Date published: July 11, 2011
T wenty-eight graduates were honored at the AMBS commencement service on May 21, 2011. They received the following degrees:
MDiv Master of Divinity
MAPS Master of Arts: Peace Studies
MATS Master of Arts:Theological Studies
MACF Master of Arts in Christian Formation
Fridbert August MDiv with concentration in pastoral care and counseling. Pastor of IEMAV (Igreja Evangélica Menonita Água Verde) in Curitiba, Brazil. Fridbert and Monica Heinrichs August, his wife, are the parents of two children.
Amanda Beachy MDiv. Will join the pastoral team at Washington Mennonite Church, Washington, Iowa. Currently she is a member of Kalona (Iowa) Mennonite Church, and her parents are Merle and Marlinda Beachy of Kalona.
Alicia Buhler MDiv with a concentration in pastoral care and counseling. Will complete an advanced practicum in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling and foundational training and a practicum in Gestalt Pastoral Care before moving back to Canada to pursue an assignment in spiritual care. Alicia is a member of Pineridge Fellowship Chapel, Hudson Bay, Sask., a congregation in the Evangelical Mennonite Conference. Her parents are Fred and Irene Buhler of Hudson Bay.
Raymond Epp MAPS. Director of Menno Village Naganuma in Hokkaido, Japan, and instructor at Rakuno Gakuen University. Ray and Akiko Aratani, his wife, are Mission Associates with Mennonite Mission Network. They have four children. He is a member of Bethesda Mennonite Church, Henderson, Neb.
Anton Froese MDiv. Pastor of Tres Palmas Evangelical Mennonite Church in Paraguay. Tony and Marisa, his wife, have three children. His parents are Peter and Nety Froese of Steinbach, Man.
Virginia Gerbrandt MDiv. Pursuing a pastoral ministry assignment. Virginia is a member of North Leamington United Mennonite Church, Leaming-ton, Ont. Her parents are Esther and Gerald Gerbrandt of Winnipeg, Man. She also is the granddaughter of an AMBS graduate, Henry Gerbrandt.
Jonathan Gerig Meyer MATS in theology and ethics. Jonny is adjunct professor of philosophy at Goshen College, Goshen, md., and he works with OddBird, a web development firm. In the future he anticipates doctoral studies in ethics. He is married to Hannah Gerig Meyer and is a member of Benton Mennonite Church, Goshen, md. He is the son of Rich Meyer and Brenda Hostetler Meyer, a graduate of LAMBS, and the grandson of Marian and Darrell Hostetler, also an LAMBS graduate.
Sandra Groeltz MDiv with a concentration in pastoral care and counseling. Pursuing a Clinical Pastoral Education placement for 2011-2012. Sandie attends Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Elkhart. She has one daughter.
Scott Janzen MDiv with a concentration in theological studies. Exploring opportunities to serve in higher education. He is married to Christa Janzen is a member of Bethesda Mennonite Church, Henderson, Neb.
Christine Kampen MACF with a concentration in Christian spirituality. Christine is a half-time pastor of Highland Community (MB) Church in Abbotsford, B.C. She is the daughter of John and Betty Kampen of Abbotsford.
Christine Holsopple Kauffman MACF with a concentration in Christian spirituality. Will work in the area of spiritual direction and explore assignments involving health and ministry She is married to Jeff Kauffman and they have two sons. She is a member of East Goshen (md.) Mennonite Church.
Justin King MATS with a concentration in biblical studies. Justin is a member of Zion Mennonite Church, Archbold, Ohio. His parents are James and Darlene King of Archbold.
Ryan Lumley MATS with a concentration in biblical studies. Ryan is a member of Church of Faith in God, and his parents are Scott Lumley and Annette Robertson of Charlotte, Mich.
Carrie Martens MDiv. Has been invited to co-teach the LAMBS course Human Development and Christian Formation and will volunteer at Belmont Mennonite Church in the area of Christian formation. In December Carrie will return to Canada to pursue a pastoral ministry placement. Carrie is a member of Bergthaler Mennonite Church of Altona, Man. Her parents are Rudy and Edna Martens of Altona.
Rosanna McFadden MDiv. Serves parttime as a member of the pastoral team at Creekside Church of the Brethren in Elkhart, md. She is married to Tim McFadden and they have three children.
Beth Miller MDiv with a concentration in pastoral care and counseling. Will complete an extended program of Clinical Pastoral Education at Genesis Hospital in Davenport, Iowa. Beth and Marcus Miller, her husband, have two adult children. She is a member of Kalona Mennonite Church, Kalona, Iowa.
Sun Ju Moon MDiv with concentration biblical studies Sun Ju will participate in Dong San Korean Methodist as youth pastor for one year. She and Dong Ju Park, her husband, have two daughters. Her parents are Chang Yong Moon and Eun Sook Shin of Wonju, Kangwon in South Korea.
Rachel Nolt MDiv. Rachel is married to Steven Nolt and they have two daughters. She is a member of Eighth Street Mennonite Church, Goshen, Ind
Matthew Pflederer MDiv. Pursuing a ministry assignment. He is a member of Faith Mennonite Church, Goshen Ind. His parents are Robert and Lorraine Pflederer of Goshen.
Nathan Ramer MDiv. Will serve as pastor of Wellman Mennonite Church, Wellman, Iowa. Nathan is married to Erin Ramer and he is a member of Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church, Harper, Kan.
Jeffrey Reese MACF with a concentration in Christian spirituality. Will continue as pastor of Hope United Methodist Church of Edwardsburg, Mich., a position he has had for 18 years. Jeffrey and Carin, his wife, have two children.
Miles Reimer MDiv. Will continue as associate pastor of First Mennonite Church of Hutchinson, Kan. He is married to Kathy Landis and is the son of Marie and Peter Reimer of Winnipeg, Man.
J Andre Shenk MDiv with a concentration in theological studies. Exploring work for a variety of non-profit organizations. Andre is a member of Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster, Lancaster, Pa., and his parents are Juanita and Jonathan Barter of Branchport, N.Y.; and Elvin and Jonelle Shenk of Lancaster.
Jeremy Shue MDiv with concentration in mission and evangelism. Serves part-time as Minister of Outreach at Silverwood Mennonite Church, Goshen, Ind., and is pursuing opportunities that will combine business and ministry. He is married to Laura Shue.
Sarah Thompson MDiv. Will do a summer internship with Pace e Bene through the Beatitudes Society and in August will begin a Mennonite Central Committee assignment in East Jerusalem, Israel/Palestine, working with Sabeel, a Palestinian Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center as a research assistant. Sarah is a member of Prairie Street Mennonite Church, Elkhart, Ind., and her parents are George and Karen Thompson of Auburn Hills, Mich.
Mark Tiessen-Dyck MDiv. Mark is married to Melissa Tiessen-Dyck and is a member of Home Street Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, Man. His parents are Esther and Dan Epp-Tiessen of Winnipeg.
Jim Tormey MDiv. Will be pastor of Seminary United Methodist Church, Roanoke, Ind. Jim is married to Kathy Tormey and they have three children. He is a member of Goshen First United Methodist Church, Goshen, Ind.
Joshua Weaver MATS in theology and ethics. Will continue as a research consultant with Fourth Freedom Forum in Goshen, Ind. Josh is married to Julia Gingrich. Previously he was a member of First Mennonite Church in Bluffton, and now is a member of Prairie Street Mennonite Church, Elkhart.