June 8, 2015
On June 30, I officially retire as Academic Vice President and Dean and Professor of Homiletics and Christian Ministry at our seminary. While I have been here, I have sought to use my gifts of teaching and administration to help our students prepare well for the world of ministry as pastors, counselors, and Christian professionals of every kind. For me and for my family, it has been a great thirteen years!
Since May, we have been talking about 1 Peter 4:10: “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” As I reflect upon the verse and look around at my colleagues in this ministry, I am more convinced than ever that Sioux Falls Seminary fills a vital, God-given place in the economy of God’s work.
The men and women who serve at Sioux Falls Seminary are wonderful servants of God who each do their part every day to make sure our students are developed for service in the kingdom. They keep on doing this year after year, as good stewards of God’s grace. And under the dynamic leadership of our new President Greg Henson, the seminary is poised to thrive in the years ahead!
My last year at the seminary has been wonderful. God is doing exciting things in and through the seminary, its students, and its alumni. As my service concludes, I ask you to consider joining me as I support the kingdom mission of the seminary. Whether you join us through prayer, by encouragement of students or potential students, or by generously sharing financial resources that God has entrusted to you, you are sure to see how God has been working through us to develop servants for their participation in his kingdom.
When you come alongside us as we serve, you join us in God’s work and show your support of my colleagues. As we journey together, we help ensure that future generations of students have the opportunity to learn and to use their God-given gifts and abilities to serve the Kingdom of God.
“And now unto him who is able by God’s power at work in us to do immeasurably more, beyond all that we can ask or think, to him be glory in the church, and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen!”