Alumna Mary Pottenger ’15 serves as the Dismas Designs Project Manager at Dismas House of South Bend (named for the repentant thief at the cross). It’s a place where formerly incarcerated individuals and college students live at the same residence, where they can grow and learn together. As part of her job, Pottenger works to spread awareness about Dismas, while teaching jewelry-making workshops to the residents at the house.
Last year, Andrew Cary ’15 connected with Habitat for Humanity through the annual Bethel College Career and Internship Fair. This year, he stood on the other side of the table as one of 100 employers represented at the fair.
“In 12 months I’ve come full circle,” he says.
Since 2011, alumnus Geoff King ’07 has combined his passion for sports with his adolescent studies and youth ministry degree by working for Athletes with Purpose, a Fort Wayne-based company, specializing in fitness training, that incorporates Christian values.
On Jan. 16, more than 800 people packed the Everest-Rohrer Auditorium for the third annual ReFuel Conference. It’s a day for worship teams and their leaders to be together, be refreshed and be equipped to continue their effective leadership in the church and the world (refuelconference.com).
Alumnus Zachary Gibson ’09 followed his passion for graphic design to Los Angeles, where he now manages the Snapchat team at BuzzFeed, known as “the media company for the social age.” Learn how he got discovered, and find out about the children’s book he’s been working on, with proceeds going toward Midnight Mission (a charity that fights to relieve the massive homeless population that exists in the City of Angels). “Bethel emphasizes being about other people. It’s a huge asset to remember that it’s not all about me,” he says.
Jamie Hilton ’03 released her first album, “Roots & Wings,” this past fall. It’s comprised of original lullabies written for children, about God’s promises for their lives. Its goal: “to guide little hearts to experience God’s gigantic love” – something Hilton found to be transformative in her own life.
“[Having roots and wings] can change the way we live,” Hilton says. “If we can understand that the Lord loves us, then we are going to be courageous enough to do what He calls us to do – because we trust Him.”
This December, Bethel College invites you to embark on a journey through Old Testament prophesy and New Testament fulfillment as we prepare our hearts to receive Jesus on Christmas. This weekly devotional contains a scriptural focus and meditation for each day in the four weeks of Advent, starting on the first Sunday. Download the printable PDF (with space to write your responses), to keep at your desk or in your home. And feel free to share it with your family, friends or church.
It can be hard to be thankful.
Reflecting on recent current events has left me evermore convinced of this. How much easier it is to let the gravitational pull of negativity push me down further into the mire of pessimism that is so, so, accessible. National security is questionable, the papers I have due this week are certain, and visions of pumpkin pie and turkey stuffing seem to be nothing more than foggy memories or distant dreams.
Yet God calls us to be thankful, always, and for everything.
Jared Schwartz ’04, began his Bethel career as a performing artist with no formal training in voice or vocal performance. Now he is a household name to classical music lovers. His new album, “Gabriel Fauré; Songs for Bass Voice and Piano,” contains 25 songs by French composer Gabriel Fauré and features a conglomeration of old favorites and first-time recordings of some of Fauré’s works.
The album debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard Traditional Classical Chart and hit number 2 on the list of Amazon Hot New Releases. Though Schwartz makes the music sound effortless, his success came after years of work dating back to college.
Bethel’s fourth president (1982-1988), The Rev. James “Jim” A. Bennett, Ph.D., of Elkhart, Ind., passed away yesterday afternoon, Oct. 8, after years of declining health. He was 78 years old.