For the last five months, the students met at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute for 100+ hours of classroom training, and they also did 300 hours of ministry experience at their respective sites.
The Ecumenical Institute Board is proud to carry on the pastoral caregiving training for lay and clergy in Northwest Iowa, started 43 years ago with Father Gene Sitzmann and Rev. Bob Alexander being the primary supervisors at that time.
Congratulations goes to these students:
Rev. Jon Millen, who lives in Sioux City, is being trained by Dr. Steve Corum to be the teaching supervisor; Scott Dalen was a Lay Minister at First Lutheran in Milford, who continues his training at Luther Seminary in Minneapolis;
Joel Nye is a diaconal minister serving Plymouth Ministries, a shared ministry partnership of three Lutheran churches in Plymouth County; Karen Borchers is a volunteer chaplain at Holstein Good Samaritan Center, and is a member of Faith Lutheran in Holstein; Christy Funk is Pastoral Minister for St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Sibley and St. Mary's in Ashton.