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May 19, 2021

By The Rev. Kathryn A. Kleinhans, Ph.D., Dean of Trinity Lutheran Seminary

Congratulations to our Graduates

“The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.” (Psalm 121:8)

Please join us in celebrating the gifts and accomplishments of the Trinity students graduating on Saturday, May 22, 2021. The Rev. Dr. Joy Schroeder was selected by the graduating class to preach at the commencement eucharist at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Laura Barbins, Bishop of the ELCA Northeastern Ohio Synod, is the commencement speaker at the 2:00 graduation ceremony. Both events will be livestreamed to the Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University YouTube channel and to the Trinity Lutheran Seminary Facebook page.



Jeffrey Clouser
B.S.E., Millersville University
Home Congregation: Grace United Church of Christ, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
May Schwarz Award in Church Music


Melissa (Mel) Allen (AllSmith)
B.A., Thiel College

Sarah Mears
B.A., University of Toledo
Home Congregation: Zion Lutheran Church, Sandusky, Ohio
Lay Church Service Award

Cole Smith (AllSmith)
B.A., Thiel College
Home Congregation: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Irwin, Pennsylvania


Kristin Boris McCarthy
B.A., Grand Valley State University
Home Congregation: Hope Lutheran Church, Farmington Hills, Michigan
Internship Sites: American Lutheran Church, Clinton Township, Michigan; Christ Lutheran Church, Sterling Heights, Michigan
Karl F. Trost Award

Kristen Buss
B.S., The Ohio State University
Home Congregation: Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Columbus, Ohio
Internship Site: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio
Bertha Trost Award

Robert Eller
B.A., Mercyhurst University
M.Ed., Gannon University
Home Congregation: St. John’s Lutheran Church, Erie, Pennsylvania
Internship Site: St. John’s Lutheran Church, Zanesville, Ohio

Bonnie Grimaldi
B.S., University of Akron
M.S., The Ohio State University
Home Congregation: Epiphany Lutheran Church, Pickerington, Ohio
Internship Site: Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Miriam Hanson
B.A., Augustana University
Home Congregation: Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Rochester, Minnesota
Internship Site: Faith Lutheran Church, Arlington, Virginia
Edward C. Fendt Award

Joshua Krenz
B.A., Western Colorado University
Home Congregation: Christ Lutheran Church, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Internship Site: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lehighton, Pennsylvania

Karole Langset
B.S., Eastern Michigan University
Home Congregation: Shepherd of the Lakes, Walled Lake, Michigan
Internship Site: Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Naples, Florida

Evan McVann
B.A., Valparaiso University
Home Congregation: Unity Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Internship Site: Calvary Lutheran Church, Richland Hills, Texas
Theodore Liefeld Prize in Biblical Interpretation

Sara Garnet Wadley Wunsch
B.S.W., Miami University
M.S.W., Loyola University
Home Congregation: Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Cincinnati, Ohio
Internship Site: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Columbus, Ohio

Also, please join me in congratulating the Rev. Dr. Rachel Wrenn, Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, who received her Ph.D. in Religion with a concentration in Hebrew Bible on Friday, May 14. Dr. Wrenn’s dissertation is titled, “‘My Heart Grew Hot within Me:’ Anger at YHWH in the Psalms.”

The Rev. Kathryn A. Kleinhans, Ph.D.

Trinity Lutheran Seminary forms leaders for Christ’s church at work in the world.