Board of Directors
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Nate Helling joined the Sioux Falls Ministry Center Board of Directors in 2015. Helling currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer & Vice President of Operations at Sioux Falls Seminary, a position he has held since July of 2015. Helling has held several other positions at Sioux Falls Seminary since joining its staff in 2004. Helling attended Augustana University where he received a bachelor's degree in business administration and management information systems in 2002. He went on to earn a Master of Divinity degree from Sioux Falls Seminary in 2010. In his free time, Helling enjoys biking and reading. A member of Central Church in Sioux Falls, Helling has served on the Elder Executive Committee. Helling lives in Sioux Falls with his wife Lisa and their son Caleb.
Becky Hoelscher joined the Sioux Falls Ministry Center Board of Directors in 2015. She is a local business woman with a heart for serving her community. She has been the co-owner of Salon Montage for over 15 years after working at various salons in Sioux Falls. She is no stranger to the Sioux Falls Ministry Center. She attended Stewart's School of Hairstyling when it occupied this space and earned her cosmetology license. Outside of work, Hoelscher serves on the Outreach Team at First Reformed Church and she volunteers at The Banquet. "I am so excited to be part of the SFMC. I am passionate about helping those in our community to make a better life for themselves and their families. I love the fact that the SFMC has many resources under one roof. I am looking forward to being involved in helping others and sharing Christ's love through these acts of service." Hoelscher spends her free time gardening, biking, walking, reading and spending time with family. A native of Lennox, S.D., Hoelscher and her husband Chuck have lived in Sioux Falls for over 30 years. They have two adult children and one grandchild.
Bob McHenry has a passionate belief that anyone can have a new beginning. His own life experiences have taught him that it is never too late to become what God created you to be. The journey from bouncer to senior pastor at Linwood Wesleyan Church has been amazing. That’s why he loves being a part of the Sioux Falls Ministry Center. He wants to be a part of an organization that holds out Jesus as the hope of the world and dares to follow him into the world to share God’s love. Bob grew up in Indiana with the dream of playing in the NBA. Even though he did not play basketball beyond high school, he did marry the girl of his dreams. He and his wife Cheryl have a son, Dylan, who is a student at Indiana Wesleyan University. Bob enjoys the outdoors, riding his bicycle on Sioux Falls' trail system with his wife and walking with his dog Chief. He loves to watch Law and Order, SVU and cheer for the Butler Bulldogs and Notre Dame Fighting Irish. One more thing, he has never met a cheeseburger he didn’t like.
Rich Merkouris has a growing passion to serve those in need and he thinks the Sioux Falls Ministry Center is the perfect place to meet the needs of people in Sioux Falls. He says, “I love thinking about the work of Jesus that will take place through this facility and how agencies, along with their guests, will benefit from these ministries being located in the same facility.” Rich graduated from the University of Sioux Falls with a degree in mathematics and received a Master of Divinity from Sioux Falls Seminary. Rich also serves as Pastor of King of Glory Church in Sioux Falls. He and his wife Shannon have two daughters, Hannah and Hazel, and a son Henry.
Karrie Schipper grew up in Madison, S.D. and attended the University of South Dakota and obtained a BS in Health Administration. She and her husband Greg have three sons: Jackson, Gavin and Logan. Their family is a member of First CRC Church in Sioux Falls. Karrie has worked for Avera since 1996, in 4 roles: HR Manager, Clinic Manager, Physician Recruiter and currently as a Business Development Manager. Her passions are faith, family and friends. She enjoys helping and likes to make a difference in the lives of others. Her life objective is to seek, trust and glorify God so that one day when she stands before him he may say “well done my good and faithful servant”.
Carla Schwartz joined the Sioux Falls Ministry Center Board of Directors in 2015. Schwartz has served in the ministry for over 20 years in such capacities as pastor's wife, church secretary, associate pastor, worship pastor and children's ministry director. She also has her credentials as an ordained minister with The Assemblies of God. Most recently she has traveled as an evangelist and inspirational speaker, sharing her story at women's events and conferences as well as church services. She is also on the ministry staff of a para church organization called Collision, where she serves as a Parent/Volunteer/Church Coordinator. She oversees Collision in Tea, Beresford, Lennox, Freeman, Harrisburg, and Parker, as well as Memorial and Edison Middle Schools in Sioux Falls. She is also active on the mentor and prayer teams at Falls Church. Shwartz, a South Dakota native, graduated from Trinity Bible College with a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies/Pastoral Studies with a psychology minor. Her hobbies include taking long walks, listening to worship music and reading an amazing book on history or a good biography. However, her favorite thing to do is spend time eating and laughing with her son Chad and a daughter Kristin.
Bill Sims is a member of Central Baptist church and is a litigation attorney in South Dakota. Bill graduated magna cum laude from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri with a degree in public administration and criminal justice in 2000. Bill obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa, with high honors in 2003. He was admitted to the Iowa Bar in 2003 and to the South Dakota Bar in 2008. After graduation, Bill served in the United States Air Force as a Judge Advocate. Bill was also an Area Defense Counsel where he defended military members in criminal cases throughout the United States. Bill separated from active duty in 2008, and moved to Sioux Falls with his family. He is currently a Major in the South Dakota Air National Guard. Bill and his wife have four children.
Carrie Sustad joined the Sioux Falls Ministry Center Board of Directors in 2015. She trainsistioned to the Board of Directors after serving as the SFMC Director of Operation since 2012. Carrie was born and raised in Moorhead, Minnesota but has called Sioux Falls home for over 25 years. Through her involvement in the Hope worship hour as well as mission trip experiences, she developed a God given passion for the struggling neighbors in our community. Walking alongside young women and single moms has been a calling on her heart for the past 5 years. With much prayer, Carrie left her stay at home mom job of 15 years to became the assistant director of The Sioux Falls Ministry Center in July 2011. Carrie’s previous work background includes volunteer coordinator for Hope Lutheran church, office manager for New Haven biblical counseling services, and volunteer for the Hope Worship Hour at The Center of Hope. She has a BS in Science and Humanities from Iowa State University. Carrie and her husband Arden are the parents of two adult daughters: Danielle, her husband Dawson and grandson Jonah; Rachel and her husband Brent. In her spare time you can find Carrie enjoying the outdoors with friends and family, walking her dog, Lucy, or working on her latest scrapbook project.
Eric Yunag is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Dakota Security Systems Inc. During his 15-year tenure at Dakota Security he has led numerous operational and sales improvement initiatives. He has a passion for organizational development and strategic planning that have led to the expansion of the company into numerous locations around the country. Eric enjoys using his business experience to serve in various church and non-profit leadership roles in the community. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics Engineering from South Dakota State University. He lives in Sioux Falls, S.D. with his wife Lori and their two children, Claire and JD.