Matthew Behmer

E-Mail: matthew.behmer@blc.edu

Graduation Date: 2016

Brief Biography: Matthew (Matt) Behmer was born in 1990 to Mark and Linda Behmer. He was the first of four children. He graduated from West Lutheran High School, Plymouth Minnesota in 2008 and from Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato Minnesota in 2012 with a degree in sociology. During his undergraduate years he had he opportunity to live and conduct ethnographic research among the White Mountain Apache Tribe in Eastern Arizona and teach in Lima, Peru. Matt married Elizabeth Boche on July 14,, 2012. Elizabeth is a graduate student at Minnesota State University. Matt is very thankful for the opportunity to study at Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary.

Jeff Hendrix

E-Mail: jhendirx@blc.edu

Graduation Date: 2016

Brief Biography: Jeff is the son of James and Jackie Hendrix. He was born and baptized the same day, being roughly two months premature. He attended Michigan Lutheran High School in St. Joseph, Michigan, and became interested in video production. This led him to Bethany Lutheran College for communication. While there he attended Martin Luther College part time to complete his Hebrew requirements for seminary. He graduated in 2010 from Bethany with a Communication degree. Two years later he graduated in May of 2012 with a Master of Arts degree in Telecommunications/Digital Storytelling from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Jeff currently works as the Social Media Director at Radio Mankato, and serves as the Youth Committee Chair and Director for Camp Lor-Ray (ELS & WELS Camp) in Twin Lake, Michigan.

Josh Mayer

E-Mail: jmayer@blc.edu

Graduation Date: 2016

Brief Biography: Josh Mayer was born in Bellevue, Nebraska, to parents Ken and Patty Mayer. He attended high school at Nebraska Lutheran in the town of Waco, and there pursued interests in speech, theater, choir, and track. He went on to continue his education at Bethany Lutheran College were he divided his time between acting on the Bethany stage, singing in the concert choir, and serving the campus as an Residential Assistant. Josh graduated from Bethany in the spring of 2011 with a major in the Liberal Arts and a minor in Sociology. He is currently living in Mankato, and when he’s not either at school or at work he enjoys spending time on his girlfriend’s farm in Norseland.

Daniel Ruiz

E-Mail: daniel.ruiz@blc.edu

Graduation Date: 2016

Brief Biography: Daniel Ruiz was born October 11 in Naples, Florida. His congregation in Naples was Our Savior Lutheran Church. He grew up there until the age of 18 and graduated from Gulf Coast High School where he was in marching band and swimming. He went to Bethany Lutheran College and studied Sociology under Dr. William Kessel and received a minor for Religion and Theology. He also met his future wife there. He graduated in May of 2012 and soon after he married Katie M. Anderson. He and Katie both now live in Mankato still where Daniel continues with his studies at Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary. Katie teaches in Gibbon, Minnesota, grades K-4.

Andrew Soule

E-Mail: andrew.soule@blc.edu

Graduation Date: 2016

Brief Biography: Andrew Soule was born to Erik and Lori Soule in Princeton, Minnesota. He attended high school in Princeton. Soon after, he attended Bethany Lutheran College, and graduated with a B.A. in History. At Bethany Andrew was active in choir, student senate, as well as being a member of the history research advisory committee. He did my research on the history of Norwegian-American worship (hymnody and liturgy) from the nineteenth century up to the present. Andrew has always had a passion for history, as well as music. In general, he loves all studies that deal with people, the arts and humanities.