Seniors

Paul Lange

E-Mail: paul.lange@blc.edu

Graduation Date: 2015

Brief Biography: Paul was born in 1965 in Edgerton, Wisconsin. His parents are Prof. Lyle and Carol Lange of New Ulm, Minnesota. He was baptized at Grace Lutheran in Madison, Wisconsin and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran in New Ulm, Minnesota. He graduated from Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School in 1984. He attended Dr. Martin Luther College and graduated in 1988. He married Becky Zunker that same year. Paul and Becky taught in Lutheran elementary schools in Milwaukee, Neillsville, and Burlington, Wisconsin until 2009, when Paul returned to college to pursue studies for the pastoral ministry. Paul and Becky have four children.

Michael Lilienthal

E-Mail: michael.lilienthal@blc.edu

Graduation Date: 2015

Brief Biography: Michael Lilienthal was born to Gene and Cynthia Lilienthal in 1989. His father’s first call was to Luverne, Minnesota, the second to Brownsburg, Indiana. Through high school Michael was involved in cross country and Academic Decathlon. In 2007 Michael enrolled at Bethany Lutheran College where he studied English and Theatre, appearing in Romeo and Juliet, Tartuffe, Child of Grace, and Oh, Kay! At Bethany he met Sarah Doepel, and they were married in 2010. Upon graduation in 2011, Michael enrolled at Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary. After his first year, he served a summer vicarage at two churches in Michigan. He returns to the seminary for his Middler year.

Michael Willitz

E-Mail: michael.willitz@blc.edu

Graduation Date: 2013 (December)

Brief Biography: Michael David Willitz was born on December 13, 1986 in Milwaukee, WI. He is the third of seven children of Rev. Joel and Dawn Willitz. Michael graduated from George W. Jenkins Senior High School in Lakeland, FL in May 2005 and enrolled at Bethany Lutheran College that fall. He graduated from Bethany in 2008 with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Liberal Arts. In August, 2008, Michael traveled to WenLing, China, where he taught English for one year. He returned to Mankato, MN and has been a student of Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary since the fall of 2009. During his seminary studies he served his Vicarage at Christ Lutheran Church, Sutherlin, Oregon.