Candidates Approved for Ordination and Commissioning

CHICAGO, IL (June 28, 2014) — Delegates to the 129th Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Covenant Church this morning approved the following candidates for Ordination to Word and Sacrament, Ordination to Word and Service, finalization of transfer of ordination, as well as commissioning.

Ordained to Word and Sacrament

  • Eric W. Abramson, Bloomington Covenant Church, in Minneapolis, MN
  • Nathan D. Albert, Christ Church, in East Greenwich, RI
  • Sharon R. Anderson, Pine Lake Covenant Church, in Sammamish, WA
  • Jose A. Angulo, Iglesia Del Pacto Eagle Rock, in Los Angeles, CA
  • Christina N. Bouris, Winnetka Evangelical Covenant Church, in Wilmette, IL
  • Todd M. Bratulich, First Covenant Church, in Minneapolis, MN
  • Laurel F. Buwalda, Sanford Health, in Sioux Falls, SD
  • Javier Carrillo, Rulock Covenant Church, in Turlock, CA
  • Darren W. Catron, Community Covenant Church, in West Peabody, MA
  • Timothy R. Ciccone, Covenant Offices, in Chicago, IL
  • Paul W. Couleur, Country Evangelical Covenant Church, in Campton Hills, IL
  • Joshua R. Danielson, re-entering call process
  • Peter M. Dibley, First Evangelical Covenant Church, in Rockford, IL
  • Thomas M. Dierenfeld, LifeSpring Covenant Church, in Loveland, CO
  • David C. Diller, re-entering call process
  • Seth M. Dombach, Headwaters Covenant Church, in Helena, MT
  • Ronald J. Ferguson, Monadnock Covenant Church, in Keene, NH
  • Allan C. Folmar, Emergency Response Chaplain, in Renton, WA
  • Carol H. Gibbs, re-entering call process
  • Marvin A. Gibbs, re-entering call process
  • Christopher W. Gothold, Harbor Covenant Church, in Gig Harbor, WA
  • Floredilia Graterol, Centro Hispano de Estudio Teologicos, in Compton, CA
  • Deborah J. Griffith-Samuels, Central Conference, in Chicago, IL
  • Paul D. Guiliano, Paradise Holtzschwamm Evangelical Covenant Church, in Thomasville, PA
  • Corrie M. Gustafson, Punahou School, in Honolulu, HI
  • Mark E. Harder, Evangelical Covenant Church, in Donadlson, IN
  • Eric W. Hedberg, Emmanuel Evangelical Covenant Church, in Surrey, BC
  • Bruce E. Helgeson, Hope Evangelical Covenant Church, in Grand Forks, ND
  • Neal C. Herr, First Evangelical Covenant Church, in Grand Rapids, MI
  • David E. Hugare, Zion Covenant Church, Ellsworth, WI
  • Douglas K. Humphreys, Creekside Covenant Church, in Redmond, WA
  • Jose Humphreys, Metro Hope Covenant Church, in New York, NY
  • Derrick Jackson, Life Covenant Church, Holmdel, NJ
  • Robert T. Jacobson, Restoration Covenant Church, Burnsville, MN
  • Joel O. Johnson, Rochester Covenant Church, in Rochester, MN
  • Abby J. Jones, Evangelical Covenant Church, in Stromsburg, NE
  • Scott E. Jorgenson, re-entering call process
  • Joel A. Jueckstock, Maple Grove Hospital, in Maple Grove, MN
  • Erin A. Kerr, Evangelical Free Church, in Fullerton, CA
  • Abraham H. Kim, Compass Christian Center, in Federal Way, WA
  • Ara Koliantz, Evangelical Covenant Church, In Lafayette, IN
  • Carmen Bensink Lewis, Bridge Covenant Church, in Salem OR
  • Scott Bensink Lewis, Bridge Covenant Church, in Salem, OR
  • John R. Lindt, Bethel Mission Covenant Church, in Wallace, MI
  • Jorden J. Meyers, Covenant Offices, in Chicago, IL
  • Melissa Millis, Trinity Church, in Indianapolis, IN
  • Jason O. Mohn, First Covenant Church, in Everett, WA
  • James A Murphy, Evangelical Covenant Church, in Bemidji, MN
  • Clay E. Napier, United Hospice of Coastal Carolina, in New Bern, NC
  • Piedad Pena-Restrepo, World Mission: Latin America
  • Soudinh Penkhay, Brookdale Covenant Church, in Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Judy B. Peterson, Excelsior Covenant Church, in Excelsior, MN
  • David G. Robinson, Cannon Beach Community Church, in Cannon Beach, OR
  • David L. Scherrer, Christ Community Covenant Church, in Arvada, CO
  • Timothy J. Smith, Jr, New Song Covenant Church, in Anchorage, AK
  • Jane E. Spriggs, Monticello Covenant Church, in Monticello, MN
  • Elise A. Steel, North Park Covenant Church, in Chicago, IL
  • Jo Anne Taylor, First United Methodist Church, in New Ulm, MN
  • Kyle S. Thomsen, University Covenant Church, in Davis, CA
  • James R. Tyberg, Pasadena Covenant Church, in Pasadena, CA
  • D. Chad Wible, Sierra  Bible Church, in Murphys, CA
  • Richard D. Wild, Riverside Covenant Church, in Riverside, RI
  • Samuel Williams, Avenue Community Church, in Markham, ON
  • Micah J. Witham, Awaken Covenant Community, in Lilydale, MN
  • Benjamin D. Zabel, First Evangelical Covenant Church, in Grand Rapids, MI

Ordained to Word and Service

  • Daphne L. DeMaris, Radiant Health Resources, Grosse Pointe, MI
  • Renee L. Franzen, Brookdale Covenant Church, in Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Richard A. Gorddon, River Ridge Covenant Church, Olympia, WA
  • Corenna R. Hoyt, Young Life, in Manville, RI
  • Kurt E. Kincanon, Evangelical Covenant Church, in Lafayette, IN
  • Amy E. Oxendale, North Park University, in Chicago, IL
  • Geoffrey M. Twigg, North Park Theological Seminary, in Chicago, IL, and Trinity Evangelical Covenant Church in Oak Lawn, IL
  • Kirsten D. Wagenius, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, St. Cloud, MN

Transfer of Ordination

  • Kirt E. Anderson, Naples Community Church in Naples, FL
  • Mary L. Hendrickson, re-entering call process
  • Peter Kim, Redeemer Life, in Libertyville, IL
  • Matthew J. Marzluft, Village Covenant Church, in Azusa, CA
  • Timothy B. Smith, re-entering call process
  • Anibal Vasquez, Primera Iglesia Del Pacto in Bell Gardens, CA


  • James C. Condap, Pilgrim Pines Conference Center, in Swanzey, NH
  • Brian C. Gleason, Hillside Covenant Church, in Walnut Creek, CA
  • Ian A. Longtin, Hope Center Covenant Church in Pleasant Hill, CA





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