LBS 2017 Graduates

L to R: Dr. David Veum, Dr. Gaylan Mathiesen, Jordan Herrick, Kristian Anderson, Christopher Hartley, Daniel Stenberg, Ben Bigaouette, Alan Johnson, Kevin Clinton, Dr. Brad Pribbenow, Dr. Eugene Boe, and Professor Nathan Oldenkamp.

KRISTIAN ANDERSON:

Kristian grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He moved to Sayville, NY during his junior year of high school and graduated from Sayville High School. He went on to study History and Political Science at Wagner College, and then Biblical Theology and Youth Ministry at Nyack College. He came to faith in Christ in his early twenties at 59th Street Lutheran Brethren Church in Brooklyn, where he later became the Pastor for Youth.

While at 59th Street, he and his wife Mary felt a call to consider church planting, so they moved to Fergus Falls, Minnesota to attend Lutheran Brethren Seminary. During his time at seminary Kristian took the position of Lead Pastor at Living Faith Church.

After his graduation from LBS with a Master of Divinity, Kristian transitioned to Moorhead, Minnesota where he began a new position at Triumph Lutheran Brethren Church as the East Campus Congregational Life Pastor.

BEN BIGAOUETTE:

Ben Bigaouette grew up outside of Henderson, Minnesota. He graduated from Belle Plaine High School in 2007 and earned a B.A. in Social Science Education, with minors in History and Coaching, from North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota. After graduating in 2011, Ben worked three years as a social studies teacher and basketball coach at Maranatha Christian Academy in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.

Although Ben did not intend to become a pastor, God’s call on his life had been setting up this reality for some time. Ben was involved in several teaching ministries in his local church growing up, spent four summers working at Inspiration Point Bible Camp, and was a youth intern at Triumph LBC, Moorhead, Minnesota. He graduates LBS with a Master of Divinity.

Ben is married to Jenilee and they have two children: Luke (2) and Madison (4 months). They live in Bloomington, Minnesota where Ben serves as Associate Pastor at Oak Hill Church.

KEVIN CLINTON:

Kevin Clinton grew up in Rancho Cucamonga, California attending Victoria Community Church. He graduated from Etiwanda High School, and earned a B.S. in Philosophy from Ball State University in Indiana. Returning to California, Kevin worked and volunteered at V.C.C. for years.

Following in faith, Kevin attended LBS in the fall of 2015 and wrestled with the call God placed on him while working full-time and going to school full-time. In his second year, Kevin was confirmed in his call when he was able to work at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy as a cook in the kitchen and volunteer with the youth group of Messiah Lutheran Church, Underwood, Minnesota.

Kevin graduated from LBS with a Certificate of Theological Studies. He will continue to grow in the ministerial gifts with which God has blessed him and to serve God in the communities where he’s been placed.

CHRISTOPHER HARTLEY:

Chris grew up in Eastern Iowa and graduated from Bennett Community High School in 2000. He then graduated with a B.A. in Art Education from the University of Northern Iowa and later a Master of Education from Graceland University. From 2006 to 2014 he was an art teacher in Iowa.

After serving on the Elder Board at Emmaus Road Church, DeWitt, Iowa, Chris felt God calling him into full-time ministry. During his second year at seminary he received a call from Lutheran Brethren Fellowship Church of Williston, North Dakota, to serve as Pastor of Congregational Life. He completed his third year of seminary on-line. He graduates from LBS with a Master of Divinity degree and will continue in his present call.

Chris and Lyssa have been married since 2003 and they have two children: Isabelle (13) and Grant (10).

JORDAN HERRICK:

Jordan grew up in Colfax, Wisconsin. He graduated from Colfax High School and worked in his father’s construction business for 12 years. He then graduated from Chippewa Valley Technical College with a medical background. After graduation Jordan began to teach the Central Service Technician program.

After starting seminary at LBS in 2012, Jordan began working as the Youth Ministry Director at Bethany LBC in Colfax, in addition to his role for the Colfax School District working with the elementary and high school special education classes.

Jordan graduates LBS with a Certificate of Theological Studies. He continues to serve Bethany LBC as Associate Pastor. He is married to Gretchen. They have two children: Spencer (17) and Sydney (14).

ALAN JOHNSON:

Alan Johnson grew up attending Maple Park Lutheran Brethren Church in Lynnwood, Washington. Alan felt called into ministry at age 15 when he had an opportunity to share a gospel message at the Christian high school he attended. Alan graduated high school in 2006. He earned his Associate’s degree in 2009, and graduated from the University of Washington in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Culture, Literature and the Arts.

In 2011, Alan was called to Maple Park as the Director of Youth Ministries, which he continued during his seminary training. He graduates from LBS with a Master of Divinity.

Alan is married to Cheryl and they have a daughter named Elsie. Alan and Cheryl are excited to see what is next for them as they continue to pursue God’s call on their lives.

DANIEL STENBERG:

Daniel was born in Seattle, Washington, but grew up in Hagen, Saskatchewan. He graduated from Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in 2001, and after that spent nine months on a Servant Team in Chandler, Arizona. Daniel moved to Olympia, WA in 2002 where he attended South Puget Sound Community College. He graduated from LBS with a Diploma in Christian Ministry.

 Growing up the son of a pastor, he never thought he would end up behind a pulpit, but God called Daniel into ministry in a variety of ways. From Hillcrest, to Servant Teams, to a post-hardcore band, God led Daniel to seminary.

Daniel is married to Karen and they have five children: Judah, Asher, Caleb, Silas and Elijah. Daniel has accepted a call to serve as pastor at Calvary Lutheran Church in Bergenfield, NJ.

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