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Cody Anderson was born to Keith and Lisa (Homann) Anderson in Colfax, Wisconsin. He attended St. Paul Lutheran School in Bloomer, Wisconsin from kindergarten to eight grade. After attending the Bloomer High he graduated and first pursued a career as a Game Warden/Park Ranger at UW-Stevens Point. With the help of the campus ministries there, he then transferred to Martin Luther College in New Ulm. He graduated from there in 3 years with a BS in Educational Studies and a minor in classical languages in the summer of 2018. He is looking forward to planning his wedding for next year with his fiancée Taylor Thur who is a Junior at UW-Stevens Point. His hobbies include being an avid hunter and fisherman and cannot wait to be a called worker like his grandmother who recently passed away, Hildegard (Kunkel) Homann, class of ’61 at Concordia University Chicago.
Caleb Helmen was born to Tim and Lori Helmen and was raised in Minneapolis. He was homeschooled throughout his childhood. During high school, he enrolled in PSEO courses through the University of Northwestern-St. Paul, Concordia University-St.Paul, and North Central University. He enrolled at Bethany Lutheran College in the Fall of 2015 and graduated with a B.A. in Sociology as well as minors in both Communication and Philosophy. While at Bethany, he was active on the Speech Team as a debater, as well as being involved with choir, theater and Student Senate. He enrolled at BLTS in 2019. He enjoys road trips, baseball, and visiting with family and friends.
Max Kerr was born to Max and Darlene Kerr and raised in Tucson, AZ. He went to public elementary and high school. He graduated from Flowing Wells High School in 2011 and attended the University of Arizona for two years and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts for one semester. Max diligently studied violin performance. Max had a change of heart and decided to enter the public ministry in 2014. He moved to New Ulm, MN and attended Martin Luther College from 2014-2019. There he rigorously studied German, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, history, philosophy, and theology. Max met his wife Danica in 2016. They were married in summer of 2017. Danica graduated from MLC and went on to get her Master’s in Mathematics Education from Western Governor’s University. Danica is currently teaching upper level math at Lakes International Language Academy. She enjoys playing the piano for church. The Lord has blessed the couple with a daughter: Aurelia Grace Kerr, born on July 8, 2019. Together they live in Saint Paul, MN. They enjoy walking, hiking, music, and seeing all that Saint Paul has to offer. They also enjoy serving at their church together and getting to know other people.
Paul Agenten was born to Douglas and Gloria Agenten and raised in rural Goodhue, Minnesota. He attended St. Johns Lutheran Grade School, Goodhue Public High School, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minnesota in May of 2003. At Bethany College, Paul studied music, social science, and business while remaining actively engaged in concert band, choir, and student senate. Paul was selected to be a resident assistant for two years and was also a tour guide for incoming students. After graduation he relocated to Bozeman, Montana where he lived for twelve years and was employed there by Wells Fargo Bank, Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, and eventually Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway company for nine years as a parts and equipment technical representative. In 2016, Paul moved his wife Courtney and daughter Hallie back to Bethany Lutheran College to prepare for 2018 entry into Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary. Currently, Paul is a middler at BLTS, and he and his wife are Resident Hall Managers for Edgewood Place on the Bethany College Campus. Paul is currently working in the position of librarian at the seminary. Outside of work and the seminary, Paul is an avid runner and cyclist, but also enjoys swimming, rollerblading, and cross-country skiing in the winter. Paul immensely enjoys the blessings of being a husband and father. The Lord has blessed Paul and Courtney with two beautiful daughters, Hallie (4) and Havana (1).
Colin Anderson was born to Thomas and Katherine Anderson and raised in Faribault, Minnesota. He attended Faribault High School, Bethany Lutheran College, Minnesota State University Mankato, and Martin Luther College. He studied Special Education and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education in May 2014. At Bethany he was active in choir and golf and various intramurals. After graduating college he was a Special Education teacher for two years in the Mankato Public School District. He was also a basketball coach at Mankato East High School for three years. He enrolled at Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary in 2018. Currently he works as the Resident Hall Coordinator of Gullixson Hall at Bethany Lutheran College. He also works part-time as a bartender at a local restaurant in Mankato. Outside of study and work he spends time with his family in Faribault and also enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing, exercising and other outdoor activities.
Peter S. Bockoven was born to Peter M. and Christine A. Bockoven in Winchester, Massachusetts. When he was six years old his family moved to Sahuarita, Arizona. When he was sixteen, he transferred from public high school to Luther Preparatory School in Watertown, Wisconsin. Upon graduation he attended college at Bethany Lutheran College, graduating with a degree in history/philosophy in May 2018. At Bethany he enjoyed studying languages, playing the organ, singing in the choir, and working various on-campus jobs. He began studies at Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary in August 2018. He is married to his wife Katie (Farquhar). Katie is a recent nursing graduate of Bethany Lutheran College, currently employed at Mayo Clinic in Mankato as a nurse. Peter and Katie have a daughter, Adeline Esther, who was born in May 2018. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and exercising.
Abraham Faugstad was born to Dan and Julie (Sorenson) Faugstad and raised in Belview, Minnesota. He was homeschooled until eighth grade and then attended E.C.H.O. Charter School and Southwest Minnesota State University before starting at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minnesota. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry and a minor in Mathematics in May 2017. At Bethany Lutheran College, he was involved with Student Senate, Bethany’s Organization of Student Scientists, choir, chamber orchestra, theater, intramural sports, and playing guitar and organ. He enrolled at Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary in 2018. Currently he works at Kato Cable in the Engineering department. Outside of his studying and work he enjoys physical exercise, music, and spending time with his family and wife, Elise.
Nicholas Lilienthal was born to Rev. Gene and Cynthia Lilienthal in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He grew up in Luverne, Minnesota and Brownsburg, Indiana, attending Brownsburg High School before entering into Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minnesota in the fall of 2011. He studied theatre and graduated in May of 2015. At Bethany, he was heavily involved in the theatre program, as well as the choir. After graduating from Bethany Lutheran College, he worked as an assistant manager in a tuxedo rental shop, a night stocker, a daytime stockman, and an assistant manager at a Dollar Tree. In the fall of 2016, he returned to Bethany to take Biblical Hebrew and Ancient Greek, and enrolled at Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary in the fall of 2018. At present, he works at the Barnes and Noble Café when he is not studying in the seminary. Outside of class and work he spends his time reading and occasionally writing.
Adam Brasich was raised in Madison, Wisconsin, and was confirmed at Resurrection Lutheran Church (WELS) in nearby Verona. He graduated from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, where he majored in religion and minored in political science and Ancient Greek. He continued his education at Florida State University, where he earned a M.A. and Ph.D. in American religious history. Adam enrolled at Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary in 2017 and is excited to train for the public ministry. When not studying or working, Adam enjoys singing, hiking, and visiting with his family and friends in Tennessee, Indiana, and Utah.
David Choi was born and raised in north- eastern China, specifically in the Jilin province which shares a border with North Korea. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Communication from JiMei University, which is located in the southeastern part of China. He returned to Chang Chun City in his home province to study for his master’s degree, which he finished in 2013. After working for two years at a telecom company, he went to South Korea and became involved with Seoul Lutheran Church. The pastor there, the Rev. Young Ha Kim, encouraged him to pursue his interest in becoming a Lutheran pastor. He took classes at Asia Lutheran Seminary in Hong Kong before moving to America and enrolling at Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary in September 2016.
Roger Emmons Jr. was born to Roger Emmons Sr. and Kay Emmons in Winona Minnesota. He attended Onalaska Luther High School, he graduated Winona State University with an Associates of Arts in June 1993, Troy State University with a Bachelors of Applied Science in Human Resource Management in December 2004, and Martin Luther College with a Seminary Certificate in May 2017. He is a retired infantryman of the United States Army. His military service was with the Minnesota National Guard from Nov 1984 to Jul 1993 and on active duty from July 1993 to February 2014. He is married to Tammi (Allison)Emmons of Peoria Illinois; they enjoy traveling to visit their five children Cassandra Emmons (Trempealeau, Wisconsin), Stephanie Simmons (Flora, Illinois), Cale Emmons (San Antonio, Texas), Taylor Emmons (Fort Polk, Louisiana), Destini Ott (Tucson, Arizona), and their seven grandchildren.
Samuel Johnson was born to Dan and Emily Johnson and grew up in rural Nicollet, Minnesota. He was homeschooled through high school and then attended Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minnesota. He majored in Music with an emphasis in piano performance, graduating in Spring 2016. At Bethany he was in concert choir, gave two piano recitals, and played in the honor recitals held each semester. He enrolled at Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary in 2017. Presently he teaches piano lessons and plays for seminary chapel. His family includes his wife, Elisa, and their daughter, Tovah. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing piano, reading, and camping.
Sean Scheele was born in Southern California but moved around a lot throughout his life. He also grew up in Michigan and Arizona. He attended California Baptist University where he studied theology and served on several missions teams. After Graduation he moved to the Middle East to teach ESL and when he returned back to the States he attended Phoenix Seminary. During his second year there he became a Lutheran and started attending Redeemer Lutheran Church in Scottsdale, AZ. He finished his M.A. in religious studies and moved to Mankato in May of 2016 to finish his language studies. He likes to woodwork and enjoys time with his wife and three children.
Jacob Kempfert was born in Water- town, WI to Lowell and Carol Kempfert. He attended Fox Valley Lutheran High School in Appleton, WI, where he was involved with band, choir, drama, and speech. He also started a support group for students struggling with depression and mental illness. He attended Bethany Lutheran College from 2003-2007, eventually graduating with a BA in English. He was active in the theatre and creative writing communities at Bethany, and served as an editor for the Inkwell literary magazine. At Bethany he met Anna Basel, and the two were married in 2011. He received an MA degree in literature and creative writing from the University of Maine in 2012. After graduate school, he and Anna taught English in South Korea for three years. Anna currently is a graduate student and teaching assistant in the English department at Minnesota State University – Mankato. Jacob’s older brother Ben is a WELS pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Oronoco, MN, and his younger sister Zabet is an honors student and former squirrel colony intern at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.
Ethan Urtel is the son of Gene and Jill Urtel, born July 1994. Raised in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, he was homeschooled through high school. In his high school years he attended Youth Educated At Home Academy, and participated in PSEO classes there. He thoroughly enjoyed his four years at Bethany Lutheran College, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and minor in Religion in 2016. Highlights for him were choir, choraliers, and any opportunity to sing, from chapel to choir tour. He also spent time serving at the cafeteria, and hopes to do more serving through training at Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary to share the good news of Jesus Christ to others.
Karim Yaghleji was born to Fawzi and Amira on February 5, 1984 in Hassaka, Syria. He moved to Aleppo when he was 12 years old. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in English literature and a Master’s degree in Linguistics from Aleppo University, Syria. He taught English as a second language and English for specific purposes at Aleppo University for over 4 years. He was the head of the English department at United Nations, Syria before he moved to United States at the end of 2012. His parents and only sister, Antoinette, are still in Aleppo, Syria. Karim graduated from Martin Luther College with a seminary certificate and enrolled in Bethany Lutheran Seminary. He currently works for Multi-Language Publications as a translator, translating books and movies from English into Arabic for Arabic speakers. Karim was united in marriage with Anna Yaghleji. They are blessed with a little girl last July and called her “Amira Jade” after his mother’s name.