Church Leader Profiles
I’ve been coordinating Youth on activities since 2009. Originally volunteering as a leader to offer a place for my own kids to grow closer to God, I quickly found that I wanted to make sure all of middle and high school students in our church had a place to belong and to grow. My favorite part of Wednesday nights is participating in service projects with the youth. I love the way our youth embrace serving others, and not just talking about it, but showing that we truly are the hands and feet of God.
Sunday 8:30 AM Traditional Worship In-Person/Online Sunday 10:30 AM Contemporary Worship In-Person/Online
Rebecca Zabel is a native of Minnesota and has been in Sioux Falls since 2018. She finished her MBA in 2021 and works to support family-owned businesses. Rebecca enjoys golfing and crocheting in her spare time. She has been attending Southern Hills since 2020 and is excited to get more involved with the Southern Hills community and help coordinate ministry efforts for church members and outreach into the community.
Mike Vander Vorste has lived in Sioux Falls since 1996, and has attended Southern Hills since 2016. He has worked in many local industries including Fuel Ethanol production, Precast Concrete, and Power Technologies. He is currently an Associate District Manager for Ecolab Food and Beverage. Mike has a passion for serving Christ and brings this to his efforts as Finance Committee Chair.
3400 East 49th Street Sioux Falls, SD 57103 (605) 371-2065
Lauri Jackson
Youth Group Leader
Don Vanderlip, as a young man growing up in Pennsylvania, felt the call to ministry. Don earned his BA in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Sioux Falls. During his time in college Don received a scholarship to play baseball at USF, was involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and was a Resident Director. After College, Don spent the next three years earning his Master’s in Divinity from Sioux Falls Seminary. He has served as Youth Pastor for 14 years in Sioux Falls churches, with eight of those years in the service of the United Methodist Church. One of Don’s greatest joys in life is helping people grow in their walk with Jesus. Don, his wife, Kristi, a teacher in the Sioux Falls School District, and his children Madisyn, Hudsen, and Cahlen look forward to getting to know you!
Pastor Don Vanderlip
Church Pastor
Rebecca Zabel
Ministry Council Team
Mike Vander Vorste
Finance Committee Chair