Chapel’s 2019-20 Alumni Preaching Schedule

The Chapel of the Resurrection will continue its Alumni Preaching Series in the spring semester. All services are at 10 a.m. at the Chapel.

Jan. 26: Ruth A. Popkin ’09

Rev. Ruth A. Popkin

Ruth A. Popkin is the pastor of St. Luke United Lutheran Church in Michigan City, Ind. She is a 2009 graduate of Valparaiso University, and a 2013 graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (now United Lutheran Seminary). She was called to St. Luke United Lutheran in 2018, after serving her first call in the Northwestern Minnesota Synod.

Ruth is married to Alex, and mom to David and Daisy the dog. She enjoys studying the history of the ELCA, interpersonal relationships, and church revitalization.


Feb. 23: Rev.  Alissa Kretzmann ‘12 Farrar 

Rev. Alissa Kretzmann Farrar

Pastor Alissa Kretzmann Farrar attended Valparaiso University where she earned her Bachelor’s in Social Work as well as minors in Theology and Peace and Social Justice.  In her time at Valparaiso, she was involved in Campus Ministry and SALT.  To her own surprise, in the years after graduating from she started to seriously discern a call to pastoral ministry.  Alissa pursued her Master’s of Divinity at Yale Divinity School and her Master’s of Arts at Luther Seminary. She thinks of being a pastor as an organizer, journey-companion, preacher, and bridge-builder.  She has worked at churches in Ohio, New York, and Minnesota which have cultivated her enthusiasm for creative, innovative, multicultural ministry.  She currently lives in Milwaukee with her husband Kevin, and she serves as Pastor at Lake Park Lutheran Church.


April 26: Rev. Rebecca Boardman ‘00, Campus Pastor at University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.  (ELCA) — This service has been suspended. We hope to reschedule. 


Two alumni served this fall as guest preachers. They were:

Rev. Timothy Brown
Rev. Timothy J. Brown

Sept. 15: Timothy Brown ’03 ’05

Tim Brown is a pastor, a writer, and an occasional beer brewer who received his BA in Theology at Valpo in 2003, and his Master’s in Education at Valpo in 2005. After almost ten years in the parish, Pr. Brown accepted a new call at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago where he works in the development office helping to keep seminary education both academically rigorous and affordable for students.

He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife Rhonda and two children, Findley and Alistair.


Rev. Erica Gibson-Even
Rev. Erica Gibson-Even

Oct. 20: Erica Gibson-Even ’00

Pastor Erica Gibson-Even is Pastor for Discipleship and Education at Christ Lutheran (ELCA) in Valparaiso, Ind., where she has served for 8 years. After a first call in Glenwood, Ill.,  she and her husband Adam lived near Geneva, Switzerland, where their two children were born. While she was there she picked up a love for joyful global worship, and an interest in the ways that “being a stranger” can serve as a spiritual discipline. She loves music, reading, cooking, and exploring the world with her kids. Since acquiring a backyard and “her own dirt,” she is having a lot of fun learning to garden by trial and error, and anxiously awaits each Spring!

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