Class of 2006 Spring 2018 Letter

Spring 2018

Greetings Class of 2006!

I hope this letter finds you all well and enjoying the thaw of springtime. As I write this letter and enjoy the warm South Carolina sunshine, I’m reminded of all the days spent on the library lawn during spring at Luther, trying to study but being endlessly interrupted by friends passing through or the occasional run-away frisbee. Those really were the days and one of many reasons I’m so thankful of our time together at Luther.

As we all enjoy the spring weather, I would like to take a moment to remind everyone of the many alumni events that happen throughout the country and I encourage you all to visit to find one near you or contact the Alumni Office directly to arrange one in your area if not already planned. This is a great way to rekindle relationships and reconnect to the valuable Luther community. As you reconnect and reminisce, I also encourage you to send Jamie Sue and me your stories of Luther past so that we can share those in upcoming alumni letters for all to enjoy.

Many of us made great memories during J-term whether staying on campus or travelling during a course. This year 286 students participated in 17 courses all around the world! That is such an incredible number and one of the top reasons students choose Luther; I know it was for me! If you are interested in seeing some of the stories from this year be sure to check out the blogs at and enjoy the journeys of current students. Anyone interested in traveling abroad with Luther again is encouraged to visit to see what trips are available. Invite some friends and make new international memories!

Luther experiences are made possible, in part, through our support. I encourage you to support current students with a donation to the Luther Fund. You can make a gift today by using the attached form and the reusable envelope or by visiting

In closing, I would also remind you all of our Alumni Ambassador Program through the Admissions Office. Luther will offer a $1,000 annual scholarship in your name to any student you refer to Luther. What a great way to let new students experience the great education we received during our Luther journey. Kindest wishes to you all!

Soli Deo Gloria!

Chris Bellinder

2006 Class Agents:

Chris Bellinder
[email protected]

Jamie Sue Knight
[email protected]


Chris Bellinder is a sales professional at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in Charleston, S.C.

Sarah (Olson) Cutcliffe is a business systems analyst and specialist for University of Chicago Medicine in Darien, Ill.

Kristen (Strandell) Kesslar is a registered nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.

Courtney Kupfer is education director of CenterPoint Massage and Shiatsu Therapy School and Clinic in Minneapolis. She is pursuing a master of the arts degree in Adlerian counseling and psychotherapy with an emphasis in clinical mental health counseling at Adler Graduate School in Richfield, Minn.

Mike Lopez is a senior financial accountant at Manitou America in West Bend, Wis.

Aaron Murphy is the owner and principal designer of Aaron Murphy Interiors in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He specializes in residential and commercial interior design consulting.

Erika Strandjord is a lecturer at the University of California, Davis.

Lyndsey (Ludwig) Wedll is an accounting specialist at Twin Cities and Western Railroad in Glencoe, Minn.



LYNDSEY LUDWIG and Jeremiah Wedll, Nov. 19, 2011

HELISSA STEVENS and Timothy Bell, Aug. 11, 2017



Lynn and RYAN AHLERS welcomed a daughter, Wynnifred, in July 2017.

Sara and JONATHON CURRY welcomed a daughter, Amzie Elizabeth, in March 2015.

ELIZABETH (SPENCER) and HANS FINANGER welcomed a son, Ruben Hans, in October 2017.

KRISTEN (STRANDELL) and James Kesslar welcomed a son, Nolan, in August 2017.