Rev. Ted Huffman

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Personal:
Born: June 15, 1953
Big Timber, Montana
Married: June 22, 1973
Susan R. Huffman
Ordained: September 10, 1978
United Church of Christ
Children: Isaac Ross Huffman
Rachel Eve Calabrese
Grandchildren: Elliot Thomas Huffman
Emmala Eve Huffman
Eliza Serenity Huffman
Patrick Anthony Calabrese
Hobbies: Woodworking
Wooden Canoe Building
Canoeing & Kayaking
Hiking
Camping
Aviation
Reading
Travel

MY CONTACT
Email: thuffman53@mac.com

EDUCATION

ï Rocky Mountain College, Billings MT (BA – Philosophy/Independent Studies) 1974 Summa Cum Laude - Valedictorian
ï Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago IL (D.Min. – Ministry – CTS Program included all requirements for M.Div. plus additional practical and academic work) 1978 with Distinction
ï University of Wyoming, Laramie WY (Candidate for MA – Adult & Post Secondary Education) current GPA = 4.0

ECCLESIASTICAL STANDING

ï Ordained September 10, 1978, Yellowstone Association, Montana-Northern Wyoming Conference, United Church of Christ.
ï Current Standing, Black Hills Association, South Dakota Conference, United Church of Christ.
ï Certified as a Specialist in Church Education by Local Church Ministries, United Church of Christ, 1990. Certification renewed 1995, 2000, 2005, 2009.

CONGREGATIONS SERVED

Adams County Parish, United Church of Christ, Hettinger and Reeder, North Dakota (1978-1985)
• Congregational growth despite decreasing population
Active youth ministries
Significant increase in OCWM and other mission support
Increased participation of members in Association, Conference and National settings of the church
Developed dialogue worship leadership style
Constitutional revisions, operating structure changes

Wright Community Congregational United Church of Christ, Boise, Idaho (1985-1995)
• Congregational growth
Significant increase in OCWM and other mission support
Increased participation of members in Association, Conference and National settings of the church
Active youth ministries
Collegial leadership style, involving teams of worship leaders
Significant capital development, including raising funds for increasing property holdings, major building renovations, accessibility projects

First Congregational Untied Church of Christ, Rapid City, South Dakota (1995 – Present)
• Congregational growth
Growth in local mission and outreach
Increased leadership of congregation in Association, Conference and National settings of the church
Began program of building homes with Habitat for Humanity
Capital funds development, accessibility project
Purchased new musical instruments, organ expansion project, new piano, additional hand bells, Orff instruments
Developed Worship Arts Education Program
Expanding Emerging Ministries including Costa Rica Sister Church Partnership, Reservation Firewood Project, and other lay-led programs

ASSOCIATION, CONFERENCE, NATIONAL, AND WIDER CHURCH SERVICE

Present:
• Trustee - South Dakota United Church of Christ Foundation
• Native Lands Task Force - South Dakota Conference, Untied Church of Christ

Chairperson – West River Sexual Misconduct Response Team – South Dakota Conference United Church of Christ
Partner in Education – South Dakota Conference United Church of Christ

Past:
• Planning Team - Wawoohola Cross Cultural Camp, South Dakota Conference, United Church of Christ
Educational Consultant - Local Church Ministries United Church of Christ (17 years)
Board of Directors - Local Church Ministries, United Church of Christ
Parish Life and Leadership Team - Local Church Ministries, United Church of Christ
Personnel Committee - Local Church Ministries, United Church of Christ
Writer - Worship and Arts Resources for Blessing and Letting Go - Faith Practices Resources, United Church Press
Licensed Ministry Programs Review Committee - Yankton College
Editor - Hospitality Module - Faith Practices Education Resources, United Church Press
Moderator – South Dakota Conference United Church of Christ
Board of Directors – South Dakota Conference United Church of Christ
National Coordinating Committee – Association of United Church Educators
General Synod Voice Without Vote Delegate – Association of United Church Educators
Dean – Music, Arts, Dance and Drama Camp – Placerville Camp, United Church of Christ
Chairperson – Nominating Committee – South Dakota Conference United Church of Christ
Chairperson – Finance Committee – South Dakota Conference United Church of Christ
Curriculum Coordinator – National Design Team – International Pilgrimages with Youth
Planning Team 1996 National Youth Event United Church of Christ
Planning Team 2002 West Central Regional Youth Event United Church of Christ
Planning Teams 1990 & 1994 Western Regional Youth Events United Church of Christ
Chair – Education Commission Central Pacific Conference United Church of Christ
Director – Exodus Water Sports Camp – Central Pacific Conference United Church of Christ
Dean – Music, Arts & Drama Camp – Central Pacific Conference United Church of Christ
Director – Youth as Leaders Event – Central Pacific Conference United Church of Christ
Moderator – Idaho Association United Church of Christ
Member – Search Committees for General Minister and President, Associate General Minister, United Church of Christ
Coordinator - General Synod Youth Delegation, Central Pacific Conference, United Church of Christ.
Member – Conference Minister Search Committee – Northern Plains Conference United Church of Christ
Director – Family Camp – Northern Plains Conference United Church of Christ
Member – Office for Church Life and Leadership consultation on the Manual on the Ministry
Chairperson – Committee on Ministry, Northern Plains Conference, United Church of Christ

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS/CERTIFICATIONS

International Conference of Police Chaplains - full member - Certified at the Basic Level
Certified Specialist in Christian Education
Religious Education Association
Association of United Church Educators
Chorister’s Guild
Fellowship of Biblical Storytellers
Hymn Society of North America
Leadership Rapid City
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, professional member
Certified in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
Body Talk Access Technician

LAW ENFORCEMENT
Sheriff’s Chaplain, Pennington County Sheriff’s Department, 2013 - present
International Conference of Police Chaplains Certified Chaplain

TEACHING POSITIONS

Adjunct Professor of Christian Education, Yankton College

Developed curriculum, selected textbooks and served as primary instructor.
Developed research proposals for the use of computer-mediated teaching.
Designed and taught Yankton College’s first on-line class

Licensed Ministry Instructor, Cotner College

Developed curriculum, selected textbooks and served as primary instructor for Introduction to Christian Education in the Cotner College Licensed Ministry Program.

PUBLICATIONS

1977 “Meanings Emerge” Chicago Theological Seminary Register LXVII (2). An exploration of emerging phenomenological and ontological meanings in very young children.
1978
A Framework of Interpretation for Pastoral Marital Counseling, Chicago IL:Chicago Theological Seminary Press.
1994
The Inviting Word: Leader’s Guide for Older Youth, with Harle-Mould, Hope Douglas J. Cleveland OH: United Church Press.
1994
The Inviting Word: Learner’s Guide for Older Youth, with Harle-Mould, Hope Douglas J. Cleveland OH: United Church Press.
1995
The Inviting Word: Leader’s Guide for Older Youth, with Lowdermilk, Janet C.; Birkland, Carol, Peters, Kelly B. Cleveland OH: United Church Press.
1995
The Inviting Word: Learner’s Guide for Older Youth, with Lowdermilk, Janet C.; Birkland, Carol, Peters, Kelly B. Cleveland OH: United Church Press.
1996
The Inviting Word: Leader’s Guide for Older Youth, with Zull, Charlene; Hadsall, Pamela D.; Throckmorton, Hamilton C. Cleveland OH: United Church Press.
1996
The Inviting Word: Learner’s Guide for Older Youth, with Zull, Charlene; Hadsall, Pamela D.; Throckmorton, Hamilton C. Cleveland OH: United Church Press.
1996
Affirming Faith: A Congregation’s Guide to Confirmation, with Kealahou Alika, Elizabeth Ann Bassham, Dale E. Carmen, Cynthia J. Carr, Gary L. Davis, Barbara J. Essex, Stephen R. Hanning, William Noel Koch, Rosemary McCombs Maxey, Faé R. Nebres, Margarita Sánchez De León, Kent J. Siladi, Michael O. Simmons, Hamilton Coe Throckmorton and Rodney C. Yee. Cleveland, OH: United Church Press ISBN 0-8298-1065-X.
1996
Affirming Faith: A Confirmand’s Journal, with Kealahou Alika, Elizabeth Ann Bassham, Dale E. Carmen, Cynthia J. Carr, Gary L. Davis, Barbara J. Essex, Stephen R. Hanning, William Noel Koch, Rosemary McCombs Maxey, Faé R. Nebres, Margarita Sánchez De León, Kent J. Siladi, Michael O. Simmons, Hamilton Coe Throckmorton and Rodney C. Yee. Cleveland, OH: United Church Press ISBN 0-8298-1066-8.
1997 “Celebrating the Word with All Ages”
In Season 4 (1) with Susan R. Huffman.
1997 “Celebrating the Word with All Ages”
In Season 4 (2) with Susan R. Huffman.
1998 “Celebrating the Word with All Ages”
In Season 4 (3) with Susan R. Huffman.
1998 “Celebrating the Word with All Ages”
In Season 4 (4) with Susan R. Huffman.
1998 “Celebrating the Word with All Ages”
In Season 5 (1) with Susan R. Huffman.
1998 “Celebrating the Word with All Ages”
In Season 5 (2) with Susan R. Huffman.
1999 “Celebrating the Word with All Ages”
In Season 5 (3) with Susan R. Huffman.
1999 “Celebrating the Word with All Ages”
In Season 5 (4) with Susan R. Huffman.
2002 “Devotions for September”
The Chorister 54 (2) with Susan R. Huffman.
2002 “Devotions for October”
The Chorister 54 (2) with Susan R. Huffman.
2002 “Devotions for November”
The Chorister 54 (3) with Susan R. Huffman.
2002 “Devotions for December”
The Chorister 54 (3) with Susan R. Huffman.
2003 “Devotions for January”
The Chorister 54 (4) with Susan R. Huffman.
2003 “Devotions for February”
The Chorister 54 (4) with Susan R. Huffman.
2003 “Devotions for March”
The Chorister 54 (5) with Susan R. Huffman.
2003 “Devotions for April”
The Chorister 54 (5) with Susan R. Huffman.
2003 “Devotions for May”
The Chorister 54 (6) with Susan R. Huffman.
2004 “Devotions for March”
The Chorister 55 (5) with Susan R. Huffman.
2004 “Devotions for April”
The Chorister 55 (5) with Susan R. Huffman.
2004 “Jesus Calls Disciples” The Clergy Journal LXXX (8).
2004 “The Beatitudes” The Clergy Journal LXXX (8).
2004 “Moses on the Mountain with God” The Clergy Journal LXXX (8).
2004 “Prayer and Fasting” The Clergy Journal LXXX (8).
2004 “Cut Paper Art”
The Chorister 55 (5) with Susan R. Huffman.
2005
International Pilgrimages with Youth Manual St. Louis MO: Association of United Church Educators.
2005 “Encourage and Build Up” The Clergy Journal LXXXI (7).
2005 “The Coming Judgment” The Clergy Journal LXXXI (7).
2005 “Do Not Forget” The Clergy Journal LXXXI (7).
2005 “Keep Awake” The Clergy Journal LXXXI (7).
2006 “Jesus Calls Disciples” The Clergy Journal LXXXII (8).
2006 “The Beatitudes” The Clergy Journal LXXXII (8).
2006 “Moses on the Mountain with God” The Clergy Journal LXXXII (8).
2006 “Prayer and Fasting” The Clergy Journal LXXXII (8).
2007 “A New Song” The Clergy Journal LXXXIII (7).
2007 “Recall All That God Has Done” The Clergy Journal LXXXIII (7).
2007 “Servant of the Gospel” The Clergy Journal LXXXIII (7).
2007 “Baptized” The Clergy Journal LXXXIII (7).
2008 “Anything Good?” The Clergy Journal LXXXIV (5).
2008 “Four Disciples Called” The Clergy Journal LXXXIV (5).
2008 “Teaching With Authority” The Clergy Journal LXXXIV (5).
2008 “A Lonely Place to Pray” The Clergy Journal LXXXIV (5).
2008 “Choosing to Heal” The Clergy Journal LXXXIV (5).
2009 “A New Commandment,” The Clergy Journal LXXXV (5).
2009 “Peace I Leave,” The Clergy Journal LXXXV (5).
2009 “Lifted Up,” The Clergy Journal LXXXV (5).
2009 “That They All May Be One” The Clergy Journal LXXXV (5).
2009 “Flames of the Spirit” The Clergy Journal LXXXV (5).
2009 “Justified by Faith” The Clergy Journal LXXXV (5).
2009 “Enough to Share” The Clergy Journal LXXXV (5).
2010 “All Authority” The Clergy Journal LXXXVI (5).
2010 “God Will Provide” The Clergy Journal LXXXVI (5).
2010 “A Wife for Isaac” The Clergy Journal LXXXVI (5).
2010 “Two in One” The Clergy Journal LXXXVI (5).
2010 “Children of God” The Clergy Journal LXXXVI (5).
2010 “Sighs Too Deep for Words” The Clergy Journal LXXXVI (5).
2010 “Cut Off From My Own” The Clergy Journal LXXXVI (5).
2010
Giving and Receiving Hospitality (Adults) (Faith Practices) London: Circle Books.
2015
An Exploration of Hospitality: How Wide Is Your Welcome? with Ben D. Anderson. Rapid City, SD: Break Through Inc.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

1974 Dean’s Prize for academic excellence, Rocky Mountain College, Billings, Montana.
1974 Valedictorian, Rocky Mountain College Class of 1974.
1974-1975 President’s Prize Scholar, Chicago Theological Seminary.
2005 Excellence in Teaching, awarded by Local Church Ministries, A Covenanted Ministry of the United Church of Christ at the 2005 General Synod of the United Church of Christ, July 3, 2005.
2009 Rushmore Honors, awarded by the Cultural Affairs Committee of the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce for outstanding contributions to the arts in Rapid City.

CONTINUING EDUCATION

This list is not inclusive. Some events include:

• Lilly Sabbatical - June - August, 2006 - Ministry on the Frontier - Sacred Places - South Dakota, British Columbia and Australia
Lakota Perspectives in Mental Health and Suicide Prevention - October 27 - 28, 2008 - 14 hours. Continuing Education Credits awarded.
Accessible to All: Conversations and Awareness Training for Ministries with Persons Living with Disabilities - October 22, 2009 - 4 contact hours.
Human Rights Policies, Procedures, and Advocacy - November 12, 2009 - 2 contact hours.
Partners in Education National Event - February 1 - 2, 2010 - 18 contact hours.
Effective Suicide Postvention and Care for Caregivers - September 9, 2010 - 6.5 contact hours. Continuing Education Credits awarded.
Sudden and Traumatic Loss: What Every Caregiver and First Responder Needs to Know - September 10, 2010 - 7 contact hours. Continuing Education Credits awarded.
Boundary Training - April 29 - 30, 2011 - 12 contact hours Continuing Education Credit awarded.
Sacred Conversations on Race - September 5 - 7, 2011
Sabbatical 2011 - 3 months of intensive study of “Blessing and Letting Go”
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) - January 19 - 20, 2012 - 15 contact hours. Continuing Education Credits awarded.
“Renew, Refresh, Re-imagine” The United Church of Christ Musicians National Network 2012 Conference - June 22 - 25, 2012. Three days of intensive experiences in worship, music, and workshops focused on local congregational leadership.
“Welcoming Them Home: Supporting Military Soldiers and Families; supporting Released Incarcerated Persons” - September 13, 2012 - 3.5 contact hours.
“Working for People with Developmental Disabilities: Developing Relationships, Empowering, Creating a Culture of Care” - Black Hills Works - 12 contact hours plus supervised research. Black Hills Works. April - May, 2013
“Coroner Laws and Duties” Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Captain Corey Brubakken, instructor. - 2 contact hours - May 20, 2013.
"The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals" (The Great Courses, Course No 9313) Dr. Hannah B. Harvey - 12 hours video instruction plus six textbooks - December 2014 - January 2015.
"Congregations Alive II: Weaving Us Together in Faith" - Dr. Rodger Y. Nishioka, Benton Family Associate Professor of Christian Education, Columbia Theological Seminary, through the Rocky Mountain Conference, United Church of Christ, 22 contact hours - February 5 -7, 2015.
"Procedures for evidence preservation and collection in unattended deaths." - Dan Wordal, Pennington County Sheriff's Office. - 2 contact hours - March 20, 2015
"Excited Delirium and Appropriate Responses" - 2 contact hours - April 10, 2015.
Sacred Conversations on Race." South Dakota Conference, United Church of Christ, 16 contact hours - April 16 - 18, 2015.
"Body Talk Access" - Melanie Palm, instructor - 8 Contact Hours - April 25, 2015.
"Person-Centered Excellence" - The Council on Quality and Leadership - Jill Westring, Barney Hubert, instructors - 6 contact hours - April 29 - 30, 2015.
International Conference of Police Chaplains Region 3 Training Seminar - October 19-22, 2015 - 13.5 contact hours - Completed the following courses: Crime Scene Procedures and Blood Born Pathogens; Regional Gang and Drug Activity; Death Notification; K9 Demonstration; Confidentiality and Legal Liability; Sensitivity and Diversity; Police Stress; Officer Death or Injury; and Death Investigation.
QPRT Suicide Risk Detection, Risk Assessment and Risk Management Course - QPR Institute, Stephanie Schweitzer Dixon Master Trainer - 7 Contact Hours NBCC Provider #5889 - Successfully Passed Competency Based Testing - February 24, 2016.
* Healthy Boundaries 101 - Fundamentals: A Course for Clergy and Spiritual Teachers - FaithTrust Institute, Dr. Gordon Rankin, instructor - 4 contact hours - meets requirement for recurrent boundary training as defined by the Committee on Ministry of the South Dakota Conference, United Church of Christ - October 12, 2016.
* "Introduction to Law Enforcement Chaplaincy" - International Conference of Police Chaplains Annual Training Conference - 1.5 contact hours - July 10, 2017.
* "Creating an Ethical Culture" - International Conference of Police Chaplains Annual Training Conference - 1.5 contact hours - July 10, 2017.
* "Stress Management" - International Conference of Police Chaplains Annual Training Conference - 1.5 contact hours - July 11, 2017.
* "Ceremonies and Events" - International Conference of Police Chaplains Annual Training Conference - 1.5 contact hours - July 11. 2017.
* "Concerns of Police Survivors" - International Conference of Police Chaplains Annual Training Conference - 1.5 contact hours - July 11, 2017.
* "Suicide" - International Conference of Police Chaplains Annual Training Conference - 1.5 contact hours - July 11, 2017.
* "Ethics" - International Conference of Police Chaplains Annual Training Conference - 1.5 contact hours - July 12, 2017.
* "Responding to a Crisis" - International Conference of Police Chaplains Annual Training Conference - 1.5 contact hours - July 12, 2017.
* "Law Enforcement Family" - International Conference of Police Chaplains Annual Training Conference - 1.5 contact hours - July 12, 2017.

INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY PARTNERSHIPS

Community Christian Church of Los Guido, Costa Rica

International Pilgrimages with Youth

International Conference of Police Chaplains

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Present:
• Ethics Committee - Black Hills Works
Human Rights Committee - Black Hills Works
Intensive Training and Supervision Advisory Panel - Black Hills Works
Pennington County Suicide Prevention Task Force
Board of Directors, South Dakotans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
Member, Pennington County LOSS (Local Outreach to Survivors of Suicide) Team
Board of Directors Member - Bells of the Hills
* Board of Directors, Front Porch Coalition


Past:
• Public Relations Committee - Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity
Church Relations Committee - Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity
Board of Directors - United Campus Ministries
Vice President for Individual Donors – Allied Arts Fund Drive
Board Member – Rapid City Downtown Kiwanis Club
Leadership Rapid City
Board Member – Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity
Board of Directors Member – Black Hills Chamber Music Society

ENDORSEMENTS

“Ted works extremely hard at meeting the needs of our entire community and embodies the extravagant welcome that is desired by our church. Ted works well with people of all ages, often helping with the youth and children of our church. Ted is strong of faith and leads his life of faith in noticeable ways. He is an integral part of many organizations in our community and reaches out to those in need. Ted is very high energy and works well with many different personalities.” - Church layperson, known 17+ years.

“Ted enlivens the discussion at our clergy book study group. He reads widely and eclectically and has many suggestions about what book we might take up next. He ties these readings to the faith journey that we share and is always seeking ways to turn the new ideas we discover into action for justice.”
“Ted shares leadership in collegial fashion with the other members of the staff. He empowers and encourages clergy and lay alike in their work for the church.”
“Ted connects the various ministry settings within the UCC with grace and harmony. He is an exemplary church leader.”
- Minister Colleague, known 5+ years

“Pastor Ted drew me into the First Congregational UCC Church with his message of God’s love. Ted is a passionate leader with a wonderful ability to preach messages, week after week, that are clear and applicable to daily living. He is effective in working with all ages. He often calls upon others outside of the church whether they are home bound or simply at home needing the love and acceptance of Christ brought into their current life challenge. Ted blends a vision for the future, with an open mind to new ideas, with the tradition and simplicity of biblical teachings. He is personable to a diverse population and can thus weave a spiritual message that all can take home and use during the week.”
“Pastor Ted is an effective leader and teacher. He regularly utilizes and recognizes the strengths of individuals and groups within the church to carry out our church’s wider mission. He teaches with passion and knowledge and he leads with wisdom and understanding. He helps others within the church find solutions to presented challenges and is able to help others resolve conflict in a diplomatic and caring manner. He manages our church with integrity and heart. Pastor Ted has a strong commitment to this flock; he is our steadfast, faith filled leader.”
- Church layperson, known 7+ years

“I am delighted to sing Ted Huffman’s praises! We have been blessed to have him as our minister within our family’s faith journey! He has so many qualities that appeal to all of us in our eclectic and widely varied family. My husband greatly appreciates his quick wit and humor and ability to relate scripture to our every day lives. My son appreciates Ted’s accessibility and personality, as he has spent many hours with him at camp, on the road, talking about canoes, wood working, and being the best possible human as his gift to the world. My daughter appreciates that Ted’s sermons engage her, and that with other pastors, she is tempted to ‘drift off to sleep.’ I love his ability to relate to all ages, all backgrounds, all political affiliations, all God’s children with the same enthusiasm and interest.”
“We are all delighted that he has attracted and inspired a vastly varied and widely eclectic church family, with a congregation of non-judgmental, open-hearted people who are willing to ‘walk their talk’ or at least continually attempt to walk with integrity. Ted has been an inspiration to all of us in broadening our welcome, opening our hearts and arms wider, and trusting our ability to deepen a direct connection with our loving God. From the moment we stepped into the church as visitors looking for a church home, we knew we were home because we FELT it. Ted provides a palpable welcome that enveloped us like a hug. We had been to many churches before finding this one, and Ted is the reason we stayed. I’ve heard our kids describe him to others as a cross between Garrison Keillor, Santa Claus and a favorite uncle. Ted Huffman is a rare gem. His brilliance reflects all the colors of the rainbow equally. He has changed our family with his guidance, and we are very grateful that he continues to touch each one of us in his unique ability to meet us where we are, completely, fully and unconditionally. We thank God for the blessing he is.”
- Church layperson, known 10+ years

“Ted Huffman is a most gifted and capable minister and teacher, and administrator. Ted fulfills the church’s call with a wonderful combination of pastoral care, administrative acumen, inspired preaching, and prophetic vision. He is a person of uncommon intelligence paired with seemingly inexhaustible energy, so he gets things done and you know they are going to be the best. When I have worked with Ted in local church ministry, on conference-wide boards, in camp programs, and in national church education and mission ministries, I have always been confident that good work will be accomplished. Ted offers expertise, drive, and good humor in group ministry, and you can count on him being thorough in attending to diverse project details. I am amazed at Ted’s ability to help others see the ‘big picture’ scheme of life and ministry, and yet still so humbly attend to the individual pastoral cares and spiritual needs that people may have. Ted is a person who is passionate in his fidelity to the call and compassionate in his care for all he meets on the faith journey.”
- Minister colleague, known 10+ years

“As a member of the congregation, I commend Rev. Huffman on his care for, passion of, and involvement in the church. For example, not only does Dr. Rev. Ted Huffman have a strong personal faith, he also has the unique ability to relate his belief to the congregation. His sermons are often anecdotal to his own life, allowing for the message to be remembered all week, rather than only on Sundays. His sermons also include scholarly looks at the Biblical texts, allowing for the congregation to see the scriptures and lessons as living texts applicable to their everyday lives. He is attentive in how to make worship and Jesus part of his congregation’s lives.”
“Rev. Huffman’s strengths also lie in his service to the local community. Being close to one of the poorest areas in the country, Pine Ridge Reservation, our church serves the reservation in various capacities, one of those giving firewood and other resources. Rev. Huffman remains personally involved in these activities, driving wood down and helping with the ministries in the native populations.”
“Part of my involvement in the church includes worship, and Rev. Huffman is very creative and involved with the worship services. Music and special services are important aspects to the worship experience, and Rev. Huffman supports these talents as part of the church. He continually encourages different genres of music and different ages and musical aspects to be present in worship; this endorsement of the arts in worship is refreshing and fun.”
“Overall, Rev. Huffman’s dedication to the community and his local congregation is passionate and genuine.”
- Church layperson, known 17+ years

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