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Board of Trustees

Trustees

More than 20 members serve on the Bethel College board of trustees, the highest governing body of the college. Membership of the board is selected by the committee on trustees, where their primary responsibility is to evaluate current members and recruit new members. All members serve a four-year term; only two terms can be served consecutively. The board of trustees traditionally meets three times during the academic year.

The work of the board is organized into several committees:

  • Academic Services Committee
  • Development and College Relations Committee
  • Executive Committee
  • Financial Services Committee
  • Student Development Committee
  • Committee on Trustees

Meet our Members

Melinda Brown

South Bend, Ind.

Melinda Brown is a manager with the certified public accounting firm of Wojtysiak & Co., LLC in Mishawaka, IN, where she provides financial reporting and tax services, staff training and administration. Her career includes a variety of CPA venues as an accounting and tax consultant, office manager and sole proprietor. Brown has served as treasurer and discussion leader for the local chapter of an international Bible study, and as a Sunday school teacher at her church. She holds a Certified Public Accountant License, and is a member of the Indiana CPA Society. In 1981 she received her accounting degree from Bethel College.

  • Member since 2013
  • Financial Services Committee

Glen E. Cook

South Bend, Ind.

Glen CookGlen E. Cook is a retired business owner. In the early ’60s, Cook and his brother owned and operated Cook’s Ace Hardware in Kendallville, Ind., and together with their father built two mobile home parks. In 1973, the trio started Domex, Inc., a wholesale distributor of propane gas. In the early ’80s, they bought two more companies. In 2001, all three companies were sold to Inergy, which was soon accepted on the New York Stock Exchange. Cook has served on several community boards: McCray Memorial Hospital, now Parkview Noble; Cole Center Family Y.M.C.A; and Kendallville Bank and Trust, now part of J.P. Morgan Chase. Cook has a degree in accounting and business from Manchester College. He is a member of Apostolic Temple Church in South Bend, Ind.

  • Member since 2007
  • Financial Services Committee

Richard Felix, Ph.D.

Denver, Colo.

Richard FelixRichard Felix, Ph.D., is president emeritus at Azusa Pacific University in California and former president of Friends University in Kansas. He has been a longtime member of the Young Presidents Organization, and in 2004, Felix was appointed as the president and chief executive officer for the United Christian College Fund. Also in 2004, The Tyndale House published his book, “The School of Dying Graces.” He holds a doctorate degree from the University of Notre Dame, a post doctorate certificate from Harvard University School of Business and several honorary degrees, including one from Bethel College.

  • Serving third term since 2009
  • Academic Services Committee

John Gardner

Mishawaka, Ind.

John GardnerJohn Gardner retired in 2006 from Noble Composites, Inc. as the chief financial officer. He worked previously as the chief financial officer at Fabwel, Inc. and as a partner at McGladrey and Pullen CPAs. In addition, he served as a captain and instructor navigator in the U.S. Air Force. Gardner is currently on the board of directors of First State Bank in Middlebury, Ind., and Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in History degree from Muskingum University.

  • Member since 2007
  • Financial Services Committee

William C. Gates

Mishawaka, Ind.

Bill GatesWilliam C. Gates worked for Gates Toyota for more than 30 years before retiring as the company’s president in 2009. Under his direction, the dealership received the Toyota President's Award seven times; this is the highest award a Toyota dealership can achieve for customer satisfaction in sales and service. Currently, Gates serves as a board member with LifeWorks, a South Bend ministry serving area college students, and as a board member of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, a ministry to college students. In the past, he has served as chair of the South Bend Alumni Association, chair for Trinity Evangelical Free Church in South Bend and a board member for the Maranatha Bible and Missionary Conference in Muskegon, Mich. Gates holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Miami University.

  • Serving fourth term since 2007
  • Development and College Relations Committee

Karol Griffin

Mishawaka, Ind.

Karol GriffinKarol Griffin has worked at Teacher’s Credit Union (TCU) for more than 35 years, and currently serves as the executive director of the TCU Foundation. She also serves as the president of the Credit Union Centers in Indiana, a state-level organization for shared branching; and the Credit Union Service Corporation’s board of directors, a national-level board of CO-OP shared branching. In addition, Griffin serves on the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Michiana and is a past board member of Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, Youth Services Bureau and Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management from Bethel College and is working on her Master of Business Administration. Griffin is also an active member of New Life Church in Osceola, Ind.

  • Member since 2012
  • Board Secretary/Executive Committee and Development and College Relations Committee

Charles E. Habegger

Berne, Ind.

Charlie HabeggarCharles E. Habegger is the former president of Habegger Builders Supply, Inc. He started the building supply business in 1956 and maintained it through tough economic periods, as well as tornado destruction and a major fire loss. More than 55 years later, it is still opened today. Currently, Habegger serves as the chairman of the trustee board at his church, financial advisor of the Golf Lakes Residents Association and is active in the Gideon’s International. He has also served in various offices of the Indiana state cabinet. In the past, he has served on the board of the Indiana Lumber Building Supply Association and the Progressive Affiliated Lumber Dealers Association. He holds an accounting degree from International Business College.

  • Emeritus
  • Development and College Relations Committee

Brian L. Hamil

Fort Wayne, Ind.

Brian HamilBrian L. Hamil is the managing partner of Hamil, Lehman and England, P.C, a certified public accounting firm in Fort Wayne, Ind., that specializes in business consulting/strategic planning, financial reporting, and tax compliance and planning. Hamil serves as the national chair of biomedical services for the American Red Cross and as a member of the audit committee for the Fort Wayne Zoological Society. He previously served on the board of directors for the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). Hamil is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), and holds a Bachelor in Accounting and a Bachelor in Business Administration from Bethel College and a Master in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University.

  • Serving third term since 2010
  • Chairman of the Board/Executive Committee

Greg Hartman

Elkhart, Ind.

Greg HartmanGreg Hartman retired from Biomet, Inc. in Warsaw, Ind., after more than 20 years of service. His most recent role was senior vice president – finance, treasurer and chief financial officer. Hartman holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Ball State University. Currently, he serves as the treasurer on the board of directors for the Beulah Missionary Church. In addition, he is a former member of the IUSB Corporate Financial Executive Roundtable and the NASDAQ Issuer Affairs Committee. In 1994, he received the Outstanding Alumni of the Year award through the Ball State University School of Business.

  • Member since 2006
  • Board Treasurer/Executive Committee and Chair of Financial Services Committee

William A. Hossler

Fort Wayne, Ind.

Bill HosslerThe Rev. William A. Hossler is the former president of the Missionary Church. He has served as a pastor for more than 30 years, spending most of that time at Colonial Woods Missionary Church in Port Huron, Mich., where he founded counseling, radio, television and publishing ministries. The author of two books, Hossler was also named Alumni of the Year at Bethel in 1985, and served as president of the Alumni Association. In 1998, he became district superintendent of the East Central District of the Missionary Church, and three years later, Hossler was named president of the Missionary Church. Other recent accomplishments include helping to start an online pastoral training program, restructure the denomination and create a five year vision plan. Hossler holds a Bachelor of Arts in bible and ministry, a Master of Ministry and an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Bethel College.

  • Served three terms and now serves as ex-officio since 2001
  • Chair of Student Development Committee

Steven Jones

Fort Wayne, Ind.

Bill HosslerThe Rev. Steven Jones is the president of the Missionary Church. He began his ministry as a church planter in Ohio, pastored churches in Michigan and Indiana and served for 7 years as the Central District Superintendent for the Missionary Church. He has been published in Discipleship Journal, Leadership Magazine, Ideals, Emphasis and Missionary Church Today. Jones was instrumental in developing the denomination's Pastoral Leadership Institute. He has taught principles of leadership on five continents. He served as President and Chairman of both Allen County Right to Life and Integrity Watch, and was the creator and executive director of Love In Deed, Inc., an organization that maximizes the leadership and effectiveness of more than 200 Christian non-profit agencies. In 2008, Jones used Love In Deed to invent SHAREHOUSE, a warehouse distribution program that gives free resources to nearly 180 Christian non-profit organizations and churches. Jones holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Spring Arbor College (1980) and a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary (1983). He has been happily married to his wife, Sue, since 1982; the couple has four adult children.

Daniel W. Kletzing, M.D.

South Bend, Ind.

Dr. Dan KletzingDaniel W. Kletzing, M.D., has more than 35 years of medical experience. He practices as an ear, nose and throat doctor, as well as a head and neck surgeon. In 1978, he was inducted in the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Kletzing served his residency in otolaryngology at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis after receiving his medical diploma from the Indiana University School of Medicine. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Wheaton College in Illinois. He is a member of the Gideons, and a founder and board chairman of Cornerstone Community Church in Granger, Ind. He has served in multiple medical mission trips overseas.

  • Serving second term since 2007
  • Student Development Committee

Randall Lehman

Fort Wayne, Ind.

Randy LehmanRandall Lehman is a wealth management advisor associated with Northwestern Mutual, a company that works with individuals and businesses to determine and monitor their needs for future financial security and to develop appropriate solutions. Lehman is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), the Society of Financial Service Professionals and the Fort Wayne Estate Planning Council. He has earned the professional designations of Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and Accredited Estate Planner (AEP). Lehman is active in his church, The Chapel, in Fort Wayne, and a supporter of the Vera Bradley Foundation. He is a 1982 graduate of Bethel College.

  • Serving second term since 2012
  • Chair of Development and College Relations Committee

Thomas Muselman

Berne, Ind.

Tom MuselmanThomas Muselman has served as president of DRG in Berne, Ind., since 1998. DRG is the parent company of Annie’s and Strategic Fulfillment Group, publishing and fulfillment companies owned by the Muselman family. He began his career at the family-owned printing company on June 1, 1974, working part time during summers at EP Graphics (EPG) and full time beginning in 1980. Muselman graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Business from Indiana University. He also serves on the boards of Berne Tri-Weekly News Inc.; EP Graphics; Smith Brothers of Berne Inc.; and is vice president of the Swiss Village Retirement Center board. Tom is a long-time member of First Missionary Church in Berne.

  • Member since 2007
  • Financial Services Committee

Glen E. Musselman

Mishawaka, Ind.

Glen MusselmanGlen E. Musselman is a retired attorney who was in the private practice of law in Michigan. He is a past president of the Hamtramck Bar Association and a member of many local, state and national bar organizations. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan (AB ’55) and the Detroit College of Law (JD ’57). Musselman was a founding member and past president of the Macomb Arts Council and the Warren Symphony Society. As a lifelong member of the Missionary Church, he served on numerous boards and committees at the local church, district and national level.

  • Emeritus
  • Student Development Committee

Richard H. Riddle

Trabuco Canyon, Calif.

Dick RiddleRichard H. Riddle is the C.E.O. of Church & Casualty Insurance Agency, a successful agency serving the insurance needs of nearly 6,000 churches and other religious institutions in California since 1983. Prior to this, he worked as an elementary school teacher, principal and pastor. In addition, Riddle’s held many positions in the church like Sunday school teacher, superintendent, youth director, board member, etc. He is a 1964 Bethel graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Theology, and received the Professional Achievement Award in 2008 from the college. He also holds a Master of Arts in Elementary Administration from Andrews University in Michigan.

  • Member since 2006
  • Development and College Relations Committee

Arnold O. Sallie

Granger, Ind.

Arnold SallieSince 1997, Arnold O. Sallie has been a partner with Sallie and Associates, a public relations firm in Granger, Ind. He has also served as a senior sales executive for Xerox for 22 years, and a registered securities representative for the Investors Diversified Services/ American Express for more than 10 years. Sallie is a founder of a local chapter of National 100 Black Men, a mentoring organization. In addition, he has also established the Minority Diversity Leadership Initiative, a program identifying emerging minority community leaders. In the community, Sallie has served as the director of community outreach for Memorial Hospital South Bend, and trustee chairman for Greater St. John Missionary Baptist Church. Sallie is a founding member of CommUnity Religious Effort (CURE), a leader for the Community of Difference Program, and a member of the South Bend City Plan Advisory Committee. He holds a degree in business from Joliet Jr. College in Illinois.

  • Member since 2013
  • Development & College Relations Committee

Jimmy Santiago

Chicago, Ill.

Jimmy SantiagoJimmy Santiago has served the Missionary Church for 34 years as a pastor, church planter and coach for many Hispanic church planters. He has served on the Central Region Executive Board as well as on a variety of denominational committees. Santiago was a featured speaker at the Missionary Church General Conference. He is currently the Chicago district director, where he led the way to the planting of 14 churches, introducing many pastors to the denomination. Santiago studied at the Chicago Hispanic Seminary.

  • Member since 2013
  • Academic Services Committee

Chad Stuckey

Fort Wayne, Ind.

Chad StuckeyChad Stuckey is the founder and owner of Brand Innovation Group (BIG), an award-winning branding and communications company in Fort Wayne, Ind. In 2005, he received a Future 40 award honoring community leaders under the age of 40 who represent the future of Fort Wayne. He has been awarded more than 150 regional and national creative awards in the last three years, including the “Fabric of the Community” award from Matthew 25. He has worked closely with local churches such as Woodburn Missionary, Pathway and Fellowship, and has also volunteered for secular and ministry-based non-profits like the Rescue Mission, Junior Achievement, Matthew 25, and more. Stuckey holds a B.S. in Organizational Leadership and an A.S.in Technical Graphics from Purdue University.

  • Member since 2013
  • Development and College Relations Committee

Rickardo Taylor Sr.

Granger, Ind.

Rickardo TaylorThe Rev. Rickardo Taylor Sr. has been the senior pastor of Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church of South Bend, Ind., since 1998. During his tenure there he has provided leadership and guidance over youth, drama, health/wellness and men’s ministries, as well as many others. In the past, Taylor served as a teacher in the public school system where he and his building trade students built seven family homes that were purchased by members of the community. Currently, he serves as a chaplain of the 100 Black Men, and as a member of the intercultural development committee at Bethel. He is working on his bachelor’s degree in Bible and ministry at Bethel College.

  • Member since 2012
  • Student Development Committee

Jerry L. Thacker, Ed.D.

Mishawaka, Ind.

Jerry ThackerJerry L. Thacker, Ed.D, began his career in 1972 as a teacher for Penn-Harris-Madison (PHM) School Corporation and is currently the school district’s superintendent. He previously served as the superintendent of Logansport Community School Corp. In addition, he has served in other roles like assistant superintendent, director of curriculum, and principal at various schools in the Michiana area. Thacker has received many awards including Indiana’s highest honor, the Sagamore of the Wabash in 2014, the 2012 AASA Indiana Superintendent of the Year, the 2012 Alumnus of the Year at Bethel College, the Outstanding Statewide Service Award, and numerous others. He graduated with a B.A in Elementary Education from Bethel College. He received a M.S. in Elementary Education from Indiana University South Bend, and an Ed.D. in Educational Administration/Counseling and Psychology from Andrews University.

  • Member since 2013
  • Academic Services Committee

LeRoy S. Troyer

South Bend, Ind.

LeRoy TroyerLeRoy S. Troyer is the founder, chair and president of The Troyer Group in Mishawaka, Ind., a three-generation family business providing national and international architecture, engineering, construction and planning services. He is the founder of multiple profit and nonprofit entities like Environic Foundation International, Southfield Village, Miracle of Nazareth International Foundation and Eden Energy, just to name a few. Troyer has designed billions of dollars in value of buildings, land plans and facilities including colleges/universities, retirement communities, hospitals, churches, retail buildings, museums, libraries, family attractions, etc. He has served on local, national and international boards, and organized Habitat for Humanity building blitzes used globally, as well as helped build thousands of homes all over the world. Troyer attends Kern Road Mennonite Church where he and his wife serve as elders. They live in Southfield Village, an intergenerational community in South Bend, that their family developed. He holds a degree in architecture from the University of Notre Dame, and is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

  • Serving third term since 2012
  • Development and College Relations Committee

Ronald Williams

Fort Wayne, Ind.

Ronald WilliamsThe Rev. Ronald Williams has been the senior pastor of Pathway Community Church in Fort Wayne, Ind. since 2001. He planted the church in 2002 and saw it grow from a launch team of 60 to more than 3,000 in weekend attendance. His primary role is to provide leadership and vision to the church, in addition to weekend teaching. Prior to his current appointment, Williams served as senior associate for Fellowship Missionary Church in Fort Wayne. There, he provided vision, leadership and direction to student ministries, developed and launched a Generation X ministry and served on both the executive pastoral team and elder team. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Fort Wayne Bible College and master’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. Williams is ordained in the Missionary Church.

  • Member since 2013
  • Academic Services Committee