We are celebrating with recent graduates receiving their Masters degree. Sierra Neiman earned a Masters of Divinity (MDiv) and a Spiritual Formation Certificate. She was also awarded the prestigious Dean’s Award. Jodi Hansen graduated with a Masters of Arts in Ministry Leadership. She is the Missional Communities Pastor at 2nd Street Community Church in Newberg. In December, Mark Klatt graduated with a MDiv and is serving in a variety of roles at Tigard Friends. Sarah Baldwin, campus pastor at George Fox University, and David Niyonzima, Friends leader from Burundi, earned their Doctor of Ministry degrees.
Sierra Neiman | My five years at George Fox Evangelical Seminary were profoundly formational for me. The combination of classes and the relationships I built with faculty, staff and fellow students stretched me mentally, spiritually and emotionally, resulting in great growth. My goal is to be a good steward of what I have received through my MDiv degree and Spiritual Formation certificate by pouring out this blessing to others. At this point, my primary area of interest is being involved in ministry in a Christian university environment.
Jodi Hansen | When I began my studies at George Fox Evangelical Seminary, I was disoriented spiritually and emotionally. God has used the GFES faculty and students over these past four years to re-root me into a deeper understanding of who God is, who I am and where I fit in the grand drama of redemption. I had no discernable ministry call at the beginning of this journey but leave this season of my life with a web of partners in my 2nd Street and NWYM communities with whom I am seeking the kingdom on behalf of Newberg and the world. I am truly blessed. Soli Deo Gloria!
Mark Klatt | Before graduation, I was on a journey to discover how to live with chronic pain. I have uncovered many limitations, and yet there are many things that I can do. The community of Friends at TCFC have embraced me along with my limitations. I am becoming friends with our new pastor, Don Walters. I do a puppet segment for the children based on the text from our weekly sermon; I teach a first and second grade Sunday school class; I’m involved in children’s church; and I clerk the CE team. I am learning that no matter what you are going through it is important to seek how to bloom where you are planted. For this season of our lives, Stacy and I are planted at TCFC – and we are finding ways to thrive.
Big news for one of our students | Matt Tricola will join 25 young adult Quaker representatives from the UK, Pakistan, USA, Israel, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tibet, Ukraine, Switzerland, Holland, Bosnia, and Herzegovina in Geneva, Switzerland, for the Quaker United Nations Summer School this coming July. During the two-week program, students are introduced to the work of the Quaker United Nations Office, learning from UN representatives, and bringing home greater awareness of the world’s most pressing issues and resources for Friends interested in international affairs. Matt is excited to represent George Fox Evangelical Seminary and Northwest Yearly Meeting with this incredible opportunity.