Renee Epp Reimer of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, graduated May 4 from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS), Elkhart, Indiana, with a Master of Divinity with a major in Christian Faith Formation.Renee completed part of her degree through AMBS’s MDiv Connect program while working at Rainbow Mennonite Church in Kansas City, Kansas as Youth Program Director and then later as Youth and Outreach Ministries Director. At AMBS graduation Renee received the 2019 preaching award. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Bethel College in North Newton. Renee’s parents are Ray Reimer and Rosie Epp of North Newton and she has a sister Rachel.
Nathan Koontz is from North Newton, Kansas. After graduating Bethel College in 1999 with majors in Art and Psychology, he and his wife, Esther, served for three years with Mennonite Central Committee in Egypt. Upon returning to the U.S., they settled in Kidron, Ohio where Nathan attended Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, OH. From 2006-2011 Nathan served as Associate Pastor at Faith Mennonite Church in Newton. Then he was Director of Prison Ministries at Offender/Victim Ministries until 2013, followed by a six-year term as Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care at First Mennonite Church in Hutchinson, KS. He joined the pastoral staff at Bethel College Mennonite Church on Oct. 1, 2019 as Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care. He and Esther have three children. In his free time, he enjoys woodworking and poetry.