

BA, 1997, Great Shepherd Baptist Bible College and Seminary

Serving: Eagle Rock Lutheran Church, Los Angeles, CA



Torgerson, Jill
Jill A. Torgerson

Northwestern Minnesota Synod

BS, 1989, Bemidji State University

AIM, 2005, Trinity Seminary

Serving: Gonvick Lutheran Parish, Gonvick, MN


Certificate of Theological Education
for Emerging Ministries

Allred, Mark
The Rev. Mark Daniel Allred

Alaska Synod

BA, 2002, Alaska Pacific Univeristy

Serving: Alaska Native Lutheran Church, Anchorage, AK












Beaman, TempieTempie D. Beaman

Southwest California Synod

BS, 1969, Pace College

MS, 1973, Brooklyn College, CUNY

Diaconal Project: New City Parish Emergency Preparedness

Advisor: Dr. Carol R. Jacobson







Berg, Bruce
The Rev. Bruce D. Berg

Southwestern Minnesota Synod

AA, 1993, St. Leo College

BS, 2001, University of Maryland

Serving: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Lake Wilson, MN









Caranicas, BobJohn Robert Caranicas

Eastern North Dakota Synod

BA, 1989, Minot State University

Serving: Prairie Rivers Parish, Wyndmere, ND










Clark-Moore, Jim
James E. Clark-Moore

Sierra Pacific Synod

Serving: Hope Lutheran Church, Santa Clara, CA











DinssaThe Rev. Tsena Dinssa

Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod

Diploma of Agriculture, 1988, Jimma Jr. College of Agriculture

BS, 1993, Alemaya University of Agriculture

Serving: The Dallas Oromo Evangelical Lutheran Church, Richardson, TX




Dutta, Dinah
Dinah Dutta

Central States Synod

BS, 1979, St. Theresa's College

MS, 1982, St. John's College

MPhil, 1983, Agra University

PhD, 1990, North Eastern Hill University

Serving: St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Atchison, KS







Hershey, MargieThe Rev. Margie Hershey

South Dakota Synod

Serving: Prairie Fellowship Parish, Bison, SD












Michaels, Sheila
The Rev. Sheila M. Michaels

Northwestern Minnesota Synod

BA, 2002, Excelsior College

MA, 2004, California State University

Serving: Bethlehem/Nazareth Lutheran Church, Newfolden, MN









Nelson, LowellThe Rev. Lowell D. Nelson

Nebraska Synod

BA, 1979, Augustana College

M.BA, 1987, University of Arizona

MSW., 1993, Arizona State University

Serving: Bethany Lutheran Church, Elkhorn, NV






The Rev. Bonnie G. Novak

Montana Synod


Nyberg, Marilyn
Marilyn Nyberg

Eastern North Dakota Synod

BA, 1975, Concordia College-Moorehead

MA, 1994, University of North Dakota

Serving: Turtle River Ministry, Larimore, ND






Pohl, SheilaSheila R. Pearson Pohl

South Dakota Synod

Serving: Bergen/Calvary Lutheran Church, Lidger/Hankinson, ND













Schweitzer, Craig
The Rev. Craig A. Schweitzer

Western North Dakota Synod

BS, 1993, University of Mary

Serving: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Bismarck, ND










Son, Hang-Mo
The Rev. Hang Mo Son

Southwestern Washington Synod

BA, 1989, Sungkyul University

MDiv, 1994, Pacific Seminary

Serving: Light of Grace Korean Lutheran Mission, Federal Way, WA









The Rev. Rose Wood Trenbeath

Western North Dakota Synod

BA, 1975, University of North Dakota

Serving: Horizon Parish, Flasher, ND



Zarate, JuanJuan Ramon Zarate

Pacifica Synod

Serving: First Lutheran Church, Vista, CA

Master of Theological Studies

Larson, MichaelMichael David Larson

Southwestern Minnesota Synod

BA, 2009, Concordia College-Moorehead

Project: "One thing leads to another": An Exploration of

Local Theology in Emerging Church and Music

Coordinator: Dr. Michael B. Aune







Tatum, CynthiaCynthia Kaye Tatum-Baldwin

Southwest California Synod

AA, 1997, Los Angeles Trade Tech Community College

BA, 2001, California State University of Long Beach

Project: A Discovery of the Deaconesses and Diaconal
of the ELCA

Coordinator: Dr. Jane E. Strohl





Tinnin, CaseyCasey Brian Tinnin

Sierra Pacific Synod

BA, 2009, Trinity Lutheran College

Project: Coming Out as a Spiritual Practice

Coordinator: Dr. Jane E. Strohl

Master of Divinity
Ayres, Ellen
Ellen Haener Ayres

Southwest California Synod
BA, 1969, University of Southern California
JD, 1972, UCLA
Internship: Hope Lutheran Church/
St. John's Episcopal Mission, Walker/Onigum, MN
Baumann, LuanaKristin Luana Baumann
Sierra Pacific Synod
MA, 2006, Freie Universität
Internship: St. Paul Lutheran Church/ Lutheran Ministry to Nursing Homes, Oakland, CA













Baumann, Olaf
Olaf Baumann

Sierra Pacific Synod
MFA, 1998, Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst "Mozarteum"
Internship: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Concord, CA










Berlien, Jacqui
Jacqueline R. Berlien

Northwest Washington Synod
BA, 1977, Seattle Pacific University
Internship: Bethesda Lutheran Church/Edmonds Lutheran Church, Mountlake Terrace/Edmonds, WA
Hansen Bonaro, Anna
Anna Christine Hansen Bonaro

Southeastern Iowa Synod
BA, 2004, Luther College
Internship: St. Paul Lutheran Church/ Fruitvale Care Center and Oakland Springs Nursing Home,
Oakland, CA
Brown, JesseJesse Matthew Brown
Montana Synod
AH, 2001, Sheridan County Community College
BS, 2004, Colorado State University
Internship: Black Forest Lutheran Church, Colorado Springs, CO; Lackland Airforce Base, Joint Air Base San Antonio, San Antonio, TX




Carroll, Cindy
Cindy G. Carroll

Sierra Pacific Synod
BA, 1995, Western Washington University
MA, 2000, Western Washington University
Internship: St. John's Lutheran Church, Sacramento, CA








Colahan, Ben
Benjamin F. C. Colahan

Oregon Synod
BA, 2007, Reed College
Internship: Desert Cross Lutheran Church, Tempe, AZ
Betsy Dreier
Southeastern Minnesota Synod
BA, 2003, Luther College
Internship: North Dakota State University/
Elim Lutheran Church, Fargo, ND
Gregory Ennis
Sierra Pacific Synod
BA, 2003, Hamilton College
Holmquist, Cara
Caralyn Holmquist

Montana Synod
BA, 2005, University of Montana-Western
Internship: Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Rochester, MN
johnson, KarenKaren Weddle Johnson
Sierra Pacific Synod
BS, 1981, Colorado State University
MS, 1983, University of California-Berkeley
Internship: Cross and Crown Lutheran Church, Rohnert Park, CA










Lucas Daniel Johnson
Western Iowa Synod
BS, 2003, United States Merchant Marine Academy
Kitzing, Lori
Lori E. L. Kitzing

New Jersey Synod
BA, BA, 2007, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Internship: Lutheran Student Center at UNL/
Sheridan Lutheran Church, Lincoln, NE
Langholz, BeckyRebecca Langholz
Sierra Pacific Synod
BA, 2004, Boston College
Internship: Augustana Lutheran Church, St. James, MN
 monroe, carlton

Carlton Monroe

Northeastern Ohio Synod
Internship: Evergreen Lutheran Church, Evergreen, CO
Pearson, SaraSara Pearson
Nebraska Synod
BA, 2002, Midland Lutheran College
Internship: Prince of Peace/St. Luke's Lutheran Church,
Saratoga/Sunnyvale, CA
  Santrizos, Martha
Martha Santrizos

Southwest California Synod
Diaconal Site: Christ Lutheran Church, Goleta, CA
Project: Evangelism Listening Campaign
Coordinator: Dr. Carol R. Jacobson










Worzala Dumke, JohnJohn A. Worzala Dumke
East-Central Synod of Wisconsin
BA, 2004, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Internship: Cross and Crown Lutheran Church, Rohnert Park, CA
Master of Arts


Kinnon Andrew Falk
BA, 2005, University of Texas-Austin
MDiv, 2010, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
Thesis: A Politics of Moral Engagement:
A Teleological Offering to the Communitarian-Liberal Debate
Coordinator: Dr. Alicia Vargas
flood, derekDerek Flood
BFA, 1991, University of Illinois
Thesis: The Rebel God: Understanding the Cross
and the Radical Love of God
Coordinator: Dr. Ted Peters
The Rev. Carolyn R. Lesmeister
BA, 2002, Valparaiso University
MDiv, 2008, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
Thesis: Hungering for the Lord:
Eroticism, the Eucharist, and Sexual Ethics
Coordinator: Dr. Martha E. Stortz
The Rev. Bosco Ponthokkan, SDB
Thesis: Burn On, Don't Burn Out!  
A Study in Practical Theology on Burnout Among Clergy
Coordinator: Dr. Herbert Anderson