Kent Bohls

Kent is a proud Texas, born in Taylor, Texas.  He cherishes his family legacy carring his mother's maiden name, Kent and Lee for his father Leon.  Kent was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran in Taylor.  He received his BA degree from the University of Texas as did his father, wife Joan, three children, his brothers and two nephews.  He graduated from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN and was ordained July 14, 1974.  Kent interned at Oak Cliff Lutheran, Dallas and served Trinity, Stonewall, Risen Lord, Odessa and Gethsemane, Austin when he retired in 2014.  Kent loved to create community wherever he served, whether through education, Habitat for Humanity, border ministry or traveling with groups from church around the world.  He loves his famiy history and is active in the annual Pfluger Family reunions in writing and collecting Pfluger, Bohls and Kent family histories.  Kent loves living with  Joan at the 9E Ranch with his Texas longhorns and in Angel Fire, New Mexico.  He loves his six grandchildren and  belives in Rotary's mission of "Service Above Self" and celebrates life as an adventure.  

Joan Yelderman Bohls

Joan was fortunate to have been raised on a ranch near Rosenberg where where spent days outside gazing at clouds, stars, sunrises and riding horses, playing with cats, chickens and doves.  She was surrounded by farm animals.  Joan's awareness of God began in days in nature and church.  Knowing God was part of early memories.   Joan only wanted to be a wife and mother but like a river life took her many places she never dreamed.  Joan graduated from the University of Texas, received her Master's Degree  and had 25 year career in education as a teacher, Educational Diagnostician and administrator.  She loved children and being part of their lives. 

Joan co-founded the New Century  Garden Club in 1976 in Rosenberg, ,has been member of several garden clubs and a docent at the Lady Bird Wildflower Center.  Conservation/ nature has been a passion and when her siblings sold their part of the 9E Ranch, she kept her 300 acres, built 4 cabins and started sharing the 9E Ranch that she calls a  "thin place" between heaven and earth" with guests.  She had a conservation easement put on the 9E Ranch so it cannot be divided and developed.  On Nevember 16, 1998 checking the survey line days before it was divided she got lost due to darkness and was found early in the morning.  Psalm 16 was the devotional scripture the next morning. and is meaningful.  She and Kent have enjoyed welcoming guests for many years (beginning in 2000)  always remembering Hebrews 13:1,2  "Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it" 

Joan's love for beauty and art lead her back to the University of Texas where she studied oil painting. She is a part of Outdoor Painter Society, Plein Aire Painters of New Mexico and enjoys painting otdoors.  Joan is also a Rotarian  and in the DAR, Bastrop Book Club, Retired Teachers, Smithville Garden Club.