3400 East 49th Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57103 | Phone: 605.371.2065
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.
Dawna Wetzel is our new Administrative Assistant as of September 2021. She is married to Ben Wetzel. He is a Master Certified Commercial Kitchen repair technician. In 2015, he was asked to relocate here, Sioux Falls, SD from the Blairstown (Cedar Rapids area), IA area in 2015. Dawna has been a stay-at- home mom for 11 years beginning with Sarai and two years later Willow. After the birth of her son in 2016 she entered the work force on a part time basis. Dawna has a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and played with the WCFSymphony among other smaller groups. Later, she returned to school to receive her teaching certification. She has many hobbies which include: other musical instruments, hiking with her kids, and cross-stitching.
A United Methodist Faith Community
I am pleased to join the Southern Hills leadership team as Education Chair. I have a passion for learning and teaching. I look forward to working with Church members and educators to assist Southern Hills in providing quality educational offerings for adults and children alike. My goal is to help us as Christians to always strive for a better understanding of scripture and our place in God's world.
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.
Lauri Jackson
Youth Group Leader
Dawna Wetzel
Administrative Assistant
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
Dan Akkerman
Education Chair
Rebecca Zabel
Ministry Council Team
Mike Vander Vorste
Finance Committee Chair