MLC Welcomes New Faculty Members
Martin Luther College welcomes four new members to their faculty. Installed at MLC’s opening service Monday, August 27, 2012: Greg Diersen, professor of life sciences; Jason Enderle, dorm supervisor and instructor; Mike Koepke, admissions counselor; Tingting Zhang, Mandarin instructor.
Greg Diersen (MLC’96), new professor of life sciences, taught physical science, biology, chemistry, and physics for 16 years at Great Plains Lutheran High School. He earned his M.Ed. at South Dakota State University in 2000. He’s a member of the National Association of Biology Teachers, National Science Teachers Association, and U.S. Association of Track and Field Coaches. He brings a passion for science and several years of research experience. Through RET (Research Experience for Teachers), he spent 5 weeks in 2007 at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology involving polymers research. Since 2009, he’s worked with the RET Echinacea Project, primarily researching the prairie plant Echinacea angustifolia, its floral neighborhood, and its pollinators. The plant and pollen specimen collection he built in 2009 was used for a lesson published in 2011. Diersen’s favorite teaching strategies are hands-on lab activities and investigations. Greg and his wife Kelly are blessed with four children: Alexa, Callahan, Magdala, and Kincaid.
Jason is the son of Michael and Ruth Enderle and is the second of three children. He was born in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, but spent most of his childhood growing up in Clear Lake, SD where his father has served as pastor since 1992. He attended the public grade school in Clear Lake through eighth grade. He continued his schooling at Great Plains Lutheran High School (’04), MLC (’08), and WLS (’12). During his vicar year, he served at Water of Life Lutheran Church in Las Vegas, NV. He has been called to serve the college as dorm supervisor, to teach Biblical History and Literature I, and to assist with cross country and track. He is thankful for this wonderful opportunity to serve the flock at MLC. He is excited to be back on this campus to live, learn, and grow together around God’s Word with the students, faculty, and staff.
Mike was born in Lansing, MI. His parents are Ernest and Mary and he has one younger brother, Matthew. Mike lived in various cities in Michigan during his younger years. He was homeschooled for the majority of his grade school years before attending Michigan Lutheran High School in St. Joseph, MI, where he enjoyed participating in band, choir, baseball, and basketball. At the encouragement of his teachers, pastors, and parents, he began his studies for the pastoral ministry at MLC in the fall of 2004, and there met his bride, Sarah nee Crabtree, from Phoenix, AZ. In 2012 he graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary and is excited to serve the Lord as an admissions counselor at MLC. He looks forward to talking to high school students and encouraging them to use their unique gifts and talents to glorify the Lord and to serve others. Mike and Sarah are very grateful for the warm welcome that the MLC family has given them, and they look forward to being a part of that family in the years ahead!