Praying for Bethel’s Next President

Welcome Dr. Gregg and Tammy Chenoweth!

We wrote this blog post months ago in anticipation that one day, the final presidential candidate would visit the page and see hundreds of comments written by our students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the college. We are so excited that the day has finally come and we have the opportunity to write a personalized message to you!

Make sure to scroll to the bottom of the page and read through the comments. You will find Bible verses, stories about Bethel, prayers and other words of encouragement. One of Bethel’s greatest strengths is the relationships – the Spirited Connections – that happen here on our campus, and this is our attempt to bring some of those connections to life for you.

We hope this will help you get to know our community a little better. We are excited to have you on campus this weekend and are praying for wisdom and guidance for you and your family!


Original blog post from February 1:

During this time of transition we know that the Bethel family – students, alumni, faculty, staff, friends of the college – are already praying for the presidential search committee to have wisdom and guidance as they make decisions about who will lead Bethel into the next phase of growth. We know you are already praying for President and Mrs. Cramer as they finish well and look forward to a new season of life. But we also would like you to join us in a special initiative to pray for the next president and his/her transition into our community.

“Prayer for the President” is designed to accomplish two goals. First, it serves as a call to corporate prayer. Matthew 18:19-20 tells us that there is power when just two or three gather together and agree in prayer

Second, we want this to serve as a very personal introduction to the Bethel community. We hope that each of the final candidates will visit this page and be greeted by hundreds of comments – encouragements, Bible verses, stories about Bethel, and much more – demonstrating that “Spirited Connections” is much more than a marketing slogan, it is a way of life on our campus. We hope they will see that we care deeply about one another and take time to encourage and pray for one another; that we have taken time to pray for our next president even before we know who s/he will be. Ultimately, we hope this will help the right candidate confirm that this is the place for his/her next step.

And so we invite YOU to join us in praying for the president! Here are ways you can participate:

1. Pray! We’ve created a list of specific prayer points that can help guide you as you pray for our next president.

2. Post a comment below. You can share a Bible verse, a prayer, an encouragement, a quote, a meaningful story about your connection to Bethel, or anything else that you think would be uplifting and would give the candidates a glimpse into the Bethel community.

3. Subscribe to the Bethel Facebook and/or Twitter accounts. Every week during the spring semester we’ll post a different theme for comments that we hope will generate some creative, helpful and fun suggestions for the next president.

4. Share this page ( via email, Facebook, Twitter, etc. with others who are connected to Bethel. Ask them to participate by praying, commenting and sharing.

Thank you for being a part of the Bethel community and for joining us in welcoming our next president!


143 Responses to Praying for Bethel’s Next President

  1. Lynda Roberts says:

    I pray that you have faith to believer God has good plans for you (phillipians 1:6) . Always remembering we are Christ’s children, and He does have good for us. Bethel has such a great vision for God and it will continue to be!

    • Griffyn Carpenter says:

      I Pray that God lead you in the right direction while choosing the next path to take in your life. God had a concrete plan in place for everyone and I cannot wait to see what you both can do for our college. I also pray that God blesses you and your family with great health and great fortune along the way!

  2. Jacqueline Keiser says:

    Psalm 139 God has a plan for you ! Bethel college’s unique purpose is meeting the needs of all students and making a level playing field for everyone to do great things academically and spiritually.

  3. Erin Kinzel says:

    “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” Isaiah 42:16

    As our next president, I hope that you will arrive at Bethel excited about the future but I am sure you will also have to grapple with the unknown. There will be new paths to figure out and new doubts that will require new faith. Isaiah 42:16 is my favorite verse when facing the unknown – it is a verse I have turned to quite often in the midst of my own life transitions and it is my prayer for you as you make the transition to Bethel. I pray that God will guide you along unfamiliar paths; that he will make the dark places light; that he will make the rough places smooth; that you will rest in the promise that he will not forsake you.

    I look forward to seeing what the future holds for you and for Bethel College!

    Erin Kinzel
    Assistant Director of Marketing

  4. Kelsi Suddarth says:

    Bethel College is an amazing school that changes the lives of it’s student and staff. Praying for you and your decision to be a part of this great family of Christ followers!

  5. Lauren Dudley says:

    Dear future President of Bethel College,
    As the process for finding you develops, I hope God is giving you clarity in your decision of becoming part of this amazing college campus. I hope He is tugging at your love for Him and helping you realize that in becoming our President you would be able to impact so many young Christians’ lives. You would be able to help us grow in our faith and allow us to do the same for you. I know in my heart that by coming here you would find such joy and wholeness just as I did when I became a part of the Bethel College family. I pray that this message finds you and gives you peace over your decision to become a part of something as wonderful as this college.
    Lauren Dudley, Junior nursing student and track athlete

  6. Kristin Gentzler says:

    Dear New Bethel College President,

    I pray that through this process you are fixing your eyes on Christ, trusting His plan He has for you and your family. I also pray that you will have peace with your decision to become our new president. Bethel has been a great place for me, and I hope it will be for you too! I’m excited to see how God will work through you on our campus.


  7. Jessica Weaver says:

    Praying for you and your family as you follow God’s will, hopefully leading you here :) Bethel College is an amazing college that invests in the students and staff beyond simply academic achievement.

    Jer. 29:11-13

  8. Mallory Gilkey says:

    I have enjoyed being apart of the Bethel College community these past few years. It is a great place for me to learn academically and grow spiritually in my relationship with Christ. I pray for the future president of Bethel College, and that God provides an easy transition for the next chapter in that individual’s life.

  9. Lauren Cox says:

    Dear Future President,
    We pray that God would guide you as you seek His will in leadership. Bethel has had a history of great presidents who have all sought the Lord for guidance, which has reflected the way that they have faithfully lead the school. Bethel has been a blessing in my life, and I pray that it will continue to be a blessing in the lives of future students.

    “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.” (Colossians 1:9-12)

  10. Joseph Morrison says:

    My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Proverbs 3:1-4
    I pray that you follow God’s directing as you come to help lead Bethel college. He will guide you and prosper everything you do, if you just lean on him alone.

  11. Krystina Hockin says:

    Dear future President of Bethel College,
    It is my prayer that you will seek God first, basing your life and decisions off His Word. For “all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousnes, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” 1 Timothy 3:16. Whomever God has prepared to come lead as Bethel’s new president, I believe God has equipped you for this time and will work out wonderful things through you. Bethel is a wonderful college with faculty and staff who invest in the life of their students above and beyond the call of duty. When you step into this place, you step into what God is doing here and I believe it will be a blessing to all involved.

  12. Karli Pepin says:

    Hey, I am a nursing student at Bethel. I just wanted to let you know how amazing Bethel is. It is found on the Lord, and His word. Every class and every teacher really care about their students, and foremost the God they love. In classes, teachers almost always ask for prayer requests, and they take time to pray for each of them individually. Bethel is full of supportive faculty, and students eager to learn. The faculty members often go out of their way to help a student that needs to be caught up due to illness, or for someone who just cannot seem to understand a math problem. Time is generous at Bethel, and students enjoy their time here at this school.

    Much prayer and support,

  13. Jaimee Bingle says:

    My staff and I continue to pray for you and your family as you transition into the role as the seventh president of Bethel College. I believe that you will find a family atmosphere here where we all work together (faculty and staff) to provide a quality education and spiritual growth for all students.

    I have worked here for nearly five years as the director of marketing and communications, and I am always amazed at the heart of our faculty, staff, students and alumni. So many of them are doing amazing things on campus, in this city and all over the world. I love sharing these stories in many of our publications. It encourages me in my own walk with the Lord.

    I can’t wait to hear your story and share it with the Bethel family!

  14. God we pray for the next president of Bethel College. Give them vision and grace with that incredibly challenging leadership position. I pray that you Lord would bring the right person to the search committee. I that the Bethel family would welcome them with open arms and be prepared to be led into a great and new future! Your will be done, Jesus! Amen.

  15. Joe says:

    One of the greatest experiences I had was through Bethel’s PacRim program. It was really an incredible time as I was on the first team that went out. The staff were nervous because they didn’t know how it would go, but even today I don’t think there’s been anyone who’s regretted going. All those kids, from my years and since, are lucky that Bethel offers such a program!

  16. Lissa Diaz says:

    My prayer is that God will lead, direct and equip you to be the president that Bethel needs during this time in the college’s history, and that you will find Bethel to be a warm, vibrant, caring community. I pray for your family during the impending transition, that you would sense God’s peace in your decision to come to Bethel, and that you will feel welcomed with open arms. Bethel is a special place where students not only get a solid eduction, but many also experience spiritual transformation. I am excited to see where God will lead Bethel during your tenure. Know that you are covered in prayer!

  17. Jeremiah Diaz says:

    My prayer is that God would bring something unexpected and wonderful. That beyond a stature, resume or physical appearance, this individual would have great vision and the God-filled drive to lead this institution in ways that were never thought of before. My prayer would be that someone outside the realm of playing favorites, but within the realm of making wise choices that sometimes seem counter-directive to past decisions would both lead and serve in the true form; not taking the accounts of few in consideration, but the many from themselves down to every student, faculty, staff or any other employee.

    “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King

    “Humility isn’t thinking less of you,
    It’s thinking of you less.”

  18. Psalm 119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”

    Psalm 81:10, “I am the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt; open your mouth wide and I will fill it.”

    John 10:27, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”

    Psalm 37:4-5, “Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.”

    Something to remember: It’s not about you, it’s not about the students, and it’s not about Bethel College; everything is all about Christ.

  19. Katherine Ross says:

    “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9.

    I take comfort in knowing that the future president of Bethel will find his or her way here through steps established by God. What a blessing and reassurance!

  20. Jon Rolon says:

    Isaiah 40:29 – “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”

    Regardless of who you are or where you came from, through God’s amazing power and strength you can be transformed to do His will and to lead through the Holy Spirit.

    Bethel is the perfect place to come to with a broken soul, heavy chains, and baggage. So many opportunities to grow and so many people to be a crutch for your broken walk with God. My prayers go out to Bethel College in the pursuit of a new President. May God bless this Bethel with the leadership of an individual striving to follow God’s plan for this great school.

  21. Erin Kinzel says:

    In addition to all the verses and encouragements posted here I thought it might be nice to share a few practical things with you. I’m assuming you will probably move here from another city/state – maybe that won’t be the case but if it is, you might like to have some recommendations of area events, restaurants, and attractions that you shouldn’t miss. I hope others will chime in with their thoughts, but here are a few restaurants I’d recommend:

    If you like Asian food you must try JW Chen’s (, their food is excellent. The Almond Shrimp is my absolute favorite, I always have remind myself not to lick the plate clean. :) Jean, the owner, is the one who usually takes the orders and she is wonderful about listening to your preferences and recommending a dish just for you or even creating something specific to your tastes.

    Polito’s is an Italian restaurant close to campus that many students and employees enjoy. Their breadsticks are huge and are especially good dipped in their signature vodka sauce. (Yes, I just recommended vodka sauce to the next president of Bethel College… It’s Bethel approved, I promise!!) Of course they also have delicious pizza and pasta and serve such big portions that I usually bring a lot home for a second meal.

    For a glimpse of South Bend’s history you should try Tippecanoe Place ( The restaurant is housed in the mansion built by the Studebaker family in the late 1800’s – the mansion is stunning and you will feel like you’ve stepped back in history.

    I’m sure there are more I could share but I will stop with those. I pray God will bless you as you make the transition here, not just in spiritual ways but in all ways physical as well.

  22. Jessica Lacay says:

    I’m so excited what the Lord has been doing on this campus! I’m so blessed to be an alumni from Bethel College. Not only was Bethel College an academic institution of choice for me, but a family! I believe 100% the Lord has annointed Bethel for reaching the people that step onto it’s campus. The atmosphere and intentionality of faculty, staff, and students is very significant and one-of-a-kind, encouraging, lifting, and attitude of servants unto the Lord! I can tell you, from the bottom of my heart, that the Lord has used Bethel College to grow in my relationship with Him and empower me in my education. I just want to express to you how much Bethel College meant to me as a student and now as an employee. I’m so grateful to be working here, recruiting students to come to this amazing institution. I believe God will guide you and direct you to accomplish great things with Bethel College through Him!

  23. Michelle says:

    Welcome to a very special community…a family that will support and pray for you as you make yourself at home! :)

  24. Michelle says:

    Welcome to the family…a family that will support and pray for you and be with you from here on out!

  25. Matt Esau says:

    I’m so excited to meet you and your family! Bethel’s best days are still ahead. I can only imagine the work God will do here as a new phase at Bethel College begins! Praying that we move forward with anticipation and excitement and let go of any fear that would hinder us:

    The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15

  26. Jonn DeVon says:

    I pray for leadership that will result in a fresh direction. Brave leadership that will take the college into ground breaking territory. A new outlook with a high perspective. Goals that appear unattainable but cause goal oriented success. A reorganization resulting in creativity and healthy financial mindsets. May breakthrough be the word for this coming year.


  27. Lindsey Hab says:

    Bethel College is truly a unique and special place. You could argue that any college could claim that, but in Bethel’s case, it’s the truth! As a graduate of Bethel and now a staff memeber, I’ve experienced from both perspectives the amazing community we have here. I pray the Lord guides exactly the right person to Bethel to serve as the type of leader who can not only embrace us for who we are but at the same time bring us to a whole new level. I pray a blessing over whoever our new president may be, that they have peace in the decision process and a strong sense of calling from the Lord.

  28. Mike Romero says:

    Bethel College has always been a beacon of hope in this dark world. I believe God already has this man picked out, and he will continue the legacy of training up quality leaders.

  29. Mona Conrad says:

    I recently viewed a video of the history of Bethel College; it reminded me of the prayer commitment of those who started the college and God’s faithfulness through the years. Prayer surrounds you as you take steps toward your future with Bethel College. I hope you find great comfort in knowing the Bethel community will lift you up continually.

    Isaiah 30:21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

  30. Earl Smith says:

    I believe that Bethel will benefit as much from the leadership of her next president as the president will benefit from being part of the Bethel community.

    This is my prayer, that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God.

  31. nick M says:

    We are praying for guidance and wisdom for you as you take the next step in coming to Bethel. As President the whole community of Bethel is looking up to you. We are praying for a strong leader to take Bethel to the next level and on to bigger and better things. God Bless!

  32. Kelsey Bucknam says:

    As my college career comes to an end, I look back at Bethel’s rich history and all it has done. I know that God will continue to do wonderful things through this school. As we transition to a new president, I pray for wisdom, peace, and belonging- that our new president would feel as at home here as the students, faculty and staff do. I also pray that this new person would bring a new zest and outlook that would blend with the school and add to all that this college has to bring.

  33. Kristie Nave says:

    I am a Junior Communications major here at Bethel and during my three years on campus I have felt so blessed to experience such a strong community among the students and faculty. The professors genuinely care about each of the students and invest time both inside and outside the classroom to help us. I have never been to another place where people that you don’t know will say hello to you on the sidewalk. :)

    I pray as you come to Bethel that you will be filled with peace about being on this campus and that the Lord will give you the wisdom you need. I pray that you will have a smooth transition into this campus. I pray that you will be able to experience the community at Bethel like we have.

  34. NaRa Lee says:

    Bethel is a place where I…
    1. feel safe
    2. feel comfortable
    3. have fun with my friends

    It’s a good place to be at.

  35. Evan Giles says:

    I am a Senior Art major at Bethel college and am greatly looking forward to graduation. However, looking back on the years I have spent here, I have grown much because of the community and professors here. I pray that the next President can come to experience the same with their time here and share the sense of Home at Bethel.

  36. Mandy Fox says:

    When I was searching for a college, the only place I wanted to go was here. I knew that this was already my home, I saw God in everyone who walked the paths of Bethel College. I knew without a shadow of a doubt that God was on this campus and if I wished to grow that I should be there too. I believe that God has called us all here for His specific purposes and that the next leader of our college will be led here for the same reasons. I know that God has chosen an incredible leader for us, someone who will come alongside the staff, faculty, and students of this place that I hold so dear and lead us into God’s plans for us. I pray that the next leader of our college will find the same kind of home here at Bethel as the one I have found, that they will see the wonderful future that Bethel has in store.

  37. Mckenzie Mallo says:

    Ecclesiastes 3:1
    “For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven.”
    I pray that God will bless you and your family in the following transitions from one place to another! Bethel is a special place; I am thankful that I have been blessed with the community and the people at this college. I pray that you will come to love this place as much as I have! See you on the sidewalk!

  38. Luke Eichorn says:

    We are all excited and eager to meet you and see how God will use you on our campus. God bless as you prepare to run our school and know that we will continually be praying for you.

  39. Jacob Busscher says:

    It is my hope that Bethel too will become your second home. Not only has it encouraged me as a believer, it has been a blessing to find a warm community. May the Bethel community welcome and bless you in your future endeavor.

  40. Morgan Fox says:

    We are looking forward to meeting you and getting to know you. Bethel is a close knit community where one can grow and be challenged both spiritually and academically. It is a special place and we are looking forward to having you here.

    Proverbs 3:5-6

  41. Mike Reiner says:

    You should come to a baseball game this season! We’d love to see you out there!

  42. Jordyn Coon says:

    We are very excited to have you, we all are praying for you and can’t wait to meet you! You will definitely have to stop by for a couple basketball games!

  43. Drew Schauss says:

    We’re excited to have you and have been praying for you. I hope Bethel treats you well and you enjoy your time here. Support men’s basketball! Good luck!

  44. Natalie Newell says:

    I just wanted to take a second to let you know that Bethel College is praying for you and thinking about you. We are very excited to meet you and are excitedly awaiting your arrival. I know Bethel has really had a huge impact on my life and I’m sure it will do the same for you. I pray that this change is smooth for you and you enjoy Bethel.

  45. Kristina Dik says:

    I just want to say welcome. I am a freshman here at Bethel and I have felt very welcome so far. So now I am passing it on to you. :) I hope you enjoy your time at Bethel for many years to come.

  46. Krystal Kotesky says:

    Bethel College is a wonderful school and I think you will enjoy the God’s preasence on campus! The Lord has led you here for a reason and we are excited for you and praying for you! With help from God, I am sure you will do an amazing job! Psalm 32:8 says, “I will instruct and teach you the way you should go. I will counsel you with My loving eye upon you.” This verse really helped my in my calling to youth ministry and it could help you as you take on the task of becoming our new presedent! Thank you for taking on this responsibility and God bless you!

  47. Mike King says:

    Praying that you are able to call Bethel College your home. I pray that you get to know the family and community that is of Bethel College and embrace it to the fullest. I trust that you will lead this school to where it needs to be in accordance with God’s will. So stay encouraged and know that you are prayed for as you take the step in being the next great leader and Presidenct of this fine college.

  48. Jacy Borlik says:

    Howdy! I just want to personally welcome you to Bethel College. We are all so excited and blessed to have you here and we believe that this is God’s will. Just a few tips about the area: Famous Dave’s has the BEST cornbread.. before you go, check it out!! The dollar movie theater right down the street from Famous Dave’s also is very impressive. They always are so up to date on their movies and it’s a great way to pass the time. If you’re looking for a church, try Granger Community Church. You will feel right at home. They are a modern church with video, band, guest speakers, and I think about 1,000 people attend every service. You will get a lot out of the messages. I wish you all the best and look forward to meeting you!

  49. Emily Myers says:

    Bethel is such a great place to be and we are so excited for you to join us here! We are all anticipating you’re arrival and praying for you in this time of decisions and transitions.

  50. Jill Focht says:

    Dear future president,

    Bethel is excited to welcome you! We pray you fit into the community at Bethel and lead as God would have you.

  51. Matt Schauss says:

    I wish the very best for you and hope you will enjoy it here! See you soon!

  52. Jacob Tezak says:

    Remember that change is exciting.

  53. Josh Miller says:

    I, as well as many others, are anxious to meet you. We cannot wait to see what you’re going to do to further and improve this college. Hope the year goes well and we cannot wait for your arrival!

  54. Jackson Boisse says:

    Thank you for your willingness to follow God’s leading toward this position. I hope he guides your decisions and gives you the wisdom to lead.

  55. Lindsay Marks says:

    Dear Future President,

    We are eagerly awaiting your arrival. We are so excited to see how God will work in and through you and as a result, work in our campus. We are praying for guidance and direction in your life and we know that this will be a great place and fit for you. Bethel has impacted my life in so many ways and I know that the students, faculty, and staff will impact your life too!

    God Bless,
    Lindsay Marks

  56. Easton Katayama says:

    B I know you’re BEAUTY on the inside will shine upon campus.
    L Your LOVE for the Lord will be easily seen.
    E Everyone will be blessed by your ENTHUSIASM.
    S A SMILE of yours will reflect Christ.
    S It will be hard to miss your heart that SHINES for His glory.
    I I am already thankful for your INTUITIVENESS.
    N NO EVIL will overcome for WE are your family.
    G Thank you for your GRACIOUSNESS.

  57. Elizabeth Wierenga says:

    I am praying for you.
    Proverbs 3:5-6
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and HE will make your path straight.

  58. Kayla DiGirolamo says:

    Good luck in this new adventure God has blessed you with. May everyday be filled with joy and blessings. Remember that God has put you here for a reason and be greatly encouraged by that!

  59. Jessica Lovely says:

    I encourage you to always make time to sit before God and choose His way. His ways are above our ways.

    Always keep your focus on Christ and you will go far. Being at a college can be fast paced, so remember to slow down and take time to be in His presence.

  60. Edoarda I. Perez says:

    Thank you for stepping up to the challenge and being willing to take your place as a leader in this institution. I pray that God will give you wisdom and guidance as you form new relationships and try to make yourself a part of this family. I pray you will be at peace during your time here and I pray God shows you what the next years will look like for Bethel College. May our Father uplift you and bless you; may He surround you with His love and peace.

  61. Mary D'Agostino says:

    Welcome to Bethel College! I pray God will give you wisdom throughout your time here at Bethel. Bethel College is so great and such an encouragement to me. I know the staff will support you in all the ways they can.

  62. Julia Shin says:

    May God’s plan for you at Bethel College be done beautifully. You are such a blessing to us. Be aware that students are praying for you. We thank you for your heart and passion for Bethel College. We are very happy to have you as our president!

  63. Elizabeth Hartman says:

    We are praying for you in your decision to come to Bethel. God is doing amazing things here now, and we know that He will continue to work through you as you come to Bethel as a leader. We are thankful for everything that you will do to serve our college and the people here. We hope that we will be able to be a blessing to you as well.

  64. Katie Barabas says:

    Bethel College is a place of second chances. I had to drop out during the first semester of my freshman year due to depression, but when I returned that following year, the Bethel community welcomed me back with open arms! You are about to join a place with an amazing story, and I’m excited for you to become a part of our legacy. Welcome to the family.

  65. Emily Wenger says:

    Thank you for choosing to invest your life in Bethel College and the students and faculty. I pray that God will give you wisdom as you allow Him to guide you in making decisions. My experience so far at Bethel has been amazing! The community is great, and I’m sure you’ll find that as well. I hope that you enjoy your time at Bethel serving as our President. God bless!

  66. Katie Weakland says:

    “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

    Seek God. Seek God often. God is the goal, don’t lost sight of that.

  67. Joel Boehner says:

    Welcome to Bethel! I love this place; it’s changed my life!!

  68. Luke Frey says:

    Welcome to THE Bethel College. We are super pumped to meet you in person, as we know you will make an immediate impact. Just remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. And if it was, it wouldn’t have looked as sweet as it does today.

  69. Kayla Pawling says:

    When you come to Bethel you will not want to miss out on the basketball games! We look ridiculous sometimes, but we have a lot of fun! I can’t wait for you to see how special and fun Bethel is, and we are so stoked to meet you! God bless!

  70. Lauren R. Dexter says:

    I would like to thank you for taking on Bethel. I have no doubt you will find that this campus is more than just a college – it’s a family growing in God. I trust you will grow more in Him and grow closer to your staff and all members of this community of believers. Looking forward to you being a part of this campus!

  71. Elizabeth Meert says:

    I am praying for you and your family as you face this transition in your lives.I am asking God to give you peace, but also excitement as you begin this new adventure.

  72. Lucas Santos says:

    I pray that God gives you peace during this new time in your life. We all know that change can be hard, I pray that you can find rest in God and that He can give you courage and wisdom to lead us. Be at peace, and know that He is God over your life! We all know it is, but sometimes even I forget and I get anxious, so its nice to be reminded. God bless.

  73. Erin Hunt says:

    Thank you for considering BC and let me just say its a great place. It’s such a family environment and everyone is always so kind and welcoming. Bethel is a GREAT place.

  74. Mereta Ekstrand says:

    Welcome to Bethel. I pray that God will use you in amazing ways here. Also for your adjustment here at Bethel. Change is hard, I know. Living my life as the daughter of missionaries I know how hard it is. So now I pray for you in this time of change.

  75. Kelsey Cripe says:

    You would be extremely lucky to be the president at Bethel College. It is an amazing school that has taught me so much. I pray that your transition to our school goes well. Enjoy!

  76. I just wanted to take this opportunity to welcome you (in advance, in faith :)), to the Bethel family. My four years at Bethel, were four of the best years of my life, something I will treasure always. You have been blessed with an incredible position and I pray that you will seek God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, as you lead His people at Bethel.

    God has blessed you RICHLY!

  77. Molly O'Grady says:

    Bethel has shaped me spiritually and has given me many friends. I do not regret my decision on coming here–it has made me a better person!

  78. Mary Pottenger says:

    I’m praying that this is a smooth transition for you and that you find Bethel to be wonderful. I’m praying for you to bravely share what the Lord has put on your heart, and I’m praying that everyone welcomes you with open arms. Remember that God wants to do amazing things through you! I’m excited to meet you and see all of the good things that will happen.

  79. Rachel Deboer says:

    As you start this new journey with Bethel, know that we are praying for you! I pray that He would guide you and bless you. He will provide all that you need if you trust in him. He is your Rock, your strength, and your Joy. The Lord is so good! Praise His holy name!

  80. Dominique Carter says:

    May God bless you with a long and prosperous presidency here at Bethel. And hopefully you have joy along the way.

  81. Jim Morris says:

    Live and Love like HIM and everything will fall into place.

  82. Mitchell Horn says:

    “The Lord your God is with you the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” -Zephaniah 3:17

  83. Kristyn Burt says:

    “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” -John 14:27

  84. Lisette Avila says:

    Before Bethel, I didn’t know I could find people who would mean so much to me or find a path towards God. Bethel has become a great place to meet life long friends, grow spiritually, and over all find out the kind of girl God made me to be. This is not just a place/building, but home as well. Bethel has become a great impact in my life and I know it will for you too. Welcome to the Family.

  85. Lindsay Ann Hoffmann says:

    Welcome to Bethel College! Bethel is such a joy to be at. Everyone here is so welcoming and kind. Some great things about Bethel include: the small community (everyone knows each other), the Christian atmosphere, the caring faculty, the students, and of course the squirrels. I know you are going to fit in just perfectly to our Bethel family. I pray that you and your family enjoy Bethel just as much as I do.

  86. Joseph Nenis says:

    Bethel College has been a part of my life and my family’s lives for many years now, it’s blessed us in numerous ways. I can’t wait to see where you lead Bethel College to in the future years! May God Bless you.

  87. Jordan Norris says:

    Firstly, I just want to say welcome to Bethel and I hope you are looking forward to being here because God is doing amazing things around this campus and people are truly being impacted by being here. Secondly, I would like to say that as a president remember that we desire to get to know you, the more you are around us the more impact as a leader you can have on this campus. Lastly, I just want you to know you are prayed for and we are excited to see what God will do through you!

  88. Juan Torres says:

    Welcome to Bethel College, with Christ at the helm. I want to welcome you to a wonderful college where God is present on campus. This college has changed my spiritual walk by blessing me with wonderful people, mentors that I never had before in high school. It’s my second year at Bethel College, and I’m excited to finish my last two years with you. I’m sure God has placed you here for a reason, God has a purpose for everything. Welcome to Bethel!

  89. Janae Bontrager says:


    I am looking forward to this next year at Bethel College. I know that God has a lot planned for Bethel these next few years and he definitely has placed you in your position for a reason. I pray that you will have a successful, enjoyable time in your position! God Bless.

  90. Jacob McCleery says:

    Welcome! We’re glad you are here, and we hope you find Bethel to be a place you can call home, just as I and many other students do. I hope and pray that coming to Bethel is a smooth and easy transition for you and your family. I know these kind of transitions can be difficult, so I encourage you to trust in Him and what He has planned. We are so excited that you have joined the Bethel family.

  91. Kelsey DePoy says:

    Bethel is a great place where you really see God working not only in the professors but also in the students. We can’t wait to see what God has in store for you and the future of Bethel College. May God Bless you.

  92. Dustin A. Stuckey says:

    Thank you for choosing to invest in the lives of these college students here. we hope that you will find this to be a warm and welcoming community. There are so many people praying for God’s guidance and blessing on your life.

    “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the rock eternal.” Isaiah 26:3-4

  93. Everett Forrester says:

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart. This is God’s greatest command. In all your ways acknowledge him so you shall dwell in the land.

    This is a verse of a great hymn called “Trust in the Lord,” the real message is in the chorus, though I cannot remember at the moment what the words actually say. Just trust in the Lord with all your heart, and he will direct your path.

  94. Michael V. Goodson says:

    This school is infected with something good, hope you catch it and make it even better.

  95. Evan J. Pulliam says:

    Good luck with everything that may come to you. I hope your experience is as warm and welcoming as mine was the first time I stepped on Bethel’s campus. May the Lord bless you in everything you do for this campus and community.

  96. Matthew D'Amico says:

    I just want to welcome you to Bethel College! I am looking forward to what God has in store here in the next few years! God does everything for a purpose, and I know you’re here for a reason, and that’s to bless Bethel College!

  97. Joseph Beachey says:

    Welcome to the place I’ve learned to call home. This is truly a wonderful place and an incredible Christian environment. I hope Bethel College can bring as much joy and light into your life as it has to mine. (Joshua 1:9)

  98. Justine Allen says:

    Welcome to Bethel!! Looking forward to getting to know you, and remember, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) Looking forward to the years ahead.

  99. Erica Schwarz says:

    Welcome to Bethel College! My experience here has been rewarding and fruitful,as I hope yours will be. May Christ be your focus as you step into the role of the President. God has His hand upon this campus and I pray He will use you, as His instrument, to lead with confidence, courage, and wisdom.

  100. Geandra Zimmer says:

    Welcome to Bethel College! May God provide you a great experience! I will be praying for you!

  101. Jessica Schrock says:

    First, i would like to say welcome! Everyone is really that glad that you are here. I hope that you find Bethel College as great as I do, and I’m sure that the longer you are here you will love it more. I just want you to know that we have all been praying for you! I hope that your transition to Bethel goes smoothly. Congrats!

  102. LeAnne Bope says:

    I am a transfer student. I’ve been here three semesters. Bethel is like a little family. I’m part of the education department and my professors and peers there are one of the greatest support systems I’ve ever had! Hope you feel at home here too.

  103. Lexie King says:

    Bethel is such a great place. I am in the nursing program here and I love all the opportunities I have through labs and other experiences. The atmosphere at Bethel is such a blessing and God is very present here.

  104. Elizabeth Platt says:

    Welcome to Bethel!

    I pray that you will find this community as welcoming as I have. The campus body here has a true love for God and desires to draw closer to Him corporately and individually. You are in our prayers even now!

  105. Josh Brenneman says:

    Welcome to Bethel College! Home to speed bumps, stop signs, and squirrels. I hope the transition goes smoothly and that you feel appreciated by all. Also, feel free to come to soccer games.

  106. Laura Conrad says:

    Welcome to Bethel!

    We’re so glad you chose to be our president. Bethel is a loving and comfortable community to be around. We look forward to getting to know you.

  107. Katie Butler says:

    Welcome to BC! I know that this community will bring you many blessings and joy as our new president! Trust the Lord with all your heart and I know you will fit right in with the Bethel community. I wish you all the best! GO BC!

  108. Mallory Conrad says:

    Being a third generation student of Bethel, it’s obvious the school has great qualities and important things to offer since they keep us coming.

  109. Michael Mislan says:

    Bethel has a great community. The people here are fantastic and unlike anywhere else. Mishawaka/South Bend has almost everything to offer. I play basketball here and I will be a senior next year. The games are always fun and exciting to go to!

  110. Drew Vos says:

    I love the community in my freshman dorm (Oakwood). I am also very proud of my track team and think the program here is like no other program around. The people here are what makes this college exceptional.

  111. Lori R. Prewitt says:

    Welcome to Bethel! I’m hoping you start to feel at home real soon. I’m an adult student here at Bethel and the Faculty is wonderful at making me feel at home. I wish you the best and congratulations in your new position here at Bethel.

  112. Rachel Robinson says:

    Bethel has been a wonderful experience so far for me as a freshman. I am looking forward to my next three years here. I think you will find that Bethel has a very welcoming community that makes you feel right at home in an unfamiliar place. I am praying that God leads you through this new exciting journey and you really get a warm welcome from the Bethel community.

  113. Jami Reinhard says:


    I look forward to meeting you and seeing how you will positively impact Bethel’s campus. I’ve enjoyed my freshman year here and look forward to 3 more wonderful years! May God direct you as you lead our campus. Thank you in advance.

  114. Jennifer Berkey says:

    Good luck with this position! I’m sure you’re a wonderful fit! Can’t wait to watch what God does through you on our campus! You’re in my prayers! Welcome to Bethel College!!

  115. Mckenzie Byler says:

    Bethel is a very welcoming place. The atmosphere is very positive, and so many people here show great leadership. The professors and students have taught me so much about my faith, and I am so grateful to have been able to experience that here.

  116. Emily Maceda Leon says:

    “Oh that you would bless me indeed, enlarge my territory, that your hand would be with me always, and you would keep me from evil.” -Jabez

  117. Megan Young says:

    I would like the new president to feel welcome to Bethel. I would encourage you to visit the theatre or music department because they are fun, welcoming, exciting people. The departments also put on shows and events that are pretty amazing! Once again welcome to Bethel!

  118. Laura Johnson says:

    I couldn’t be happier with my decision to transfer here to Bethel. My life has changed because of it. Basketball has been a huge part of that with it’s family aspect and coach caring first about our relationship with Christ, then academics, then basketball. I love everything about Bethel and am so thankful God brought me here.

  119. Luz Miranda Rivera says:

    Jeremiah 18:6

    “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.”

    God, have control of everything.

  120. Kolee New says:

    Finding the right guy to be the president for Bethel has been a long process, but with all the prayers that have gone into it I know that they chose the right person.

    I wish you all the blessing and knowledge for taking this on.

  121. Georgia Boisse says:

    Hey there!

    If there are two things I have learned at Bethel they are 1) If you want students at an event, make sure there are free t-shirts or food. And 2) When you are having a rough day take some time to put those feet up on your desk and enjoy your favorite piece of chocolate. Chocolate heals more than people know! Good luck here at Bethel and keep smiling!

  122. Jennifer Miller says:

    Welcome to Bethel! Congratulations on becoming part of the Bethel family. The whole environment here at Bethel is something that has blessed me in so many ways. The way that people come together from a variety of backgrounds but still find common ground in their love of Christ is very special. It goes to show that from wherever you come we are all one in Christ Jesus. Blessings to you.

  123. Jessica Boshaw says:

    This year was my first year at Bethel College and I loved the freshman experience. I made a lot of great memories from going to soccer and basketball games to having coffee drinks at Sufficient Grounds. Their drinks are amazing and I love the caramel iced mocha. I love chapel; it’s probably the most uplifting time out of the week. If you get the chance, you should definitely go. I hope your first year here is as memorable and uplifting as mine. God bless you.

  124. Michael Garza says:

    Hello! I hope you have a great time when you get here. Bethel is a great college that has expanded my views on life in the world and my life with Christ. The students here are friendly and the teaching staff are encouraging to be with. I hope Christ is with you during your time here and long after you leave.

  125. Natalie Croft says:

    I hope you enjoy your transition into Bethel’s new president! I will be praying for you during this time, just as God chose Esther He chose you for such a time as this.

    P.S Warm apple cinnamon scones from Sufficient Grounds soothe the soul :)

  126. Kathleen Sutula says:

    Congratulations and welcome to Bethel! Bethel is one of my favorite places in the world, and I know that soon it will be one of yours as well. Good luck! Praying for you.

  127. Michael Baughman says:

    I would like to start this message by welcoming you to Bethel College. You have come to a great place. This is a place where lives are transformed, students and faculty are in community with one another, and God is present. The three years I have been here have been spectacular, I have truly been blessed by all of those surrounding me. I know for a fact I will never forget Bethel as it has had a significant impact on my life. I am sure it will do the same for you. I pray that things go well right from the beginning and that your time here is encouraging and allows for you to change others and be changed.

  128. Lindsay Sherburn says:

    Welcome to Bethel College! I hope your time here is as fulfilling as mine has been. My experience at Bethel has grown, challenged, and stretched me to be a better person than I was before I came. I pray that God not only uses you to strengthen this school, but also uses the community of Bethel to strengthen you. Prayers and blessings!

  129. Hope Swanson says:

    Thank you for your obedience to God’s call! Although I am graduating, I look forward to hearing about this new chapter in the story of Bethel College. I pray that God would give you guidance as you make this transition, wisdom as you face decisions about the future of this school, and peace in knowing that you were chosen for a purpose. May you find a home in this community, as so many have before you.

  130. Micah Schaefer says:


    May your will and vision for this college be at the forefront of both the committee and the new president. Give strength, leadership, relationship, and a conviction for what is virtuous to the new president with opportunities to exemplify all positive attributes. May his/her will be yours. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

  131. Jeffrey R. Santos says:

    One of my favorite memories as I arrived at Bethel was the almost overwhelming presence of friendly people saying hello every morning. I almost ran away since it was so much love! Hopefully I pray that you feel the same way. Thank you for letting the Lord use you! Blessings.

  132. Katrina Klingberg says:

    Welcome to the Bethel family. We have all been praying for you and are excited to see what the future will bring for all of us. Bethel is a great place to be a part of and I think you will really love it here. Just like it says in Matthew 19:26 “…With God, all things are possible.”

  133. Hannah Wineland says:

    Congrats- We have faith that you can lead Bethel in the right direction. Thank you for being willing to step up and provide leadership for our beloved college. I will be praying for you! God Bless you.

  134. Maria Cardoza says:

    Congratulations on receiving this role at Bethel College! I have really enjoyed my time here thus far and am excited to continue on under a new leadership. I pray that God will guide your decisions, acts, and behaviors in a way which glorify’s Him and is respectful to Bethel.

  135. Kacey Swafford says:

    We can’t wait to meet you and we trust you’re going to be a fantastic leader here at Bethel College! I’m sure God has great plans for our future as a college and He will give you the wisdom you need as you’re making hard decisions.

  136. Josh Miller says:

    I would like to welcome you to Bethel college. We are so pleased to have you as our new President. I am a junior elementary education major, and I have enjoyed my time here at Bethel. I wish you nothing but the best for the future, and will be praying for you and the future of our great school. Thank you and congratulations.

  137. Kaitlyn Smith says:

    Bethel College is a great place to grow in Christ while preparing for your future career. I couldn’t be happier with my decision to attend here. The staff and faculty are so encouraging and challenge us in different ways all the time. People on campus definitely have hearts for Jesus!

    I am praying for you, as you make this decision to become president of our campus. Thank you for your willingness to serve and I look forward to having you at Bethel! God Bless!

  138. Laura Hoffer says:

    I am excited to see what the next school year brings. I believe God has a wonderful plan for Bethel and He is using you to help us. God is GOOD! I am praying for you as you start this new path of life.

  139. Juan Juarez says:

    Welcome to our college, all has been fun and well. Time flies so enjoy your time here. God bless and go in Peace.

  140. Jafet Moya says:

    First and foremost, we are delighted to have you on board! As a student I would like to say our Bethel committee did a great job in finding you! We are pleased to have you as our leader, and being able to represent us! We hope to find guidance and wisdom through you! A warm welcome on behalf of the student body.

  141. Keri Lencke says:

    I have 6 short weeks left until I graduate from Bethel College. My 4 years here have been absolutely amazing. I have grown spiritually, met a ton of best friends, and enjoyed every day here. God’s presence is well-known here and I pray that it always will be. You will never find more genuine, authentic people than you see at Bethel. As a community and a future alum, we will pray for your leadership and the campus in general!

  142. Grace Jackson says:

    Your transition here has been prayed over by many students, faculty and staff. Be confident and open in your decision making, and always listen to the heartbeat of this school: the students. God Bless you for your life of ministry.

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