Fostering Communities of Hope


Farm Strategy Table
Dakota Wesleyan University
Knox Conference Room – Rollins Campus Center
February 20, 2020
9 AM – 3 PM

The South Dakota Synod is organizing a strategy table session on how we, as people of faith, can work with community leaders in caring for our farmers in light of the difficult 2019 planting and harvest season as well as the forecast for 2020. Topics that will be discussed will include the current agriculture economic situation, mental health and suicide prevention, building resilient communities, and time for networking.


9:00 AM – Registration
9:30 AM – Opening Devotions – Bishop Constanze Hagmaier, SD Synod
10:00 AM – State of the Economy – Jack Davis, SDSU Extension
11:00 AM – Break
11:15 AM – Building Resiliency (Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Panel)
Dr. Andrea Bjornestad (SDSU Extension), April Bolton, LPC-MH, NCC, QMPH (LSS), Dr. Anne Kelly (Dakota Wesleyan University), Karl Oehlke, PA-C (Avera Behavioral Health)

12:15 PM – Lunch
12:45 PM – Fostering Hope – Rev. Alan Blankenfeld, Moody County Cares
1:45 PM – Break
2:00 PM – Networking and Resource Sharing – Rev. Rhonda Wellsandt-Zell (Pastor at Trinity Lutheran, Mitchell and certified ELCA Coach)
3:00 PM – Departure

Cost – $25 (includes lunch)

Presenters and Panelists:
Rev. Alan Blankenfeld – Moody County Cares
Dr. Andrea Bjornestad – SDSU Extension
April Bolton, LPC-MH, NCC, QMPH – LSS
Jack Davis – SDSU Extension
Bishop Constanze Hagmaier – SD Synod ELCA
Dr. Anne Kelly – Dakota Wesleyan University
Karl Oehlke, PA-C – Avera Behavioral Health
Rev. Rhonda Wellsandt-Zell – Trinity Lutheran, Mitchell
  • Fostering Communities of Hope
    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Venue Phone: 800-333-8506

Venue Website:

1200 W University Avenue, Mitchell, South Dakota, 57301, United States

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