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Student and Alumni Stories

Here is a selection of stories about Bethel students and alumni. Click the links for full versions of each story. If you would like additional information or to set up an interview with any of these students or alumni, please contact Erin Kinzel at or 574.807.7382. 


Combining Medicine and Missions

To pediatric surgeon David Smith (’81), Bethel means more than an education. It was at Bethel where he fulfilled his dream of earning a chemistry and mathematics degree to work at Miles Laboratories; it was at Bethel where he met his wife, Carolyn; and it was at Bethel where he says he received “top-notch” training, allowing him to become the first Bethel student to finish a four-year degree and continue on to medical school.


Adopting a Cause: Alumnus Becomes CEO of Awake & Alive

Darin Shrock could never have predicted the plan God had in store for his life after graduating from Bethel in 2006. In six short years, he went from history major, to law school graduate, to father of three adopted children, to CEO of the nonprofit organization Awake & Alive.


A New Degree of Confidence

Pam Austin (’12) came to Bethel to take one speech class. But the organizational management graduate fell in love with learning and before she knew it, she was taking three classes per week. The vice president-private banker for 1st Source Bank now has her degree, is headed for her master’s and hopes to one day work as an adjunct professor in the nontraditional program.


Students Take a Stand Against Human Trafficking

Kevin Brown (’15) and Luke Klimek (’15) are making a tangible impact in the world. They started the organization Bought At A Price as high school students, after hearing a startling statistic about human trafficking. Find out what they’re doing to bring awareness to the plight of human trafficking and how they’re raising funds to help stop it.


Alumna Creates CommUNITY through Gardens

Since planting the first seeds of a community garden four years ago, Sara (Uzelac ‘09) Stewart has cultivated much more than cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes. After only two growing seasons, the short-term project quickly blossomed into a full-blown nonprofit organization