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Class Notes – July 2016

The Rev. Taryn MontgomeryAlumna awarded Dr. Richard Lee Peterman Good Steward Award

The Rev. Taryn Montgomery, pastor of Bread of Life Lutheran Church, Minot, North Dakota, was presented with the ELCA’s prestigious 2015 Dr. Richard Lee Peterman Good Steward Award, established in 1984 by the Lutheran Laity Movement for Stewardship. From the story by Minot NBC affiliate KMOT-TV:

“She moved her congregation from a mentality of scarcity to a mentality of abundance. During that time the congregation of giving went up 2,000 percent. So, that’s an extreme example of someone who has stewardship education and through connecting the congregation with the senate and the ELCA, she really has done some marvelous things around Stewardship,” said Neil Bullock, project coordinator of ELCA.

“Pastor Taryn says she has not yet decided what she is going to do with the $500 award.”

Pr. Montgomery’s husband is the Rev. Christoph Schmidt, also a member of the class of 2011.

Watch the “Community Spotlight” video and read the story from reporter Alex Coleman are on the KMOT website.


Pastor Alfredo OviedoDMin student awarded Grace Lutheran Scholarship

The Rev. Alfredo Oviedo, a Doctor of Ministry student at LTSP, was awarded a scholarship by the Grace Lutheran Church Foundation, reported the Times-News, Hendersonville, North Carolina, on

Assistant Pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Hendersonville, Pr. Oviedo was born in Torreon, Mexico, and began seminary at Seminario Teologico Bautista Mexicano, Mexico City, and came to the United States in 1989. He has continued his education, including an MDiv from Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity in 1999 and Master of Liberal Arts from the University of North Carolina-Asheville in 2001. After completing studies at Southern Seminary, he was ordained in the ELCA and installed at Grace in 2014.

Pr. Oviedo began a Hispanic Christian ministry using Grace’s facilities, and in 2012 Iglesia Luterana Gracia, a new outreach mission, was officially inaugurated at Grace with Pr. Oviedo the developer for the church’s new Hispanic ministry.


Class Happenings

Evan BoydEvan E. Boyd (MAR 2007) | Library Director and Assistant Professor, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio

On June 1, 2016, Evan E. Boyd was appointed director of the Hamma Library and assistant professor at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio. Since 2010, he had served as librarian and then director of the Lapp Learning Commons at Chicago Theological Seminary.


The Rev. Alina Gayeuski (MDiv 2013) | Pastor, Reformation Lutheran Church, Media, Pennsylvania

On May 20, 2016, Alina Gayeuski ’13 and Daniel Smith ’18 were married at a worship held at the seminary chapel. Many friends and colleagues from LTSP attended and participated in the service.

Alina Gayeuski and Daniel Smith wedding

Alina Gayeuski and Daniel Smith wedding


Louis Bugno (STM 2006) and Daniel Rawleigh (MDiv 1984) | Retired

Louis Michael Bugno class of 2006 STM and Daniel Joseph Rawleigh class of 1984 MDiv. were married. The service was held at All Saints Episcopal Church in Lehighton PA The Rev. Jane A. Bender presided.

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