A Lifetime of Teaching, Ministering and Practicing Law

Glenice (Stephey ’62) Becknell is a mother, grandmother, pastor’s wife and an attorney. In addition to normal work load, she’s volunteered more than 400 pro bono hours working in cases surrounding religious freedom, family values and Christian issues. She will soon receive Bethel’s Lifetime Achievement Award during Alumni Weekend on Nov. 20.

Becknell’s career started as a teacher after she graduated magna cum laude from Bethel in 1962 with a degree in elementary education. She became interested in practicing law when she was unable to obtain a full-time teaching position after a prolonged leave of absence to raise her three children.

“I prayed about these matters and recalled the vision of a young man from our church’s youth group in Marquette. He had testified that he believed God could use Christian influence in the legal community for the good of the Kingdom and of our country,” says Becknell.

After her husband, Fred, received a call to serve a church congregation in Detroit, Becknell was able to attend law school. During school she received the Moot Court Award and was also a part of a student organization called the Law Review. In 1988 Becknell received a degree in law from Detroit College of Law, now Michigan State University. She says she worked in solo practice most of her legal career, because actual employment opportunities were varied at the time, and her family moved to serve different church congregations.

As a pastor’s wife, she has taught Sunday school classes from preschool through adult ages; spoken for ladies’ retreats; chaired Christmas program committees and DVBS committees; and assisted on music committees, including playing the organ.

Becknell currently resides in Midland, Mich., with her husband, Fred. They have three children, 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Come back to campus for the award recognition chapel and luncheon during Alumni Weekend Nov. 19 & 20.

3 comments on “A Lifetime of Teaching, Ministering and Practicing Law

  1. Glenice: I am so proud of you. This is a beautiful woman that I see in this picture – - and one that God has blessed so much. I am so glad that you & Fred are in His Ministry. ……….. and also glad that you are up for this award. What wonderful memories I have of our years at Indiana Chapel, working with your family. God has certainly had His Hand on your life, and my prayer is that He will continue to use you in His Service. Lovingly, Jean Coalter

  2. Glenice, I’m Rev. Dale & Mickey Turner’s middle daughter. Congratulations on your award! I have always remembered you teaching a group of young girls at Lamotte Missionary Church on the topic of Conversational Prayer, using Rosaland Rinker’s book, Prayer: Conversing With God. It truly was life impacting for me, showing me that Jesus was real and that He desires an intimate, best-friend relationship with us. I have taught this to many groups of various ages. Thank you for majorly affecting my life. Although I walked away from God while at Bethel College, His grace drew me back to Him, & I am all about helping others to experience the reality of Jesus. Blessings on you, Glenice!

  3. Dear Glenice,
    You may not remember me, but we both lived in Shupe Hall in 1960. You encourage me not to feel like a failure when I failed to spend much time using the degree I also received at Bethel in Elementary Education. It just wasn’t “for” me to be an elementary teacher. I felt a call to the ministry way back then, but allowed others to influence me a different way. Now I am an ordained minister and realize that is what I should have been doing all along! May God bless you as you contemplate what God wants you to do at this stage of your life. Congratulations on all your achievements as you worked for the Lord throughout the past years! Bernice

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