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From the President Fall 2012 Volume 4 Number 1

Convicted Civility Election season is in full swing—yard signs and bumper stickers are everywhere, proclaiming support for various people or positions. Bethel students and faculty are deeply engaged in the issues as we translate our faith into politics: many on campus are reading Richard Mouw’s Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World, and leading up to the election, we’ve planned a series of chapels on having difficult conversations and living with “convicted civility” in an uncivil time. This issue of Bethel Magazine will give you a glimpse of convicted civility in practice, both in those areas of the university where we learn and apply it, and in the world, where it is bearing fruit in graduates’ lives. At Bethel, staff and faculty regularly take bold and uncomfortable steps to help our students learn to have courageous conversations (see p. 18), the kind of dialogues that lead to growth, understanding, and maturity. And Bethel grads carry their commitment to convicted civility out into the world. A number serve in national, state, or local politics as elected officials (on both sides of the aisle) or government workers. Randy Hultgren ’87, our commencement speaker last spring, is one of them. Read about him and other alums who serve in government on p. 12. The ability to state our beliefs with conviction while entering into civil conversations with those who hold different beliefs should be one of the desired educational outcomes for any school of Bethel University. Such skill is consistent—as Mouw suggests—with maturity in our spiritual lives (Gal.

Senior Vice President for Communications and Marketing Sherie J. Lindvall ’70

Editor Michelle Westlund ’83 Senior Consulting Editor for Bethel Seminary Scott Wible S’02 Contributors

Samantha Allgood ’12 Barb Carlson Nicole Finsaas ’14 Erik Gruber ’06 Jared Johnson Kelsey Lundberg Suzanne McInroy Cindy Pfingsten Scott Streble Tricia Theurer Nicolle Westlund ’09 Suzanne Yonker GS’09

Design Darin Jones ’97

Staff Photographer Woody Dahlberg ’69

President James (Jay) H. Barnes III

Vice President for Constituent Relations Ralph Gustafson ’74, S’78

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Getting Their Kicks

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Senior Kelsey Flaherty and the women’s soccer team have had great success this season, as the Royals are on the brink of a playoff berth. For more fall sports highlights, check out the new look of Sports News on p. 10!

Departments Campus News


12 Electing to Serve


18 The Courage to Confront

Welcome Week 2012, physics professor receives Bethel’s first National Science Foundation grant, Homecoming 2012


Recently published books by Bethel faculty members



The King Family Foundation Child Development Center


Meet eight Bethel grads who serve in political and government careers, from local communities to Capitol Hill.

Bethel experts teach us about courageous conversations and speaking the truth in love.

21 Whole and Holy


College of Arts & Sciences students, seminarians, and adult learners share a defining sense of purpose: to be whole and holy. Read about their pursuit of the “whole of life, wholly surrendered.”


24 What Would Jesus Write?

Joel Shaffer, Sodexo dining service employee, St. Paul

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Journalists who follow Christ face challenges to their training and their faith. See how Bethel prepares them to be salt and light in a media-saturated culture.

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Welcome Week 2012

Heard on Twitter “Your professor begins class by saying she’s been praying for you by name ever since she got the class list this summer.” @rachelneedham


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photo by Scott Streble

About 840 new students, including freshmen and transfers, started their college experience at Bethel University during Welcome Week 2012.

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Class of 2016 by the Numbers (College of Arts & Sciences) 660 freshmen 59% female, 41% male 11% students of color 30 states represented, as well as Canada, China, Kenya, and Nigeria

25 average ACT score 75% received an academic scholarship 20% will participate in athletics 3% have the last name Johnson

The welcoming crew was overwhelming in a great way! My college experience was so different that this beginning made me want to cry, because my daughter is so privileged to attend Bethel this year. Thank you for starting her out right! —Kim Cooper, Bethel parent

Top 7 Majors 1. Undecided 2. Business/Economics 3. Nursing 4. Biology 5. Elementary Education 6. Psychology 7. Engineering/Physics

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Seminary Welcomes New Students Bethel Seminary St. Paul held its first-ever New Student Welcome event in late summer, welcoming 46 students and guests from Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri who were joined by 12 seminary faculty and staff members. The event was designed to give new incoming students an opportunity to begin building relationships with classmates and professors, while also providing undecided students with a chance to visit campus, meet other students and faculty, and ask questions. Students met at the seminary for a picnic, then headed to Target Field in Minneapolis to watch the Minnesota Twins. “As a seminary student,

I can say that seminary is a journey that was never meant to be traveled alone,” says J.D. Larson, a recruitment intern in the seminary’s Office of Admissions and Recruitment. “The students who attended the welcome event have been given a head start in building the relationships that will support them through their seminary journeys and on through their ministry journeys.” The welcome also allowed new students, still uncertain about seminary, to experience an environment of acceptance, where they could “press into any lingering uncertainties by asking questions and talking with faculty and staff,” says Larson. “If there were students who were still undecided, this event was designed to help them make the best judgment about their next steps.” Bethel Seminary’s various locations began fall classes in late September. Bethel Seminary San Diego began September 17; Bethel Seminary of the East started September 20; and Bethel Seminary St. Paul kicked off September 24.

Bethel Celebrates Reconciliation Day Richard Twiss spoke at chapel on October 10, Bethel’s Reconciliation Day. Twiss, a Native American educator and writer, is a member of the Sicangu-Lakota Oyate. His book One Church Many Tribes— Following Jesus the Way God Made You explores the Native American relationship between faith, creation, and community and the profound impact Native Americans have had on shaping the church’s understanding of the Creator. Twiss is also the co-founder and president of Wiconi International, which works for the betterment of Native Americans and Native American communities.

M.A. in Organizational Leadership Now Online Starting this fall, Bethel’s Graduate School is offering its Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) degree fully online. Designed for busy adults, the 36-credit program equips leaders with the necessary skills to respond in strategic and effective ways. “All of the courses in the MAOL program include online components, because technology needs to be part of a relevant and effective educational experience,” explains Sam Helgerson, program director. “The online MAOL program builds on those strengths and brings a Bethel education to a wider geographical audience.” Taught from a Christian perspective, the degree prepares leaders to balance structure and improvisation in organizations, apply values and ethics to the workplace, and approach challenging circumstances with grace and humility. Students are challenged to pursue meaningful goals, engage their community and organizations, and apply creative and critical thinking to transform situations. In addition, a new emphasis will focus on preparing leaders to develop other leaders. “We have an amazing group of curriculum design experts working with us,” says Helgerson. “They know how to make online community happen, and help develop that sense of presence. That’s part of the reason I am so enthusiastic about this program going online.” The Graduate School will continue to offer this program in a face-to-face format as well. Learn more about the Organizational Leadership program online: organizational-leadership Bethel University


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Physics Professor Awarded National Science Foundation Grant

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Chad Hoyt, associate professor of physics, has been awarded Bethel University’s first National Science Foundation (NSF) research grant. He will receive $230,349 for his project titled “Fiber Laser Frequency Combs for the Advanced Laboratory.” The project

will develop fiber laser frequency combs (FLCs) to use in Bethel’s upper-level undergraduate physics courses and in graduate-level teaching lab courses at the University of Arizona. “Fiber laser frequency combs are like rulers,” Hoyt explains, “but instead of measuring the length dimension like a normal ruler would, they can precisely measure light wavelengths. Picture a comb for one’s hair. The teeth are regularly spaced at a millimeter or so. A frequency comb is like that, except the ‘teeth’ are portions of the light spectrum that are spaced regularly apart at a certain wavelength interval.” The grant provides funding for student researchers to work with Hoyt in his lab during the academic year, interim, and summers until fall 2015. Hoyt will collaborate with the University of Arizona’s R. Jason Jones, who, like Hoyt, is a 1994 Bethel graduate. Two of Hoyt’s 4

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students will spend a summer with Jones’ research group building an FLC, and bring their expertise back to Bethel to build one in an upper-level physics class. While the process may seem complicated, Hoyt anticipates the students will enjoy it. “Experimental work in the lab with students, to me, is the best kind of classroom. Students can learn to be inquisitive and resourceful, and they can catch the excitement of physics,” says Hoyt. If the project is successful at Bethel and the University of Arizona, the goal will be to explain how to replicate it in other schools and teaching labs. “We will carefully look for new, simpler, and cheaper ways to make high-performance FLCs such that other undergraduate institutions can adopt this wonderful advanced laboratory,” Hoyt explains. Hoyt recognizes the support of several private donors, particularly CID, Inc., St. Paul. “This support has helped to develop student research in the Atomic, Molecular, and Optical physics lab,” says Hoyt, “the success of which has directly contributed to this NSF grant.” He also credits the support of Bethel and the work of professors who have come before him. “The success of this proposal is built on some strong shoulders at Bethel,” Hoyt explains. “Dr. Richard Peterson has built the optics part of the Bethel physics department into a nationally recognized success over the past few decades. Bethel has been supportive of my research with students, which has led to this grant.”

Bethel Hosts Healthcare Conference In mid-October, Bethel Seminary and the Bethel University Department of Nursing hosted The Spiritual Dimension of Healthcare conference, funded in part by the Kern Family Foundation. The event drew physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, educators, community clergy, church leaders, and students from all schools of Bethel. Harold Koenig, M.D., director of Duke University’s Center for Spirituality, was a featured speaker, discussing the research, clinical application, and community implications of religion, spirituality, and health. Koenig has published extensively in the fields of mental health, geriatrics, and religion, and his research has been featured nationally and internationally on television, radio, and print media. Additional plenary sessions featured Gary Ferngren, professor of history at Oregon State University; and G. Scott Morris, a family practice physician and ordained minister who founded the Church Health Center in Memphis, Tenn., in 1987. Breakout sessions were led by area practitioners and Bethel nursing faculty.

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Bookmarked Recently published books by Bethel University faculty Radical Reconciliation: Beyond Political Pietism and Christian Quietism by Curtiss DeYoung, Professor of Reconciliation Studies and Co-chair, Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Reconciliation Studies, and Allen Boesak (Orbis Books) Too many reconciliation initiatives fail to remove the weeds of injustice at the roots, and thus stop short of completing the work required. Such political arrangements usually favor the rich and powerful, but deprive the powerless of justice and dignity. This is a form of political pietism, and when Christians refuse to name this situation for what it is, they are practicing Christian quietism. Radical Reconciliation calls for societal reconciliation that is radical— that goes to the roots. DeYoung and South African theologian Boesak offer a vision of reconciliation and social justice that is grounded in biblical truth and their own experience of activism. After re-examining the meaning of reconciliation in the biblical context, they examine Jesus’ role as a radical reconciler and prophet of social justice, then go on to survey the role of reconciliation in religious communities and in the wider society.

Fundamental Critical Care Support Don Postema, Professor of Philosophy, planning committee (Society of Critical Care Medicine) The Society of Critical Care Medicine is the leading professional organization dedicated to ensuring excellence and consistency in the practice of critical care medicine. This textbook, now in its fifth edition, contains chapters on various aspects of caring for the seriously ill patient, including ethics in critical care medicine, which is Postema’s area of expertise.

Thriving in Transitions: A Research-Based Approach to College Student Success Edited by Michelle C. Louis, adjunct Assistant Professor of General Studies, Laurie A. Schreiner, and Denise D. Nelson (University of South Carolina) Thriving in Transitions represents a paradigm shift in the student success literature. Grounded in positive psychology, the thriving concept reframes the student success conversation by focusing on the characteristics amenable to change and that promote high levels of academic, interpersonal, and intrapersonal performance

in the college environment. The authors contend that a focus on remediating student characteristics or merely encouraging specific behaviors is inadequate to promote success in college and beyond. The collection presents six research studies describing the characteristics that predict thriving in different groups of college students, including first-year students, transfer students, high-risk students, students of color, sophomores, and seniors, and offers recommendations for helping students thrive in college and life.

The Anglo-Scottish Border and the Shaping of Identity, 1300-1600 Edited by Mark P. Bruce, Associate Professor of English, and Katherine H. Terrell (Palgrave Macmillan) The Anglo-Scottish border in the late medieval and early modern period was a highly contested region, a militarized zone that was also a place of cultural contact and exchange. The contributors to this volume explore the role of this borderland in the construction of both Scottish and English identities, seeking insight into the role that Scotland and England play in one another’s imaginations.

All books, as well as many others by Bethel faculty, are available at the Campus Store. Shop in person, by phone at 651.638.6202, or online at

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Homecoming 2012


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faith come alive and have been energized to lead and impact the world. Our goal this year was to create space where alumni could reconnect with their Bethel roots, renew friendships, and celebrate what God has done in and through the Bethel community. We met that goal.” View the Homecoming 2012 photo gallery at

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Revitalized. For generations, Bethel University has been a place of formation and a source of spiritual, academic, and personal growth. On October 5-7, more than 2,000 alumni returned to Bethel to reconnect with friends, roommates, professors, and members of the Bethel family. Several departments sponsored alumni events, including athletics teams, the business and economics department, and the library. Seth Paradis, professor of human kinetics and applied health science and director of the biokinetics program, along with some of his students, presented a lecture on what is happening with biokinetics and integrative wellness at Bethel, including prevention, lifestyle, and aging. Alumni gathered to pray for the Bethel community at the annual prayer breakfast. Students, parents, and alums walked and ran around campus during the 5K run/walk. Paul Healy ’77 was recognized as alumnus of the year. He and his wife Marlys are models of Christ’s love in action as they live out the Bethel value of being world-changers through their ministry to homeless children in the Philippines. Members of the National Alumni Board served over the weekend, and Chairperson Scott Wold remarked, “Bethel Homecoming is valuable to me because we have the pleasure of sharing in the fruitfulness of Christ-centered lives.” Nearly 700 alumni celebrated their class reunions on Friday and Saturday nights, and on Saturday, a full football stadium watched an exciting 15-14 lastsecond victory over Concordia. “The weekend was marked by revitalized connections and a celebration of the Bethel legacy,” says Linda Schubring, director of alumni and parent services. “Our alumni have seen their

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Alumni of the Year Paul Healy ’77–College of Arts & Sciences Paul Healy has served homeless children in the Philippines for more than 30 years. Along with six others, he and his wife Marlys (Danielson) founded the Children’s Shelter of Cebu (CSC) to help area children in need. Paul, son of Professor Emeritus Jerry Healy, serves as field director and Marlys as manager of the medical program. The Healys felt called by God to minister to children and share the gospel with them. Alongside their staff, the Healys live out the CSC mission to “glorify God by demonstrating His love to the Philippines as we provide a loving, Christ-centered home with comprehensive medical, educational, and placement services for homeless Filipino children.” Bethel has played

a role in the ministry from the start, when a student donated half of his trust fund to the startup of the organization. The Bethel-CSC connection flourishes today, in partnership with Converge Worldwide churches and with the many Bethel alumni and faculty who serve as staff, volunteers, and supporters. Under the Healys’ leadership and God’s direction, CSC has grown to include four buildings and cares for about 80 kids, including three special Filipino young women whom the couple adopted. Paul and Marlys are models of Christ’s love in action as they live out the Bethel value of being world-changers. View video of Healy at

Dick Varberg ’55, S’58–Bethel Seminary The Bethel Seminary Alumni Council unanimously recommended Dick Varberg as 2012 Bethel Seminary Alumnus of the Year, and he received the award in May at Bethel Seminary St. Paul. Varberg is a 1955 graduate of Bethel College and a 1958 graduate of Bethel Seminary. He served more than 40 years as a missionary in the Philippines and had a hand in planting more than 100 churches. In 1958, he and his wife Elenor sailed to the Philippines with their three-month-old son, Paul, 12 years after the U.S. ceded its sovereignty over the region. Leaving their Iowa farm behind, the couple raised five

children overseas, two of whom now serve as missionaries in the Philippines. Varberg retired to the United States in 1997 and served as the director of Internal Church Planting, Training and Mentoring for the Baptist General Conference (now Converge Worldwide) until 2003. He asked to be replaced so he could write his memoir—a hefty 768-page volume titled From the Iowa Farm to the Philippine Field. He recently wrote a second book about his missionary service, titled Why Didn’t You Come Sooner? Ralph Gustafson, Bethel University’s vice president for constituent relations, says, “Dick is a hero to

me and many others. He has always been an entrepreneur—he thinks outside the box and approaches things in ways that haven’t been done before. Dick knows how to resource ministries and churches and is a gifted storyteller and evangelist.” Of Varberg’s service with the conference, Gustafson notes that “Dick played a significant part in encouraging people to be generous to missions.” Converge Worldwide Senior Vice President Doug Fagerstrom also expressed his admiration. “Dick and Ellie Varberg represent the quintessential model of Converge missionary service,” he says. “While their life story reads like the book of the Acts of the Apostles, their life of love for lost Filipinos and faith in an almighty God sets them apart from many global ambassadors. Every person considering evangelism needs to read their story.”

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Seminary Awarded Grant to Fund “Work with Purpose” Program This summer, Bethel Seminary received a $190,000 grant from the Kern Family Foundation to launch the Bethel Work with Purpose initiative in 2013. The initiative is designed to address the disconnect many Christians feel between their faith and their work. Initiative director Chris Armstrong, professor of church history at Bethel Seminary St. Paul, observes: “The problem is illustrated by the often-heard ‘I quit my job to go into ministry.’ Hear the value judgment? This assumes that only those called to a designated office in a church can truly do ministry.” People want to know that their work, which takes up the bulk of their waking hours, has meaning. Unfortunately, the church often does not help them make the most of this connection. In one informal poll of church members mentioned

by sociologist Robert Wuthnow, 90% claimed to have never heard any sermons or lessons on relating their faith to their work. A recent Barna Group fiveyear study on why young people are leaving the church revealed that 84% of Christians ages 18 to 29 professed to having no idea how the Bible applies to their professional interests. This gap in the church’s teaching does not reflect the Bible’s priorities, says Armstrong. “It’s too easy to see the economic sphere as outside of God’s care, and work as a curse. But Genesis shows us a God who works, and who commissions humans to work as stewards and improvers of the earth— literally ‘economic’ workers who care for and increase the value of the things they are responsible for. So we know all kinds of work have kingdom value. And we want to help ministers-in-training see that.” To that end, and led by a team comprising Bethel Seminary and Bethel MBA professors as well as pastors and business leaders, the Work with Purpose initiative will seek to bring discussions of

work and economics into every discipline within the seminary. The team will also collaborate with selected churches to create a church-based course that addresses workers’ real questions and needs. The course will be piloted in area churches late in 2013 and also become part of Christianity Today’s “Building Church Leaders” series of downloadable courses. Other initiative projects will include a series of conversation-starting reading groups, forums, and public lectures bringing together Bethel Seminary students and University of Minnesota business students, and a new masters-level course in the theology of vocation that will include a weekend discernment retreat. A culminating conference on October 11, 2013, will bring national speakers to Bethel’s campus to address these issues. Through such efforts, says Armstrong, “Bethel Seminary hopes to become part of a change in the church that will lead people to see their ordinary work as a place of extraordinary discipleship, stewardship of gifts, and service to the world.”

Faculty Gather for Discussion and Service Before fall classes began, College of Arts & Sciences faculty met for their annual two-day retreat, which included a service project for the first time this year. The retreat’s theme was “Engaged Community: Living, Working, Playing Together.” The first day offered morning discussions on what makes an undergraduate education at Bethel distinct. Deb Harless, vice president and dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, said the topic prompted a lively and thoughtful conversation. “In our current educational landscape, it is critical that we are thinking together about the distinctions that we value in the College of Arts & Sciences, and how those inform our future,” she said. 8

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That afternoon, faculty divided into two groups to pack 146 boxes of meals for Feed My Starving Children in Coon Rapids, Minn., and to pack school supplies for Family of Hope to send to Liberia. On the retreat’s second day, Faculty Excellence Awards were presented to Jim Beilby, professor of biblical and theological studies, for scholarship; Dave Muhovich, associate professor of nursing, for service; and Ken Steinbach, professor of art, for teaching.

Bethel faculty work together to pack meals for Feed My Starving Children.

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Giving Opportunities Help Prepare Bethel Students to be

Adventurous Christ-followers

Bethel Fund Coffee Club $120-$999/year For a minimum of just $10/month or $120/year, Bethel alumni, parents, and friends are invited to join this long-standing program and enjoy a uniquely designed Bethel mug each year.

Dean’s Circle $1,000-$2,499 Members of the Dean’s Circle are faithful investors in Bethel’s mission to educate and equip adventurous Christ-followers as they partner with seminary, college, and graduate school deans throughout Bethel University.

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Become a Bethel Fund Partner Bethel’s mission is to prepare students to be adventurous Christ-followers, and it couldn’t be accomplished without a strong Bethel Fund, which is crucial in supporting those vibrant experiences that make Bethel so unique. When you support the Bethel Fund, you provide: • scholarships • captivating chapel speakers • off-campus service opportunities • hands-on research projects Your support of the Bethel Fund will light a path for a Bethel student who will go on to change the world. Donors who contribute unrestricted gifts to the Bethel Fund in a single fiscal year (June 1-May 31) are honored and recognized as Bethel Fund Partners.

Membership is recognized for any household providing a minimum annual contribution of $500 to the Royal Athletic Fund, which supports all Bethel teams and coaches. These gifts will be recognized toward that household’s annual Bethel Fund investment.

For more information, please visit or contact the Office of Development at 651.635.8050.

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From the Locker Room Meet standout Bethel fall athletes Volleyball

Caitie Helle • Sr., Onamia, Minn. One of two standout senior middle blockers, Helle is a two-time MIAC All-Conference player and has been on the short list of Academic All-Conference honorees. In addition, she has helped the Royals continue their excellence in the classroom, as Bethel earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the sixth consecutive year.

Football Gavin Maurer • Sr., Morgan, Minn. A two-time recipient of the MIAC Academic All-Conference award and a member of the Bethel University Dean’s List, Maurer has excelled both on the playing field and in the classroom. The pre-med major has helped the Royals defense become one of the best in the country, ranking No. 7 nationally at the close of the 2011 season. Men’s Soccer

Cody Walkup • Jr., Des Moines, Iowa As a sophomore defenseman, Walkup helped the men’s soccer team tally seven shutouts and nine victories, earning him MIAC All-Conference Honorable Mention. Walkup was one of eight Royals announced as a 2011 MIAC Academic All-Conference player.

Women’s Soccer

Kelsey Flaherty • Sr., Shoreview, Minn. A three-time MIAC All-Conference player (2009-11), Flaherty is a four-year contributor to the Royals women’s soccer program. She led the team in goals in 2010, was second in 2011, and is near the top in 2012.

Men’s Cross Country Matt Schafer • Sr., New Brighton, Minn. After an All-American performance at the 2011 NCAA Division III track and field championships last May, Schafer is eager to continue his success this fall on the cross country course. Schafer’s achievements extend to the classroom as well: he was named to the 2012 Division III All-Academic team by the USTFCCCA. Women’s Cross Country

Mollie Gilberg • Soph., Coon Rapids, Minn. Gilberg is just the fifth woman in the history of Bethel’s women’s cross country program to break the 23-minute mark. As a freshman, she led the Royals with an MIAC All-Conference Honorable Mention performance and was noted as a 2011 NCAA Division III Cross Country All-Region Runner by the USTFCCCA.

Men’s Golf

Luke Magnuson • Sr., Litchfield, Minn. Magnuson is a three-year contributor to the men’s golf program. He was one of 26 NCAA Division III golfers honored as a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American Scholar. In order to be eligible, golfers had to compete in 70% of matches for at least three years and maintain an average of 79.0, while keeping a cumulative GPA of 3.2.

Women’s Golf

Erika Schwalbe • Fr., Breezy Point, Minn. As a freshman, Schwalbe is already making noise on the golf course, leading the Royals in each of their meets and posting top 15 results multiple times. With an average of 87.4 every 18 holes, Schwalbe also ranks among the top individuals in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

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Extra Points New Faces. Amanda Maxwell, head women’s soccer coach; Drew Fernelius, head men’s and women’s tennis coach; Andrew Rock, head men’s and women’s track and field coach; Tim Beasley, assistant sports information director and assistant baseball coach; and Justin DeGrood, graduate assistant basketball coach.

Called for Traveling. In August, the men’s basketball team went 5-0 in games in Berlin, Germany. Meanwhile, both the volleyball and women’s basketball teams will travel to San Antonio for weekend tournaments during their seasons. The men’s and women’s hockey teams will visit Europe after Christmas, with the men competing in Turkey and the women in Italy.

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“The players want this team to be a community of believers where each one is committed with her whole heart to be her best, to be competitive, and to be courageous. We go back to these values when we are struggling as well as when we are succeeding, and we continue to ‘press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus’ (Phil. 3:14).”

Royal Profile Name: Zach Haskins Year: Senior Hometown: Maple Grove, Minn. Major: Social Studies Education and History Sport: Cross Country, Track and Field Event: 8 kilometers/ 1500-meter, 800-meter, Distance Medley Relay (BU record), 4 x 800m relay What motivates you as you prepare for each race? What motivates me the most is just the desire to win and knowing I am prepared to run well. I am on my eighth year of training, and over that time I’ve learned to trust in the work I’ve put into getting myself ready for each season. Another big key is to not get too worked up before races. I get pretty pumped up, but at the same time I just try to go out there and have fun doing what I love. What has been the most rewarding component to being a student (and athlete) at Bethel? The most rewarding thing about being a student athlete at Bethel is all the support I’ve received. My coaches aren’t the only ones who want to see me do well. I think that’s one of the best things about Bethel— everyone truly cares about you as a whole person and wants to see you succeed.

What’s next for you after you graduate? I plan to apply for a Technology Enhanced Learning graduate program through the University of Minnesota. I was hoping to continue on to graduate school regardless, but another great reason to continue is to run for the U of M. My sophomore year I was injured with a femoral stress fracture, so I still have an extra year of both indoor and outdoor track eligibility that I could use at the U. You’ve already been honored as an All-American in track and ran in the NCAA Division III cross country meet in 2011. What is the legacy you hope to leave at Bethel? I hope to leave a legacy that shows how hard work can get you a long way. I came into college a mid-pack runner, and just tried to work as hard as I could. Every day at practice I told myself I was good enough to run with the top runners, and eventually that mental attitude paid off. I hope that when I’m gone my determination and commitment will have rubbed off on the rest of the team and left a good impression for years to come.

—Amanda Maxwell, women’s soccer, first season Read the full interview with Coach Maxwell at

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Electing to Serve by Cindy Pfingsten

With all the current talk of polls, precincts, projections, and presidential candidates, some of us may be wishing it was the Wednesday after the first Tuesday in November. Or some may be eagerly anticipating Election Day, ready to track every race. Regardless, read on to meet Bethel alumni who have elected to serve in political and government careers, implementing the values they cultivated at Bethel. From Capitol Hill to local communities, Bethel grads are changing their corners of the world. And that’s a win no matter what happens on November 6! Editor’s Note: This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of Bethel alums in government, but a sample of the many roles grads play in the political process. Bethel University does not endorse political candidates.


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Tom Lehman ’79 CAS political science and social studies secondary education major

President, The Lehman Group Golden Valley, Minn.

Claim to fame: Only lobbyist named by Minnesota Physician magazine in a listing of the 100 most influential Minnesotans in healthcare

What does your firm do? We’re a government relations consulting firm with clients that include a variety of nonprofit, corporate, local government, and provider healthcare interests.

How did your Bethel education influence your choice of a career in government? I participated in the American Studies Program in Washington, D.C., through the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, which led to my first post-graduation political job doing outreach to churches in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and California during the 1980 presidential campaign.

What are the challenges of being a person of faith in your line of work? A challenge I face is maintaining a servant attitude in an environment focused on gaining and using power.

Ruth VanMark ’82 CAS political science major

Republican Staff Director for the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Washington, D.C. Recent book read: War Brides by Helen Bryan

How did your Bethel education influence your choice of a career in government? I went to Bethel knowing that I wanted to major in political science with hopes of going to law school. However, in my junior year, I had the opportunity to participate in the American Studies Program in Washington, D.C. After that semester, I knew that I wanted to get a job on Capitol Hill after graduation.

What is a career highlight for you? Most of my professional efforts have been on transportation/ infrastructure policies. I have been involved with the last four “highways bills.” Having something you had a hand in drafting signed into law by the President is always a career highlight. But probably the thing I enjoy the most is working each day across the street from the U.S. Capitol and watching history being made.

What are the challenges of being a person of faith in your line of work? I have to stay focused on the fact that man is not in charge; God is.

Dale Witherington ’76 CAS biblical and theological studies major

State Director, Capitol Commission Minnesota Recent book read: The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz

How did your Bethel education influence your choice of a career in government? It came with the understanding that Jesus Christ is the Lord of all of life, including politics.

What are the challenges of being a person of faith in your line of work? A challenge I face is being both nonpartisan and non-political when it comes to developing relationships with those who are highly partisan and highly political, especially since I have strong political convictions as a private citizen.

What are the rewards? In helping someone turning his or her life over to Christ and seeking to make all of life’s decisions—especially those in the political arena—based on the Word of God, there is a great sense of satisfaction and reward.

Justin McCoy ’06 CAS business and political science major

City Council member, Maple Plain, Minn.;

former field representative for Congressman Jim Ramstad Day job: Coordinator of Facilities and Safety at Orono (Minn.) Public Schools How did your Bethel education influence your choice of a career in government? At Bethel, I learned the importance of prayer in figuring out where God wanted me to be. I graduated on a Saturday with zero prospects for jobs. On Monday, I met Congressman Jim Ramstad, who offered me a job on the spot. That takes faith! In addition, the mentorship of Coach Steve Johnson and Coach Jimmy Miller as a football player taught me the right way to live. I will never forget Coach Miller’s four principles for living: Accept responsibility. Lead courageously. Reject passivity. Expect a greater reward.

What are the challenges of being a person of faith in your line of work? The biggest challenge is the demand for your time; it’s not a 9-5 job. As a Christian, you have to make sure you are reserving time for family.

What are the rewards? The greatest reward is working with people to make government work. Bethel University


Bruce Vogel ’83 CAS biblical and theological studies major

State Representative for District 13B, St. Paul, Minn.

Recent book read: The Official Chuck Norris Fact Book How did your Bethel education influence your choice of a career in government? My time at Bethel taught me that I should be willing to go anywhere and do anything the Lord asks me to.

What is a career highlight for you? I was able to write legislation to help a single mom, whose family suffered with child abuse, to close a loophole in our current system so no child will go through what her son did. The bill, called Jacob’s Law, was passed into law.

What are the challenges of being a person of faith in your line of work? Living out your faith without offending those who disagree is a challenge.

Brad Nauman ’82, GS’10 CAS business major and M.A. in Organizational Leadership

Mayor, Buffalo, Minn.

Hobby: Hanging out with my 13-yearold son whose goal is to teach me to be mildly proficient with an X-Box How did your Bethel education influence your choice of a career in government? In my mind it’s impossible to separate leadership from character. As humans we fail every day, but our faith in Christ gives us as leaders the model we attempt to emulate.

What are the challenges of being a person of faith in your line of work? Although Buffalo is a small city and I am not on the “big stage,” there are still people who recognize me in the community or who watch council meetings on TV. The challenge is to be that leader who is above reproach and attempt to set an example for our community.

Randy Hultgren ’88 CAS political science and speech communication major

U.S. Congressman, IL-14 (residing in Winfield, Ill.)

Hobby: Spending time with my wife of 20 years, Christy (Nungesser) ’91, and our four kids, ages 8-18

How did your Bethel education influence your choice of a career in government? In high school and college I renewed commitment of all parts of my life to Christ and to His Lordship. I think back on the biblical story of Esther and the challenges of the nation of Israel at that time, and Esther’s uncle, Mordecai, saying that she had been called into this place for such a time as this. That is how I feel, and I have talked to many of my colleagues who similarly felt called to run for Congress for such a time as this. Truly seeking to be light and salt in our world is challenging, but a wonderful privilege.

What are the challenges of being a person of faith in your line of work? One of the biggest challenges is being away from family. Boldness to speak out for what I believe and know is true in a public forum is also something I covet prayers for.

What are the rewards? The rewards include being a part of a pivotal time in our nation, and being able to have a direct voice and a direct vote in the direction that we take. Being able to sit down with local citizens, listen to their frustrations, and then turn around and do something about it is also incredibly rewarding for me. 14

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Peter V. Taylor ’77 CAS political science major

Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office, Washington, D.C. Recent book read: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

How did your Bethel education influence your choice of a career in government? My work as a criminal prosecutor involves daily interaction with victims of crime, specifically children and adults who have been sexually assaulted. Pursuing justice for these people is my way of following Christ’s command to give a cup of water to those who thirst. Bethel opened my eyes to God’s call to serve such people, and working with sexual assault victims has been an avenue for answering that call.

What are the challenges of being a person of faith in your line of work? One challenge is to remember that even rapists and pedophiles are children of God, and that God wants to redeem them. It can be easy to dehumanize those who commit such heinous crimes. Another challenge, which is not unique to people of faith, is to make sure you’re prosecuting only the guilty. Before a trial, I always pray that justice will be done—that a guilty person will be convicted but, if my belief in a defendant’s guilt is wrong, that the innocent will be found not guilty.

What are the rewards? The reward is the satisfaction of helping victims through the legal system. I always hope the process, as hard as it is for these victims, will prove cathartic and help bring closure.

Blake Huffman ’86 CAS communication studies major

City Councilman, Shoreview, Minn.

Recent book read: When Life’s Not Working by Bob Merritt What does your current position involve? In addition to serving as a city councilman in Shoreview, Minn., I work as a vice president of strategy at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. I am also the founder and volunteer executive director of a local nonprofit that provides affordable housing to low-income single parents.

How did your Bethel education influence your choice of a career in government? My faith really grew while I was at Bethel, and continues to play a central role in my political journey as I learn to focus on things important to God. In the political arena, conflict is common. The commandment “Love your neighbor” applies well.

What are the challenges of being a person of faith in your line of work? Keeping my faith real is a daily journey. Like many lines of work, politics has plenty of ups and downs, making it critical to have your eyes on God and His plan.

Bethel’s Department of Political Science The Department of Political Science at Bethel prepares students to be citizens and Christ-followers who seek truth. They strive to understand justice, liberty, power, equality, peace, and order as they are expressed in political life at the individual, local, national, and global levels. Courses help students acquire the skills necessary to integrate the Christian faith with the methods and insights of the academic discipline of political science.

Degree Programs • B.A. in Political Science • B.A. in International Relations • B.A. in Business and Political Science

Distinctive Learning Opportunities • The American Studies Program, a semester-long program in Washington, D.C., run by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, allows students to study and intern in the nation’s capital. • Bethel is conveniently located close to two major metropolitan areas, including the state’s capital, St. Paul. Students regularly hold internships with political and government offices, area law firms, local media, and nonprofit groups. • A healthy and vibrant context for political discourse allows for active campus student-run political organizations. Visit political-science to learn more.

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A preschool classroom at a university? It’s the Bethel University King Family Foundation Child Development Center (King CDC), formed in 1998 as a joint venture between Bethel University and Union Gospel Mission to serve Jesus Christ through educational leadership and to provide quality early education in the Frogtown area of St. Paul, Minn. The center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and serves children ages 16 months to 12 years. Its Out-of-School-Time Program, for children in grades K through 6, operates full days throughout the summer and offers before- and afterschool care during the school year. The King CDC and the Bethel University Child Development Center on Bethel’s main campus also serve as labs for Bethel students. Their teaching experiences in these professional environments prepare them to bring innovative skills to a variety of educational settings after graduation. 16

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Pictured at left is the Preschool 1 room for children ages 33 months to four years. The children develop kindergarten readiness by working on early literacy skills (building vocabulary, hands-on math and science exploration, phonological awareness, rhyming, and alliteration), socialemotional skills, and self-confidence. 1. Each day begins with a “Morning Meeting,� a time to explore new information about the unit of study. This gathering, praise, and prayer time on the bright, colorful rug helps build community within the large group. 2. Much like their college counterparts, preschoolers keep their belongings in cubbies.


3. Books are available throughout the room, but the library/reading area encourages quiet reading.



4. Children practice fine motor skills by working with manipulative toys, building, sorting, playing pretend, and working with puzzles, cause and effect toys, and puppets. 5. The block area provides blocks, figures, cars, and animals. 6. Preschoolers can listen to music or books on tape in the Listening Center.


7. The Job List not only helps children remember which task is assigned to them each week, but more importantly, builds leadership skills.


8. The Science Center encourages children to touch and feel objects. 9. Space under the loft is used for dramatic play. Children can explore units of study through pretending to be someone or something different than themselves, extending what they have learned about the concepts from the morning meeting. 10. Preschoolers role-play while dressing up and using language that their characters might use. Unlike many other Bethel students, children practice their housekeeping. 11. Two full-time teachers, one aide, and Bethel education students work with a maximum of 18-20 children. 12. Tables and chairs provide the ideal spot for craft time, as well as for snacks and meals.


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Children practice writing and vocabulary words at the Writing Center.

The Word Wall includes the name of each child in the class, plus samples of written pieces. Learn more online at

Future Bethel Orchestra members can experiment with playing a variety of musical instruments in the Music Center. Bethel University


The Courage to

Confront She still calls every February. The first year she sent flowers, the second year balloons, and every year since she has called to say thank you. Even after all this time, she still celebrates the anniversary of that life-changing conversation when someone had the courage to say, “I care about you, and it doesn’t have to be like this.”

Edee Schulze, Bethel University vice president for student life, celebrates with her. Schulze is the one who watched this long-ago student’s journey from depression and cutting to counseling and healing. She’s the one who cared enough to speak up, and she’s the one who gets the thank-you call every year. Schulze is blunt about courageous conversations: “One of the best things you can do for people you love is to speak the truth.” She’s passionate, too, because she’s experienced the results. “Someone did this for me when I needed it because I was on a wrong path,” she explains.

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What are courageous conversations, and how can we have them? We asked Schulze— along with David Nah, Bethel Seminary St. Paul associate professor of theology, and Ben Lim, Bethel Seminary San Diego professor of marital and family therapy—to teach us more about being courageous in our relationships and speaking the truth in love.

Q: Describe the concept of courageous conversations. Edee: Courageous conversations involve clearly speaking the truth with love, respect, and grace. They involve confrontation, which can be difficult and challenging. And they require us to look at our own motives and actions as well as someone else’s. David: Courageous conversations require truth-telling but also doing it in a loving way. The one who most perfectly embodied this practice is the Lord Jesus Christ. His conversations with Nicodemus, the woman at the well, the rich young ruler, and even hostile religious leaders are perfect examples. In fact, the whole of the biblical story could be seen through this lens of courageous conversations between God and humanity.

Ben: Courageous conversations occur in the safe space that we facilitate in our interaction with others, especially those with whom we have differences of opinions. It is that sacred ground of mutual respect for the other, knowing the conversation is held in the presence of the Almighty God, who not only hears what we say but sees the thoughts and intentions of our hearts.

Q: Can you share an example of a courageous

conversation from your own personal or professional life? Edee: In the mid-1990s, I struggled with clinical depression. I leaned heavily on a friend who didn’t have the time capacity or emotional capacity to help me. She spoke truth to me—that

she cared about me and wanted me to find a more effective way to get my needs addressed. I was hurt and angry, but in that moment the road narrowed and forced me to make a choice. Her words ended up being a gift to me, and I decided I wanted to be the kind of person who could lean into the hurt and anger and accept the gift.

Q: How can courageous conversations be used well on the college campus, in the workplace, and in family relationships? Edee: Courageous conversations work in almost any context: work, home, church, or neighborhood. I suggest selecting one principle from the seven steps to confrontation (below) and implementing that one thing first. Changing one dynamic can change the relationship. There is one caveat: if someone is in a physically dangerous situation, such as an abusive relationship, it is not wise to stay and hope that words alone will correct it. Get help from professionals who are trained to help when someone is in harm’s way. David: For courageous conversations to be used well, we must pay attention to certain conditions of authentic dialogue. Conversations are always a two-way street. There has to be a willingness to give but also to receive and be transformed by the other. This requires openness, honesty, and a certain level of humility.

Ben: In any conflict there is an emotive component and a substantive component. In courageous conversations, it is

Seven Steps to Confrontation in Friendship I pray. Before you confront a friend, examine your own heart and acknowledge your need for God’s guidance. Is your attitude marked by acceptance, humility, love, respect, graciousness, gentleness, patience, sympathy/empathy, kindness, and compassion? Consider how these characteristics can guide your interaction with your friend, and also consider any ways you might have contributed to the issue and need to change and/or ask forgiveness.

I care. Choose a time when you are calm and rational, not angry or upset. Remind your friend that you care for him/her, and that you’re on his/her side (“I love you, and I don’t want you to hurt yourself.”)

I see. Share with your friend exactly what he/she has done that concerns you. Understand that you have one perspective and be open to the possibility that you are misinterpreting what you see and hear (“I saw you cheat on the exam last week.”)

I feel. Share with your friend, without blaming, how you feel about the ways you see him/her acting (“I feel frustrated when…”) I listen. Your friend may respond in a variety of ways, from saying nothing, to getting angry, to thanking you, to sharing a problem that goes beyond your ability to help. Be willing to listen carefully to your friend’s response and stay open to the Holy Spirit.

I want. Share with your friend what you hope for him/her to do (“I want you to get the help you need.”) I will. Share with your friend what you are able and willing to do to help. Know your limits (“I am willing to meet with you regularly as an accountability partner” or “I will go with you to arrange an appointment with a counselor.”) Bethel University


Edee Schulze is vice president for

David Nah is associate professor

Ben Lim is professor of marital and

student life in Bethel University’s College of Arts & Sciences. Prior to Bethel, she served for 21 years at Wheaton College, Ill., in a variety of roles, including dean of student life.

of theology at Bethel Seminary St. Paul. He served in pastorates for more than 20 years, with a special love for second-generation Korean congregations.

family therapy at Bethel Seminary San Diego. He pastored churches in Malaysia, Singapore, and the U.S. for 20 years, and is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a private practice at LifeSpring Center, San Diego.

important to attend to the emotive component of the conflict before trying to fix the substantive issue. It is not about what we say but about who we are as we embody truth and love. Truth and love are the context and the medium within which courageous conversations take place. Love in courageous conversations means speaking the truth at the right time with the goal of building up those who are listening and being a conduit of God’s grace (Eph. 4:29).

Q: What are the common objections you hear from people who are hesitant to pursue courageous conversations? Edee: People may think they don’t know someone well enough to speak up, or that it’s not their business to get involved. They may wonder, “Who do I think I am to point out someone else’s issue?” or they may think they should take care of their own issues first. People also avoid confrontation by choosing unhealthy patterns of thinking or behavior such as slandering others instead of confronting them, being passive-aggressive and hoping things will just improve, or stuffing their anger until it leaks out in an unhealthy way. Ben: People are afraid of authenticity, and that fear is immobilizing and paralyzing. If there is going to be greater intimacy in relationship, we need to take risks, like Peter taking the first step out of his boat to walk toward Jesus in the midst of the Galilean storm (Matt. 14:22-23).

Q: How do you answer these objections? Edee: In Matthew 18, Jesus had just presented the parable of the lost sheep, and then He began discussing confrontation and “winning someone back” through that process. When we confront, we have a chance to bring a lost sheep back, to win someone back. That’s a high calling. Of course it’s always wise to be astute about your engagement, but being imperfect yourself is 20

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not a good enough reason. As you pray about getting involved, God may say it’s not the right time or you’re not the right person. Be sensitive to that. But He may also say this is the time and you are the person.

Ben: Paul advising Timothy assured him that “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7). Fear worries about the many things beyond our control, but we know that God knows the unknowns; we can take risks in conversations and relationships knowing that He holds them in His hands. People tend to think that there are only two ways to solve a problem—your way or my way. But Stephen Covey wrote about “the 3rd alternative.” Having a third alternative means believing that in courageous conversations, we can embrace our own uniqueness, celebrate our differences, and synergistically transform our predicament in a redemptive win-win way that blesses all parties concerned. BU

Resources Helping a Neighbor in Crisis by Lisa Barnes Lampman, ed. Church Discipline That Heals: Putting Costly Love into Action by John White and Ken Blue The 3rd Alternative: Solving Life’s Most Difficult Problems by Stephen R. Covey Safe Haven Marriage by Archibald Hart and Sharon Hart Morris Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life by Henri Nouwen The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict by Ken Sande

wholeandholy Pursuing the Balance at Bethel Three small but powerful words infuse Bethel culture with a defining sense of purpose: “whole and holy.” Freshmen encounter the phrase their first day of classes. Seminarians recognize it from the seminary’s vision statement. Adult learners acknowledge it in their efforts to integrate faith with work and learning. The “and” is key, because it demands a critical equilibrium. Bethel’s consistently high marks from accreditors affirm an institution-wide reputation for academic excellence and solid spiritual formation, but just how do Bethel students balance the intellectual and spiritual with other life pursuits in their quest for wholeness? by Scott Wible S’02

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Each fall, Bethel freshmen crack open Becoming Whole and Holy Persons, by Stanley D. Anderson, Bethel professor of philosophy emeritus. In its pages, students are introduced not only to the concept of becoming whole and holy, but also to the many ways Bethel facilitates that process. Figuring prominently is Bethel’s Office of Student Life. “Student life staff members… serve Christ by serving students,” Anderson writes. “The context of their work is not the classroom but the residence hall, a basketball game, the dining center, a student affairs event, or any place where interactions occur.” Edee Schulze, vice president for student life, agrees. Holistic development is “what we do,” she exclaims. She oversees a team of dedicated individuals who lead a dozen different student life departments, including athletics, career development and calling, health services, leadership and community development, residence life, and student activities. On campus, Schulze observes, students live out what they are learning in the classroom and in their personal walks with God. Andrew Walker, a senior economics and finance major from New Brighton, Minn., is a case in point, tapping into multiple campus learning opportunities. He says his employment with Bethel’s facilities management crew has enhanced his work ethic. He has learned greater responsibility and leadership through tutoring other economics students and serving as a teacher’s aide. His membership in Bethel’s Business and Economics Association has provided valuable networking. Outside the academic realm, his roommates and other friends provide him with cherished relationships, and his 10 p.m. pick-up basketball games keep him active. Faculty and staff support students like Walker in their journeys through all the opportunities Bethel offers. “My professors have been incredibly personable and motivating,” he says.

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College of Arts & Sciences students have two times the fun when they participate in enrichment activities outside of class.

Eller, program and services coordinator in the seminary’s Office of Student Life. “We offer many diverse opportunities to truly engage in individual and communal reflection and discernment so that all members of our community can discover opportunities for personal growth.” For example, Eller notes, St. Paul students participate in spiritual formation groups where they’re invited to “listen” to areas of their lives God may be calling them to attend, challenge each other’s assumptions, and gain new understandings of God’s diverse attributes. On the lighter side, Eller cites a group of seminarians that breaks from studies at least once a week to seek out new venues for coffee and live music. “That’s one way to stay awake while pondering deep theological issues or conjugating Greek verbs,” she laughs. Bethel Seminary of the East offers innumerable opportunities The phrase “whole and holy” occupies the very core of for personal enrichment in the diverse, population-dense Bethel Seminary’s vision statement, reflecting the seminary’s Northeast. In fact, the seminary counts among its students deep commitment to its innovative “three centers” several professional musicians, “Many students say that the approach to theological education. Dedicated to playwrights, artists, authors, developing 21st century ministry leaders who possess seminary’s focus on ‘whole and holy’ hikers, touring motorcyclists, not just theological wisdom, but also personal and leaders is what drew them to Bethel.” and sports enthusiasts, says spiritual wholeness and exemplary leadership skills, —Rebekah Eller, program and services Noel Sherry, director of the Bethel Seminary structures its degree and certificate seminary’s New England coordinator, Bethel Seminary St. Paul Teaching Center. But with programs around three centers of emphasis: biblical and theological foundations; spiritual and personal formation; two church-based teaching sites—the New England center and transformational leadership. in Auburn, Mass., and the Metro D.C. Teaching Center in “Many students say that the seminary’s focus on ‘whole Landover, Md.—opportunities for personal growth can also be and holy’ leaders is what drew them to Bethel,” says Rebekah found as close as the nearest classmate, professor, or mentor.

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“I truly believe that the personal maturity and spiritual growth I gained during my time at Bethel are at least equal to the academic lessons I learned.” —Tavis Walker, ’08, M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy Therapy. “I truly believe that the personal maturity and spiritual growth I gained during my time at Bethel are at least equal to the academic lessons I learned.” As director of the San Diego Rescue Mission’s recuperative care unit, Walker serves broken clients who need help to heal physically, spiritually, socially, and psychologically. “Ministry to the whole person is what I experienced at Bethel,” Walker says, “and it is also the kind of ministry that Bethel prepared me to do.”

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Seminary students find opportunities for personal formation and connection at events like a Minnesota Twins game. Cohort-based classes, where students move through their degree program with the same group, foster supportive connections with others who have embarked on similar educational journeys.

“Bethel Seminary of the East has poured into me knowledge, hope, motivation, and excitement for kingdom building,” says Calvin Jackson S’08, of Springdale, Md. “The Bethel family of students, faculty, and staff are now part of my extended family.” That family feeling is also apparent the moment one sets foot on Bethel Seminary’s West Coast campus. Students, staff, and faculty at Bethel Seminary San Diego enjoy a close-knit camaraderie that permeates the entire seminary community. Classes are held during afternoons and evenings to accommodate students who must juggle family, career, ministry, and studies. “My personal approach to ministry is very holistic, so an education that was spiritual, academic, and highly relational was very important to me,” says Tavis Walker, who graduated in 2008 with an M.A. in Marital and Family

Adult learners at Bethel’s College of Adult & Professional Studies and Graduate School (CAPS/GS) come from myriad careers and backgrounds—and faith traditions—to attend class one night a week or online. So achieving the “whole and holy” balance presents a different challenge: the integration of faith, work, and learning, largely in the context of preparing for professional advancement. Enter the cohort model—where learners move through their degree program with the same group of students. Balancing the pressures of work, family, community service, and more, adult learners aren’t often able to socialize with fellow learners in ways typical of traditional student life. At the same time, however, they crave connections with people who’ve embarked on similar educational journeys. Cohorts facilitate those connections. “Cohort members become extended family,” says Lori Jass, dean of academic affairs for Bethel’s graduate and adult programs. “Many of our learners continue to meet with their cohorts well beyond the end of their formal interactions with one another. They often become lifelong friends and professional colleagues.” In these cohort relationships, learners serve as models for each other in their quest for balance. “Life balance is a delicate and fragile thing,” says Fred Toenniges, M.A. learner in counseling psychology. “Perhaps the most important thing I have learned— and continue to learn—is that staying balanced is a dynamic undertaking requiring patience, persistence, and passion. Bethel faculty and members of my cohort taught, modeled, and practiced these skills throughout the program, and we continue to share poignant experiences with each other to help maintain our balance.”

The Whole of Life For staff and faculty at every school of Bethel University, it’s all about preparing students for life in Christ, “the whole of life, wholly surrendered,” says Schulze. “In a community like ours, beliefs shape our values and actions. It’s the relaxing and the relating, the integrating and the imagining, the playing and the praying. What a joy!” BU

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Bethel’s journalism program prepares competent and committed journalists who are salt and light in a media-saturated culture. by Nicolle Westlund ’09


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These days, “journalism” means something different than it did in its heyday of newspaper tycoons and dense tabloid newsprint devoid of photos. With blogs, online reporting, Twitter, photographic slideshows, and video sound bites, journalism continues to morph—and rapidly. So how does Bethel’s relatively new, liberal-arts-based journalism program prepare graduates who can thrive in a rapidly evolving environment that often challenges their training—and their faith?

Bethel began the bachelor of arts in journalism program in 2005 with the help of an endowment from Eugene and Kathy Johnson, owners of the local community newspaper outlet Press Publications. As national and international leaders in the field of community newspapers, the Johnsons had a passion for nurturing journalists of character. “The future of respected journalists,” says Eugene, “is dependent on honest men and women of character who are well educated in biblical principles and who know the value of a free society.” The Johnsons’ financial backing and undiluted support were critical to the program’s initial success. And Phyllis Alsdurf, associate professor of English, shared their vision for the program and provided leadership for its implementation. “I have a strong conviction that journalists have a profound impact on culture,” she says. “It’s a critical place for Christians to be—telling the whole truth and shaping the culture.”

The Johnson Center for Journalism In 2007, the Johnson Center for Journalism and Communication officially launched, directed by Alsdurf and augmenting the degree program with expanded opportunities for journalism students. Part of the Johnsons’ endowment was dedicated to engaging professionals in the field. So in spring 2008, the Journalist in Residence program began, recruiting outside journalists to teach Bethel students. Bill Norton, a 35-year veteran of the major daily newspaper the Kansas City Star, taught its inaugural course—and stayed on as assistant professor of English to teach classes such as layout and design, online journalism, and news writing. Now, each January term the Johnson Center helps bring visiting Christian

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The answer is twofold: by offering diverse opportunities for relevant, hands-on experience in the field; and through caring professors who ensure students have both a solid grasp of foundational journalistic concepts and a committed faith.

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“We want our students to be equipped to go into any journalism setting…and be salt and light.” —Phyllis Alsdurf Bethel University


journalists to campus who contribute their skills and expertise to a course that covers such topics as international reporting, business journalism, or religion reporting. “It’s important to show our students what it’s like to be a Christian journalist in the real world,” says Alsdurf. In addition, during its first few years, the Johnson Center hosted Journalism Through the Eyes of Faith conferences that attracted speakers such as Krista Tippet of American Public Media’s “On Being” program; Naomi Schaefer Riley, formerly of the Wall Street Journal; and author/environmentalist Bill McKibben. Though the conferences are no longer planned annually, the Johnson Center continues to bring outstanding journalists to campus for lectures and workshops throughout the year. The Johnson Center also offers internships at major daily newspapers. Recent graduates apply and are selected by Alsdurf and Norton to spend six to eight weeks in the newsroom, reporting and filing stories as real journalists. Former interns have worked at the Kansas City Star, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and Christianity Today

Journalism Opportunities Outside the Classroom The Clarion.

Bethel’s student newspaper, the Clarion, is published bi-weekly. It gives students a laboratory in which to hone the skills they learn in the classroom and provides experience in writing, editing, layout and design, advertising, and deadlines.

New York Center for Art and Media Studies.

NYCAMS offers an artist and writing residency program in New York City. Students live, create, and interact in the cutting-edge cultural capital of the world. Visit

The Washington Journalism Center.

WJC teaches future political reporters about politics from the perspective of political practitioners and political journalists.

Outside internships.

The Johnson Center has connections with many journalistic organizations that offer a wide variety of internships to students. Previous media outlets included Lillie Suburban Newspapers, Press Publications, Minneapolis Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Kansas City Star, and Christianity Today. Visit to learn more.


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magazine. Hannah (Gruber) Johnson ’10 was just one of the students who took advantage of the Star Tribune internship. “It was a great environment to hone my skills as a journalist and test out what I’d learned at Bethel,” she says. In another effort to engage journalism alumni and increase awareness about the Journalism Center, Alsdurf created the Journalism Ambassadors program in the spring of 2011. Alumni participants reconnect with their high school English or journalism programs (or those of local high schools) and promote Bethel’s program by speaking in classes about their college and work experience. “It’s a great way to reach out to the community,” says Alsdurf. Alsdurf and Norton are also making sure that Bethel stays upto-date with journalism’s changing technology. In summer 2011, Bethel hosted the first annual High School Journalism MiniCamp, inviting high school students from across the Twin Cities to stay on campus for a long weekend and learn the ins and outs of reporting using social media. In 2012, the mini-camp was run by Luke Reiter ’09, news editor at the Southwest Review, and his wife Ashley, also trained as a journalist, and included 28 student participants. “We emphasized giving the high-schoolers tools to use social media as journalists, and hands-on experiences using Storify and Twitter,” says Reiter. “We wanted it to be informative and relational for the students.” To further the Johnson Center and continue to utilize and engage outside professionals, Alsdurf created the Johnson Center Advisory Board, which launched in fall 2011. The board includes alumni as well as people in media leadership who “bring variety and insight so that the center can provide top-notch education and experience for students,” says Kathy Johnson. As professionals in their fields, the members of the board hold expertise in major daily newspapers, nonprofit communications, the business side of journalism, and online journalism. “The board really is a think tank for continuing to make journalism at Bethel better—from the classroom to outside opportunities,” says Alsdurf.

Fostering Christ-followers The Johnson Center for Journalism at Bethel is unique in many ways—but its deeply engrained, faith-based foundation is really what sets it apart. This commitment to nurturing students’ faith starts with the unwavering support of faculty. “I still talk to Phyllis and Bill,” says Reiter. “They still give me career advice and help me with networking. They are great resources.” Reiter’s experience is not unique—Alsdurf and Norton’s dedication to their students is a central theme to every journalism graduate’s story. “They have been rooting for me every step of the way,” says Chris Norton ’11. “It’s great to have them as a resource after college.”

Ashley (Peterson) Erickson ’09

Hannah (Gruber) Johnson ’10

communications and social media coordinator for the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees

editor at “Oakdale Patch,” a local online news source

Experiences at Bethel: Washington Journalism Center, editor-in-chief of the Clarion, KSTP channel 5 internship What stood out to you about Bethel’s journalism program? The resources (speakers, professional journalists) Bethel was willing to bring in to supplement the in-class teaching. Bethel took journalism seriously and had the support of more than just the professors in the classroom. What advice would you give to journalism students? Get involved! Be on the staff of the Clarion or join the radio broadcasting team. It can only help your career.

Experiences at Bethel: Press Publications internship, student writer for Bethel’s Office of Communications and Marketing, editorin-chief of the Clarion, Minneapolis Star Tribune internship What stood out to you about Bethel’s journalism program? Bethel offers a wide variety of classes that really prepared me for life after graduation. I came away with a great education. What advice would you give to journalism students? OVER-prepare for your career! There’s so much competition and you need to set yourself apart as much as you can. Learn video, take photos—do it all and don’t let yourself get pigeonholed.

Learn more about the journalism program at

Chris Norton ’11

Luke Reiter ’09

page production specialist at Sourcebooks Publishers, Naperville, Ill.

news editor, Southwest Review

Experiences at Bethel: NYCAMS semester, Christianity Today internship, layout editor for the Clarion What stood out to you about Bethel’s journalism program? Bethel’s program developed great writing skills in me. I learned how to tell a story well, which is a key part of journalism. What advice would you give to journalism students? Cross-pollinate. Take advantage of all the general education classes that you can, from weight training to biological sciences. It’s so helpful to know how to learn everything because, as a journalist, that’s part of your job—learning how to learn something quickly and then relaying that information to the public.

Experiences at Bethel: Washington Journalism Center, Views editor for the Clarion What stood out to you about Bethel’s journalism program? Bethel has a nuanced approach to faith and journalism. It’s not heavy-handed and there’s room for students to use their own judgment. Our professors worked through issues with us to help us hone our craft and our faith without diminishing the role of a journalist. What advice would you give to journalism students? Do as many internships as possible. Pay attention to what your instructors and advisors say. You may think you already know, but you don’t. So listen.

Stephanie (Green) Wise ’08 freelance blogger and photographer for General Mills; Huffington Post; and her site “Girl Versus Dough” Experiences at Bethel: Kansas City Star internship, managing editor of the Clarion, Lillie Suburban Newspapers internship, student writer for Bethel’s Office of Communications and Marketing What stood out to you about Bethel’s journalism program? I loved learning and honing my journalism skills in a faith-centered curriculum. The environment of mentors, teachers, and peers who understood my very core gave me a confidence and a focus in my profession I know I wouldn’t have received anywhere else. What advice would you give to journalism students? Build relationships with your fellow journalism classmates and professors. Having a community of likeminded individuals around me gave me the confidence to push myself to achieve my goals. Bethel University


Says Ashley (Peterson) Erickson ’09, “Phyllis has already invited me back to speak to her classes about what I’m doing with my journalism degree in the real world. It’s an honor that she thinks of me as a role model for them.” Faculty members also intentionally integrate faith into the often gritty, pressure-packed world of real journalism. Chris Norton recalls his media and online journalism class with Bill Norton, and says a weeklong discussion of what it means to be a Christian journalist stuck with him the most. “Journalism is hard right now. My experience at Bethel reminds me of why I do what I do. I’m called to bring my faith into my work.” Says Alsdurf, “We want our students to be equipped to go into any journalism setting, including secular media outlets, and be salt and light.” She says journalists influence so much of the culture as they interpret events for the general public, that it’s as important to foster a strong Christian conviction in them as it is to train them to be competent in the skills of their field. Chris Norton says he stands on James 1:27, which states that caring for the widows and the orphans is true faith. “It’s always in the back of my mind as I write and choose stories to represent the disenfranchised and honestly give them a voice,” he explains. Stephanie (Green) Wise ’08 says Bethel’s program helps her balance the atmosphere of her work environment with her faith. “I worked in an environment that, to put it lightly, wasn’t driven by faith and values,” she says. “If the story was juicy, it didn’t really matter how it affected the subject—we had to follow it… I applied the lessons of faith and values I learned at Bethel by being fair, true, balanced, and sincere in my writing.” Hannah Johnson agrees. “Bethel taught me to put others above ‘the scoop.’ It helped me think about how to maintain the integrity of the people I’m writing about, no matter the circumstance.” In the program’s capstone course, Critical Issues in Journalism, Alsdurf once told her class, “Jesus would have been the best journalist in history.” Her comment rings true in how Bethel prepares its students for the real world of journalism by integrating faith into its curriculum. Jesus’ personal characteristics are parallel to the qualities of highly regarded journalists: hard-working, ethical, full of integrity, a good storyteller. As committed faculty instill these characteristics into future journalists, Bethel’s journalism program is succeeding not only in creating a caliber of journalist that employers would clamor to hire, but also in developing graduates who write—and live—like Jesus. BU


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Communication-related Emphases at Bethel Bethel offers a wide variety of majors and minors for aspiring journalists, writers, and communicators.


B.A. in Communication Studies (traditional and adult programs) B.A. in Communication Arts and Literature Education 5-12 B.A. in English Literature B.A. in English Literature and Writing B.A. in Journalism B.A. in Media Communication


Communication Studies Creative Writing English Literature Film Studies Journalism Media Communication

Nicolle Westlund ’09 is the communications and marketing manager for the nonprofit Youth Frontiers, Inc., and a member of the Johnson Center Advisory Board. She has been editor-in-chief of the Clarion; a student writer for Bethel’s Office of Communications and Marketing; an intern at 3rd Degree News, Australia; managing editor of Alive Magazine, St. Paul; and an editorial assistant at Mpls. St. Paul magazine. She was the recipient of the first Johnson Center Excellence in Journalism award in 2009.

ProFile– Joel Shaffer

by Suzanne Yonker GS’09

“C’mon, baby, let’s do the Twist!” You can almost hear the music rise whenever Joel Shaffer breaks into his dance moves. He explains that his steps and turns are self-taught, and he likes to do them “because it’s easy!” There was a time when Bethel might have frowned upon doing the Twist on campus. But don’t tell that to Joel, who works for Sodexo, Bethel’s dining service. At the end of Sodexo staff huddles on Fridays, he gets to do the Twist, a clog dance, or any other move he fancies. Joel’s unbounded joy “breaks the tension of the day,” says Amanda Edin, Sodexo retail manager. A native of Menomonie, Wis., Joel’s work at Bethel is supported by his job coach at Kaposia, Inc., a nonprofit organization that helps individuals with developmental disabilities find jobs so that they can stay active in the community. Every morning at 11:15, a member of Kaposia brings Joel to Bethel, where he spends the afternoons washing tables, keeping garbage cleared, and sorting recycling at 3900 Grill and Royal Grounds coffee shop. Joel is one of a handful of Bethel Sodexo employees with developmental disabilities, and one of the most visible. When he’s not busy working or dancing, Joel loves fishing, bowling, softball, and basketball. He makes his spiritual home at Calvary Baptist Church in Roseville, Minn., where he attends with his sister.

Photo by Scott Streble

Joel recently celebrated 15 years working for Sodexo, with the last 10 at Bethel. His team presented him with a sandwich maker, a fitting gift for a guy who works around food. Sodexo also threw him a 50th birthday party last June. When asked if he likes working at Bethel, he says, “Well, yes! Everyone is nice to me. I’m the best worker.” Joel’s positive attitude impacts his coworkers and spills out onto everyone he meets. “Every day is a good day for Joel,” says Bob Schuchardt, Sodexo general manager. “He turns every day into a positive one.” Did somebody just say “turns”? C’mon Joel, let’s dance! View Kaposia, Inc., video of Joel at Bethel University


Alum News “Measure our performance by what God accomplishes through our graduates after they have been prepared at Bethel to go out into the world to serve.” —John Alexis Edgren, founder

50s Eugene Petersen ’50 taught at seminaries in San Francisco and Detroit for 30 years. At age 90 he still speaks in churches and at meetings. John Douhan S’58 was elected to the board of managers of the American Baptist Historical Society, the oldest Baptist historical society in the U.S. He serves on the strategic planning committee.

60s David Harrison ’62 ministers in the hard-of-hearing community, and his wife Catherine (Brown) Harrison ’62 does memoir writing. They enjoy their seven grandchildren. Chattanooga, Tenn.

70s Boni Lynn (Robinson) Hamilton ’73 is in her second year of a Ph.D. program in urban ecologies in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado-Denver. She earned an Ed.D. in education studies from the University of Northern Colorado in May 2011 and gave the farewell address on behalf of the graduate students. For her dissertation, she conducted a mixed methods study of fifth and sixth grade students’ self-concepts in writing. Debbie (Fredericks) Cosgrove ’75 was appointed to the faculty of Elmhurst College as director of the elementary education program.

Frederick D. Glasser S’75 received the 2011 Meridian Award from Chemical Abstracts as part of the SciFinder content team. SciFinder is a research tool used by chemists throughout the world, and also by Bethel University. Glasser is a senior systems engineer at Chemical Abstract Services in Columbus, Ohio, a division of the American Chemical Society. Westerville, Ohio. Terry Olson ’75 was re-elected president of the Florida Association of Public Art Professionals. He is director of arts and cultural affairs for Orange County, Florida. Leanne Bondhus ’76 retired from Northwest/Delta airlines after 30 years, enjoyed retirement for 18 months, and then rejoined the world of the employed as a team assistant for Health East Home Care. Apple Valley, Minn. LuAnne (Sheldon) Oklobzija ’77 completed 21 years of church ministry, then became a third grade teacher in the White Bear Lake, Minn., school district. She teaches at the school her sons and daughters-in-law attended. In her sixth year of teaching she became the 2012 Teacher of the Year in White Bear Lake, and will compete for Minnesota Teacher of the Year in spring 2013.

80s Judy (Jensen) Peterson ’80 takes care of her three-year-old twin granddaughters, who have autism.

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After nearly 20 years in missions overseas, Kraig Klaudt ’82 and his wife Auginaldo Jezuino celebrated their 20 th anniversary. Sao Paulo, Brazil.

90s Chip Huber ’90 published The Zambia Project: The Story of Two Worlds Flipped Upside Down. It tells the story of how students at Wheaton

Ac ademy in the Chic ago area developed a long-term community partnership and friendship with a community in Zambia that was ravaged by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The students raised nearly threequarters of a million dollars for the Zambians’ needs and forged deep relationships with the people of Zambia. Huber now serves as dean of student engagement /spiritual formation at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Alums Star in TLC Series Abby and Brittany Hensel ’12 shared their unique story in a docu-series on The Learning Channel (TLC) this fall. The sisters are conjoined identical twins who share one body, but have two separate brains, hearts, and sets of lungs. Their series, “Abby and Brittany,” followed the twins as they t ur n e d 22 ye ar s old, graduated from Bethel, traveled to A promotional photo from the TLC series “Abby and Brittany” Europe, and searched shows twins Abby and Brittany Hensel ’12 making ravioli for a teaching job. during a trip to Venice. The production company Figure Eight Films visited Bethel’s campus twice last spring, including during May commencement ceremonies, to film the Hensels. Numerous other Bethel students and alumni were featured in the show, including the twins’ roommates Ali Glasener, Kayla Hall, Cari Jo Hohncke, and Katy Nold, and their friends Rebecca Fessler and Erin Junkans, who accompanied them on the trip to Europe. TLC aired two previous documentaries on the Hensels, when they turned 12 and 16 years old.

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Stay connected to Bethel Facebook Twitter iTunes U Jay’s Blog Marc Nelson ’90, GS’93 is the principal of Wiley Elementary School in the Richland, Wash., school district. He lives in Kennewick with his wife Heidi, daughters Kaylee, 18, and Courtney, 17, and son Hayden, 14.

Aaron J. Ghiloni S’03 is director of studies in ministry, mission, and leadership at Trinity Theological College in Brisbane, Australia. His book John Dewey Among the Theologians was recently published.

Kenneth A. Reynhout ’90, S’05 received a doctor of philosophy degree in May from Princeton Theological Seminary. Pennington, N.J.

Jeanine Parolini S’03 is a member of the Bethel Seminary Alumni Council and an adjunct professor at the seminary. She published Transformational Servant Leadership: A Workbook with a Fresh Approach to Leading Well.

Jeff Sajdak S’90 (M.Div.), S’05 (D.Min.) is dean of students at Calvin Theological Seminary. Jon Mark Dahlager S’96 was awarded a doctor of ministry degree from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in May. He and his wife, Jennifer, are serving their third term of ministry in Costa Rica. Darrin Hunt S’96 published A Matter of Life and Death. It’s written from a paramedic/pastor’s perspective and helps readers make the most of this life as they prepare for the next. Kristi Piehl ’97 owns Media Minefield, a media relations firm dedicated to assisting local and national nonprofits, large companies, and individuals in telling their stories.

00s Gary J. Schneider S’00 is the resident chaplain at Fairview Southdale Hospital, Edina, Minn. While Bethel strives for accuracy in all it does, we cannot be responsible for the content of news items submitted by alumni. The inclusion of news items here should not be construed as an endorsement of their content by Bethel Magazine or Bethel University. Due to limited space and a growing number of Alum News submissions including photos, Bethel Magazine cannot guarantee submitted photos will be published with news.

Eric McIntosh ’03 completed a Ph.D. in higher education from Azusa Pacific University in May. He is dean of students at The King’s University College in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Westwood Community Church in Chanhassen, Minn. ’07 Virginia Kiefer married Daniel Chau in October. Rochester, Minn. ’07 Andy Nemzek married Carrie Noennig in May. New Hope, Minn.

Births ’99 Joshua was born in April 2011— ten weeks early— to Aleta (Torkelson) Bierma and Mark. Celebrating his first birthday along with mom and dad are Katelyn and Austin. ’00 Mae Ann Elizabeth was born in April to Kylee (Johnson) Miller and Mark. Spring Arbor, Mich. ’03 Brayden Allen was born in January to Laura (Baker) Wegener and Erick. (1)

’04 Owen Augustine was born in May to Elizabeth and Eric Berget. Minneapolis, Minn. (2) ’04 Ellie Joy Keikilani was born in February to Bethany (Ericson) Scott and TK. Riverside, Calif. (3) ’05 Madilyn Mae was born in May to Meg (Grivna) Schlukebier and Matt. ’06 Madelyn Louise was born in March to Caroline and Justin McCoy. Justin is a city council member in Maple Plain, Minn. (4) ’07 Hudson Everett was born in July to Courtney (Hoehl) and Dale Eng ’00, GS’10. He joins sister Sienna. Alexandria, Va. (5)

Deaths ’37 Muriel Edith (Johnson) Lawson, age 94, of Stillwater, Minn., died

Elizabeth Anderson ’05 was selected from 1,200 applicants to participate in the $75,000 90-day Steele Fitness Challenge sponsored by Mpls. St. Paul magazine. She is the contestant named “Bert.” The magazine will do a story about the results this fall. Erin Joseph CAPS’09 earned an M.A. in intercultural ministries in May from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.



10s Amber Henry ’10 is a third-year law student at Liberty University School of Law. She won first place in a national writing competition for her article, “Invisible Children of Latin America.” Sarah Dernlan ’11 works for Target Corporation.


Alex Potter ’11 is traveling in the Middle East. She did photo journalism in Yemen and is in Lebanon on a Rotary Scholarship.

Weddings ’98 Dianne Cotton, GS’06 married Andrew DeKoning in August 2011. Dianne is pastor of student ministry for grades 6-8 at


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Alum News Alumna Honored for Debut Novel by Samantha Allgood ’12 In the rolling hills of southern Alberta, Canada, Deb (Neufeld) Elkink ’74 ranched with her husband, homeschooled their three children, earned her private pilot’s license…and wrote her first award-winning book. In June, Elkink’s debut novel, The Third Grace, won the $5,000 Grace Irwin Award at the Word Guild’s Canadian Christian Writing Awards, the largest literary prize for work by Canadians writing from a Christian perspective. The competition drew nearly 360 entries from writers in eight provinces. “I credit my success, in part, to my many classes with Alvera Mickelsen, among other wonderful Bethel teachers, who taught me writing for publication was a goal I could, indeed, achieve,” says Elkink, who spent two years on campus from 1972-1974 before marrying and completing a communication studies degree from afar. The Third Grace was a finalist in the contemporary novel category of The Word Guild’s awards, which brought Elkink to the Awards Gala at the World Vision headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario. She received the Award of Merit (runner-up) for that category, but was unaware that her novel had also been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Grace Irwin Award, chosen by a separate panel of judges in a second round of the contest. “When my novel cover for The Third Grace appeared on the huge screen next to the other four finalist contenders—including Ann Voskamp’s New York Times bestseller, One Thousand Gifts—I was March 20. Born in St. Paul, she lived most of her life in Minnesota and California and was married 67 years to the Rev. Maurice Lawson ’37, S’40, who preceded her in death. She is survived by her sister Evie Asplund ’43, her three sons, Truett ’66, S’70 (Jill McKenna ’70), Bruce ’69 (Merie Ann Techman ’69), and Robert ’75 (Lisa); six grandchildren, Wendy Ulferts ’93 (Joey ’92), Elizabeth ’95, Christopher ’96 (Lisa ’94), Jonathan, Timothy, and Melinda, and five greatgrandchildren.  ’41 Albin Raynold “Ray” Applequist S’43, age 94, retired U.S. Army chaplain, pastor emeritus of the Community Congregational Church of Mount Dora, Fla., and 1973 Bethel Seminary Alumnus of the Year, died June 20 after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his wife Carol in 2011. He is survived by two siblings, five children, nine grandchil-


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dren, three great-grandchildren, and a large extended family. ’45 Ruth Anderson Johnson died in July. She is survived by her children Priscilla Anderson ’70, Timothy Anderson ’74, and Daniel Anderson ’74, S’89. ’45 Francis McOlash, age 92, died in February at his home in Costa Mesa, Calif. ’50 Roy E. Johnson, age 86, of Shoreview, Minn., died July 12. He served God faithfully as the pastor of North Isanti, Amery, and Rush City, Minn., Baptist churches. After retirement he served as chaplain at the Minnesota Veterans Home-Hastings for several years. He is survived by wife Joan; sons Mark ’75 (Jeanne), Randy ’81 (Merri), and Ron (Rebecca), and six grandchildren. ’50 Mildred E. Oman, age 85, of Dellwood, Minn., died May 27. She began her career as a secre-

speechless with surprise,” says Elkink. “To be a finalist alongside such a widely read author was unimaginable.” Tracing the path of its heroine from Nebraska farm girl to big-city costume de signer, The Third Grace chronicles the journey of a woman searching for a long-ago love, and for her own identity. “My goal as a writer is only to tell you my version of a true old story you might have heard before, perhaps long ago,” Elkink says. “I love listening to the proclamation of the King in His Word. I don’t fancy my writings to be inspired, but just an attempt at retelling timeless truths written first by God himself, the Author with authority to direct our steps.” The Third Grace is available in the Bethel library as both a hard copy and an eBook, and in the Bethel Campus Store. Connect with Elkink at or

James L. Mason ’53 James Mason, 88, died in Santa Rosa, Calif., on July 7. Born in Alma, Neb., he served in the Army Air Force during World War II. He was a lifelong student of the Bible and language, earning a Master of Divinity degree at Bethel and later completing a master’s degree in public speaking and a doctorate in public address and rhetoric. He learned conversational Swedish during five years as the first non-Swedish pastor of Altadena Baptist Church, Calif., and put his considerable speaking skills to good use during more than 50 years of active pastoral service in churches throughout the country. Mason was a professor of speech at Bethel for 12 years and also served on its Board of Regents for many years. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Norma; children Gail (Steven) Brilling, Rodney J. Mason ’67 (Nancy), Nadine Walsworth (John) ’68, Albert J. Mason ’77 (Sharon); 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Alum News tary and progressed to company cashier for the Union Oil Co. in Palatine, Ill. Upon retirement she moved to White Bear Lake, Minn. She is survived by her brother Robert Oman, sister Florence Johnson (Donald), nephew David Oman, and niece Ruth Douglas and their families. ’54 Jacob (Jake) Barnett (S), age 88, of Bloomington, Minn., died July 19. He served in the Navy during World War II and later attended Northwestern College, Bethel Seminary, and the University of Minnesota. He was the owner of Barnett Builders for 40 years. He was active with the Canadian Billy Graham Crusades, as a Navigators board member, with the Brazilian Navigators ministry, and in the leadership of Edina Baptist (Grace Church), Edina, Minn. He was the author of a Christian book on financial stewardship and aided with the development of several Christian

books and Bible studies. He’s survived by his wife of 63 years, Marjorie; daughters Melody Villars ’72 and Sheryl Finelli ’75 (Ron); four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. ’56 John L. Swanson, S’60, age 77, died on May 17 in Leawood, Kansas. He served as a Converge Worldwide pastor for more than 30 years, and as a chaplain to many nursing homes in Anoka and Coon Rapids, Minn., before moving to Kansas. He was a dedicated member of International Bible Givers. He is survived by Virginia, his wife of 57 years; children Ken (Susan) Swanson, Linda Dosser ’84 (Paul ’83), Janis Hedstrom ’88 (Michael ’87), and Jonelle Johnson ’92 (Todd); 13 grandchildren, and sisters Betty Brecheisen and Barb Remer. ’74 James R. “Jim” Dinger (S), age 62, of Hutchinson, Minn., died in March. He is survived by his wife, Judy Dinger CAPS’02;

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Grandparents Day on April 5 New this spring, Bethel’s first annual Grandparents Day on April 5 gives students and grandparents a chance to connect on campus. To receive an invitation, provide grandparents’ mailing information to the Office of Alumni and Parent Services at, where you’ll also find the latest information on all upcoming events. children, Justin, Jamie Otte ’ 01 (Philip), an d Ja c k i e . ’83 Donald A. Swanson (S), age 55, of Freeport, Ill., died May 25 in Madison, Wis. He was a

Ralph Holman ’37 Ralph Holman, a 1937 graduate of Bethel Junior College who was named to the National Academy of Sciences for his groundbreaking research of lipids and fatty acids, died on August 15 at age 94. After graduating from Bethel, Holman obtained a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree in biochemistry from Rutgers University, a Ph.D. in physiological chemistry from the University of Minnesota, and completed two post-doctoral fellowships in Sweden. He taught at Texas A&M, the University of Minnesota, and Mayo Medical School, and served for many years as the executive director of the Hormel Institute of the University of Minnesota. He was a founding editor of Progress in Lipid Research and wrote more than 400 scientific publications. A pioneer in research on essential fatty acids and nutrition, Holman made several fundamental discoveries about the metabolism of fatty acids and the competition between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. In 1981, he was invited to become a member of the National Academy of Sciences. “Dr. Holman’s pioneering research on omega-3 fatty acids continues to have important influence on our knowledge of good diet and nutrition,” says Bethel President Jay Barnes. “We are honored to claim this distinguished scientist and Christ-follower as our own.” In 1991, Holman and his wife established the Ralph T. and Karla C. Holman Endowed Program in Chemistry at Bethel. In 1998, he was honored as Bethel’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year and the chemistry laboratory was named after him. “Bethel Junior College played a major role in my early education, teaching me the foundations of a broad range of knowledge,” he noted in a 2001 Bethel Magazine article. “I learned from Bethel’s faculty and students that one can be a Christian in any walk of life. The foundations of chemistry, which I learned there, have served me well for three score years in the worldwide fraternity of biochemistry, and I am grateful to Bethel for getting me started.” Holman was preceded in death by his wife Karla and is survived by his son Nils (Ted) Holman.

licensed minister ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church, and was the director of marketing, planning, and pastoral care for Freeport Health Network for 20 years. He is survived by his wife Laurie; mother Delores; daughters Karissa and Kendra Swanson; brothers Dale (Barbara) Swanson, and Elden (Pari) Swanson; and nieces and nephews. ’87 Sharon Elaine Westman, age 49, died of leukemia on June 17. She coordinated hospice services through Chisago Lakes Hospital, Minn., was a custody evaluator and guardian ad litem, and acted as a facilitator for “Parents Forever,” helping parents make child-supportive decisions during separation or divorce. She taught piano lessons and founded Spirit Leaper Photographic Studios. She met her husband Roberto in Rome, and they and their daughter Jillian lived there several different times. She is survived by her husband Roberto Cicero; daughter Jillian Grace Cicero; parents Oliver and Elaine Westman; siblings, Barb Westman ’74, Jim (Donna) Westman, Sandy Westman ’83, and Barry Westman ’92 (Tina Christian ’92); mother-in-law Nadia Pannuti of Italy; and nieces and nephews.

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