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Tom Carpenter — Admission Counselor

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Quick Facts

  • Hometown Goshen, IN
  • Education
    • Goshen High School ‘03
    • Bethel College ‘07
      B.A. in Youth Ministry and Adolescent Studies

Contact Tom

  • 800.422.4101
  • 574.807.7357
  • Fax 574.807.7650
  • E-mail Tom

Getting to know Tom

  • Favorite Sports Team Chicago Cubs
  • Favorite Restaurant Das Dutchman Essenhaus in Middlebury, IN
  • Favorite Historical Figure The signers of the Declaration of Independence. They believed so firmly in the idea of freedom, including the freedom to worship God, that they were willing to commit high treason by signing that document. Their resolve to pursue what they believed in, at any cost, inspires me.
  • Favorite way to relax Being outside!! Whether it is reading a book while sitting under a tree, playing disc golf with friends or rollerblading around a park; its all about being outside.
  • Coolest Place you have visited Northern Ireland. I went as part of a ministry group at Bethel. Walking over a rope bridge to an island; hiking to the top of the tallest mountain; finding a way out of huge maze were just a few of the highlights during our adventure.
  • Favorite Scripture 2 Timothy 2:2 (NLT) – “You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.”

Tom’s Story

Growing up in the Missionary Church and having two siblings attend Bethel, I had all but ruled it out as a college choice. That is until I went on my campus visit.  From the moment I stepped on Bethel’s campus as a student searching for where God was leading me, I knew Bethel was it.  This is where I belonged. During my time at Bethel, I got involved with many aspects of the spiritual and social life of the campus. Some highlights include being a Resident Assistant in the freshman men’s residence hall, singing in the concert choir, and traveling to Northern Ireland on a Task Force mission trip.

Through all these things along with meeting new friends/mentors and growing in my relationship with Jesus, only confirmed what I knew to be true back at that first campus visit.  This is where I belong!

Tom’s Advice

My advice is to get out and meet as many people as possible. The friendships you form in college will last a lifetime. Plus, the more people you meet the more opportunities you will have to learn and try new things, which is an important part of the college experience.