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Sonnenbergs Serve in Tanzania

diane-sonnenburg3Tim Sonnenberg ('88) and his wife, Diane, have been serving as Global Mission Volunteers with the ELCA. Tim retired in 2012 as senior pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Wauseon, Ohio, and Diane retired as a Clinical Social Worker and Family Therapist with Lutheran Social Services of Northwest Ohio.

Since September of 2012, Tim and Diane have taught during the Fall Semester at Makumira Lutheran Seminary and University near Arusha, Tanzania in East Africa. They teach second-year students in the Bachelor of Theology Program. Tim teaches the Worship Class and Diane teaches an Introduction to Psychology course.

Their class consists of 30 students from many different tribes throughout Tanzania. Diane also teaches Developmental Psychology in the Bachelor of Counseling Program at the University.  Much of the class discussion deals with topics such as ancestor worship, demon possession, and other traditional African cultural practices.

Tim and Diane will be returning to Tanzania this September to teach for their third year. The Sonnenbergs have created a blog of pictures and reflections of their experiences at