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Candidates Approved for Ordination, Commissioning, Consecration

ST. PAUL, MN (June 26, 2010) – Delegates to the 125th Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Covenant Church today approved the following candidates for ordination to word and sacrament, specialized ministry, and finalization of transfer of ordination, as well as commissioning and missionary service.

Ordination to Word and Sacrament

  • Adams, Jesse B., Evangelical Covenant Church, Silverhill, AL
  • Allison, Stephen D., Prince of Peace Covenant Church, Mondovi, WI
  • Ambriz, Marco, First Covenant Church, Oakland, CA
  • Anderson, Adam R., Newport Covenant Church, Bellevue WA
  • Anderson, Stephen L., Excelsior Covenant Church, Excelsior, MN
  • Bannister, Stratford C., Evangelical Covenant Church, Lafayette, IN.
  • Barnett, Rebecca Manseau
  • Barnett, William T.
  • Becker, Keith R., Hope Evangelical Covenant, Grand Forks, ND
  • Bertrand, Kent D., Bridge Covenant Church, Gilbert, AZ
  • Boyce, Conway G., Brooklyn Covenant Ministries, Brooklyn, NY
  • Bros, Janice E., Abbey Way Covenant Church, Minneapolis, MN
  • Carlson, Linda J., Dolores Park Church, San Francisco, CA
  • Catalano, Frank J., Evergreen Covenant Church, Lyman, ME
  • Condon, Jason R., Artisan Church: An Evangelical Covenant Church, Rochester, NY
  • Cosio, Susan A., Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, CA
  • Cosman, Joyce I., Broadway Covenant Church, Rockford, IL
  • Drake, Harvey, Emerald City Bible Fellowship, Seattle, WA
  • Elliott-Hart, Fred W., Covenant Congregational Church, Boston, MA
  • Engler, Aaron B., Highrock Covenant Church, Arlington, MA
  • Estrella, Brian A., Evangelical Covenant Church, Riverside, RI
  • Fitelson, Daniel J., First Covenant Church, Oakland, CA
  • Foisy, Keith J., Evergreen Evangelical Covenant Church, Branch, MI
  • Grosz, Stephen J., Evangelical Mission Covenant Church, Kennedy, MN
  • Guncheon, Matthew C., Army
  • Harlow, David R., Thomastown Covenant Church, Staples, MN
  • Haub, Erika C., Shoreline Covenant Church, Shoreline, WA
  • Johnson, Robert W., City Church, Kansas City, MO
  • Johnson, Ryan Chambers, Grace Evangelical Covenant Church, Chicago, IL
  • Kachelmeier, Kyle R., Evangelical Covenant Church, Winthrop, MN
  • Kalton, Christopher J., Chapel in the Pines Community Church, Arnold, CA
  • Kennedy, Robert A. Oak Hills Covenant Church, Vista, CA
  • Kim, David Dong-Jin, Navy
  • Kim, Eugene P., Highrock Covenant Church, Arlington, MA
  • Lee, Daniel Y., Highrock Covenant Church, Brookline, MA
  • Lee, Kiho, Worship Frontier Covenant Church, Bedford, MA
  • March, John B., New City Covenant Church, Edina, MN
  • Nelson, Colleen R., Roseville Covenant Church, Roseville, MN
  • Nelson, Mark A., First Covenant Church, Salina, KS
  • Norland, Peter M., Evangelical Covenant Community Church, Essex Junction, VT
  • Palmerlee, Luke R., Event Coordinator, Evangelical Covenant Church, Chicago, IL
  • Phal, Chamron, First Covenant Church, Oakland, CA
  • Portillo, Wuifor O., Alfa y Omega Covenant Church, Carthage, MO
  • Putera, Mary Frances, Covenant Youth of Alaska, Wasilla, AK
  • Sabin, Robert P.
  • Shurr, Brandon, College Park Covenant Church, Saskatoon, SK
  • Smith, Efrem D., Sanctuary Covenant Church, Minneapolis, MN
  • Smith, Tammy J., Paradise Valley Community Church, Phoenix, AZ
  • Staurseth, Philip M., Ravenswood Evangelical Covenant Church, Chicago, IL
  • Stromstad, Jason D., Scammon Bay Covenant Church, Scammon Bay, AK
  • Swanson, Benjamin J., Edina Covenant Church, Minneapolis, MN
  • Swieringa, Robin P., Evangelical Covenant Church, Edmonton, AB
  • Throneburg, Joshua J., Highrock Covenant Church of Brookline, MA, Inc. Brookline. MA
  • Washington, David A., Oakdale Covenant Church, Chicago, IL
  • White, Roy H., Church of Gary Covenant Church, Gary, IN
  • Williams Linda S., Covenant Congregational Church, Waltham, MA
  • Yi, Ryan M., Highrock Covenant Church, Arlington, MA

Ordination to Specialized Ministry

  • Devine, Kristin E.
  • Farmer, Kevin W., Sanctuary Covenant Church, Minneapolis, MN
  • Gunderson, Terri L. First Covenant Church, Willmar, MN
  • Kiemele, John S., Selah Center, Gig Harbor, WA
  • Kramka, Jonathan E., Northwest Conference, Minneapolis, MN
  • Kurth, Michelle G., Forest Park Covenant Church, Muskegon, MI
  • Norman, Joyce E., Countryside Covenant Church, McPherson, KS
  • Shiflett, Diana M., Naperville Evangelical Covenant Church, Naperville, IL
  • Stromberg, Kara J., Youth Leadership, St. Paul, MN
  • Waldschmidt, Kirsten K., Hope Community Covenant Church, Strathmore, AB


  • Anderson, Sharon R., Pine Lake Covenant Church, Sammamish, WA

Finalization of Transfer of Ordination

  • Blanco, Leofin R., Community Evangelical Church, Chicago, IL
  • Fox, James T., St. Peter’s Covenant Church, Hilltown, PA
  • Gelaude, Ronald C., Connexions Church, Dexter, MI
  • Gilkinson, Gary S., Evangelical Covenant Church, Melfort, SK
  • Hege, John D., Community Covenant Church, Fairbanks, AK
  • Hillis, David S., Hope Covenant Church, Chandler, AZ
  • Holder, David R., New York Covenant Church, New Rochelle, NY
  • Orr, José, Off Lake Covenant Church, Emo, ON
  • Rasheed, Josef, CrossRoads Covenant, DeSoto, TX
  • Roberts, David B., Austintown Community Evangelical Covenant Church, Austintown, OH
  • Rollerson, Terrance J., The Compass, St. Paul, MN
  • Vlach, Kyle J., St. Francis Regional Medical, Shakopee, MN
  • Willett, Renée, W., Fellowship Christian Church, Oak Park, IL
  • Wilson, George E., Friends 4 Life Covenant Church, Flossmoor, IL

Consecration to Missionary Service

  • Clauson, Erika B., Mexico
  • Clauson, Nils D., Mexico
  • Kim, Anna, China

About the Author

  • Marianne Peters is a freelance writer, master gardener, and environmental educator. She lives in Plymouth, Indiana with her husband, two teenage daughters, and two mischievous ginger cats called Fred and George (after the Weasley twins of Harry Potter fame). From 2008-2013 she wrote the Creation Care column for Covenant Companion magazine. In 2011, her family decided to downsize by half, a decision that led to the publication of her book Declutter for Good: Share Your Life and Reclaim Your Life. She blogs about green living and gardening at www.freshwordswriting.com.

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