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Board of Trustees

Bethel College Board of Trustees

Twenty-two 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, Ind., 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
  • Treasurer/Executive Committee
  • Financial Affairs Committee Chair

 

Judith Davis

Bolingbrook, Ill.

Since 2013, Judith Davis has been the director of the clinical operations support unit for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. She joined the company in 2005 and served in a variety of roles, most recently as senior manager; Intake. Previously, Davis worked for Freiberg Orthopedics and Wediko Children's Center. She earned a Doctorate in Healthcare Administration from Central Michigan University; a Master of Health Services Administration from Xavier University; a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bethel College; and is a fellow at the Academy of Healthcare for Healthcare Management. She serves in numerous capacities for health care-related organizations in the Chicago area.

  • Member since 2014
  • Financial Affairs Committee

 

Dave Engbrecht

Nappanee, Ind.

Dave EngbrechtThe Rev. Dave Engbrecht has been a pastor since 1972 and currently serves as the senior pastor of Nappanee Missionary Church in Nappanee, Ind., where he has been since 1979. During his time there, Engbrecht has completed numerous building projects and averages more than 3,000 in weekend worship attendance. He serves on the boards of World Gospel Mission in Marion, Ind., and Sammy Tippit Ministries in San Antonio, Texas, and held the role of secretary on the Missionary Church board. Engbrecht has spoken at numerous retreats, conferences, and camps in North America, and has ministered around the world. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Vennard College in Iowa and a Master of Education from Concordia College in Nebraska. He has also completed doctoral studies at Temple Baptist Seminary in Chattanooga, Tenn.

  • Serving second term since 2005
  • Student Development 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.

  • Emeritus
  • 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 Affairs 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 1980
  • Development and College Relations Committee
  • Committee on Trustees for 2015

 

Karol Griffin

Mishawaka, Ind.

Karol GriffinKarol Griffin has worked at Teacher’s Credit Union (TCU) snce the 1970s, 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
  • Development and College Relations Committee
  • Committee on Trustees for 2015

 

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. The business is still open 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 1990
  • Chairman of the Board/Executive Committee
  • Financial Affairs Committee and ex-officio
  • Student Development Committee and ex-officio
  • Academic Services Committee and ex-officio
  • Development and College Relations Committee and ex-officio

 

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 several decades, spending most of that time atColonial 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
  • Student Development Committee Chair

 

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.

  • Member since 2013
  • Executive Committee Chair ex-officio
  • Academic Service Committee

 

Eric Kinsman

Elkhart, Ind.

Eric Kinsman in private practice at his firm Kinsman Law Office in Elkhart, Ind. His work is focused in St. Joseph and Elkhart counties. He earned his Juris Doctor in 1997 from DePaul University College of Law; a Bachelor of Arts degree in history; and he attended Bethel College. He serves on boards with Beulah Missionary Church in Goshen, and the Missionary Church North Central District, Elkhart. He serves on the boards of the Indiana State and Elkhart City bar associations. He and his wife, Kristine, have five children.

  • Member since 2014
  • Financial Affairs 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 1995
  • Vice Chair/Executive Committee
  • Development and College Relations Committee Chair
  • Committee on Trustees for 2016

 

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

 

Kathy Rogers

Fort Wayne, Ind.

Kathy Rogers is the president of KB Search Team, Fort Wayne, Indiana, a company she founded in 2009. Her team provides searching and staffing to corporate and non-profit organizations.  She previously served as president and CEO of Time Service, Inc. Rogers currently serves on boards for Junior Achievement, Anthony Wayne Services, Indiana State Chamber Board, Youth for Christ, Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company, and Ivy Tech Northeast Region. She has a Bachelor's in Business Administration from Ball State University and is a Certified Staffing Professional in the American Staffing Association.

  • Member since 2014
  • 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 and College Relations Committee

 

Jimmy Santiago

Chicago, Ill.

Jimmy Santiago Jimmy Santiago has served the Missionary Church for more than three decades 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

 

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 Chair
  • Committee of Trustees for 2016

 

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 1977
  • Student Development 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