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Rev. Dr. John Nunes (1985)Updated on Friday, October 21, 2016
On October 22, Rev. John Nunes, Ph.D., will be inaugurated as the ninth president of Concordia College, New York. The CUAA alumnus has enjoyed a vibrant career, most recently contributing his voice on the intersection of Christian values in public and professional life as the Jochum Professor and Chair at Valparaiso University. Prior to that, John used his gifts to work to end poverty, injustice, and human suffering worldwide as president and CEO of Lutheran World Relief, a $49 million global organization leading staff in 17 countries. Read some of John’s reflections on his alma mater in the latest Arbor Light magazine.
Kurt J. Kolka (1984)Updated on Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Kurt authored a book called, "Bullying is No Laughing Matter," which features his comic strip character "The Cardinal," that he created for the CUAA Campus Voice newspaper 36 years ago. The book educates kids, teens, and also adults on taking a stand against bullying. Kurt is a staff writer at the Gaylord Herald Times and he and his wife Diane reside in Gaylord Michigan.
Linda Abrams (1970)Updated on Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Linda recently published her first book, "Properties From Our Father, Seeing the Hand of God in Real Estate Transactions." This book draws both mind and heart into an earthly journal that leads to custom-built mansions beyond Heaven’s gates; it is an “open house” to all who long for the perfect home and are desperate for a change of address. Linda lives in South Carolina with her husband Keith.
Cathy Pino (1986)Updated on Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Cathy received her Master of Divinity degree on May 18, 2014 when she graduated with honors in both Old Testament Studies and Historical Theology from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. Cathy's concentration was in Leadership toward Racial Justice, and she hopes to go on to do further work in biblical studies, toward the goal of teaching at the college and seminary levels, and being in accompaniment with migrants and migrant communities in the struggle for just and humane treatment and protection of human rights.
Robin Paris (1967)Updated on Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Robin is a Gift Planning Counselor with the LCMS Foundation. After teaching children for many years, which she loved, she now teaches seniors how to bless their heirs, avoid unnecessary taxes, and give their very best gift to the Lutheran ministries they hold in their heart—in much greater ways than they ever imagined.
John Christopher Frame (2002)Updated on Tuesday, August 25, 2015
John furthered his education at Harvard University, earning at ThM in 2009. He is the author of a book published in 2013, “Homeless at Harvard,” about the summer he spent sharing life together with the homeless community of Harvard Square—the business district around Harvard University.
Jim Woelmer (1986) and Rachel (Hill) Woelmer (1988)Updated on Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Along with their 5 children, Jim and Rachel celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in July of 2013. They met at CUAA where Jim was enrolled in the pre-seminary program and Rachel in the elementary education program. They were both very active during their years at CUAA, including participating in the Boar’s Head Festival every December. Their first date was to homecoming in November of 1984. Currently, Jim serves as senior pastor at Faith Lutheran in Plan, Texas. Rachel is a part-time and substitute teacher at Faith as well, and is an organist, piano teacher, and volleyball coach. They are pleased with the merge of CUW and CUAA and are very happy that it will keep the campus alive and operating. The two schools were also merged within their family, as their son Joshua graduated from CUW in 2010, and their daughter Bethany is currently enrolled at CUW in the parish music program.
Rev. Daniel S. Barz (1974)Updated on Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Was ordained and installed as SMP pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Buchanan, MI. His brother Mark Barz (1976/78) of Crown of Life Lutheran Church in San Antonio was the preacher. Dan is continuing his SMP studies at CTS, Fort Wayne through 2015.
Deborah S. Torbet (2003)Updated on Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Deborah has written, illustrated, and published a children’s book “The Mailman, a story about a little girl impatiently waiting for the mailman. Along with her writing, Deborah teaches first grade at Inland Lakes Elementary School.
Rev. Marcus P. Sims (1982)Updated on Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Is currently assisting the pastor of his home church, St. Philip’s Lutheran Church in Philadelphia, PA, where he also serves as the Sunday School Administrator.
Dr. Barbara Laughlin Adler (1987)Updated on Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Barbara has written “The Sound of Scripture,” a guide for parish lay readers, and it will soon be published by Lutheran University Press. The book is designed for lay readers who want to become more confident and effective in communicating the meaning of God’s Word clearly to listeners.
Emily Clark (2013)Updated on Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Emily works as a Graphic Design Coordinator for Harbor, Northwest Ohio’s largest mental health agency, designing brochures, flyers, ads and newsletters. She is also responsible for website maintenance, social media marketing, event planning, and other internal and external communications.