Seniors

Matthew Behmer

E-Mail: matthew.behmer@blc.edu

Graduation Date: 2016

Brief Biography: Matthew Behmer was born in 1990 to Mark and Linda Behmer. He has three younger siblings. He graduated from West Lutheran High School in Plymouth, MN and from Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN. Matt married Elizabeth Boche on July 14, 2012.  Matt and Beth have a passion for mission work and cross cultural ministry. They have been involved with missions in Mexico, Peru, Dominican Republic, and the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Matt currently works for Bethany Lutheran College and Beth is an anatomy instructor 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. He attended Michigan Lutheran High School in St. Joseph, Michigan, and became interested in video production. This led him to Bethany Lutheran College with a goal to graduate with a degree in communication, but thanks to great faculty at the college, he decided to add a Masters of Divinity onto his education goals.  After Hebrew was dropped at the college, he had to attend Martin Luther College concurrently to complete his pre-seminary requirements, and also had to take time off before returning to Seminary for classes to line up.  But while at MLC he met his, now wife, Carla Hendrix (Carmichael), and in the meantime between college and seminary, Jeff attended Ball State University and graduated with a Masters of Arts in Telecommunications/Digital Storytelling.  Jeff currently is working on a number of digital ventures to assist churches and pastors, works as the Digital Media Director for Radio Mankato, serves on a few city committees, and is the Superintendent for the ELS camp in Michigan, Camp Lor-Ray.

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 and received his higher education from Bethany Lutheran College. While there, he pursued interests in acting, singing in the concert choir, and serving as a campus residential assistant. Josh graduated from Bethany in the spring of 2011 with a major in the Liberal Arts and a minor in Sociology. On June 21st 2014, Josh was united in marriage to Jonnica Norell, a 2012 Bethany Lutheran graduate, who is currently teaching 2nd grade at Sibley East Public Schools in Arlington MN. They both enjoy spending evenings together cooking in their St. Peter apartment. 

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. 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 Katie 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. Recently they had a baby girl on the 18th of December and named her Adrianna LeAnn Ruiz. Daniel is now finishing up his senior year of seminary and awaits the exciting future.

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 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. Above all he hopes to serve God and others in whatever he does in life.