Holds 61st Annual Commencement Ceremonies

More than 500 students will graduate at Bethel's two commencement ceremonies which will take place Saturday, May 3 at 2:30 p.m. for adult students and Sunday, May 4 at 2:30 p.m. for graduate and traditional students in Wiekamp Athletic Center.

Senior pastor of Nappanee Missionary Church for 29 years, the Reverend David J. Engbrecht, will bring the commencement address at the graduation ceremony for graduate and traditional students held on Sunday, May 4, 2008.  Rev. Engbrecht is a current member of the Bethel College Board of Trustees, serves on the General Board of the Missionary Church (with whom Bethel is affiliated) and on various other national and international ministry boards. He is in demand as a speaker at conferences, leadership training events, retreats and camps in North America, India, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Kenya, Russia, Romania and Armenia.

Engbrecht earned a bachelor's degree from Vennard College in Iowa and a Master of Education degree at Concordia University in Nebraska. A South Bend native, he currently resides in Nappanee with his wife, Christy. They have two married children, both of whom, along with their spouses, are graduates of Bethel College.

During the ceremony on Sunday, Bethel College will grant Belsazar Núñez a Doctor of Divinity honoris causa. Núñez is the founder and director of a variety of ministry opportunities in Honduras. He is currently the head of the Theological Education program at the Nacional Holiness Church, pastor at Emmanuel Holiness Church, professor at the Guatemala Nazarene Seminary, Theological Seminary of Honduras and Evangelical University of Tegucigalpa. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Theology from the Seminario Bíblico Latinoamericano and his Master of Ministry degree from Bethel College. Núñez and his wife reside in Honduras with their two children.

The ceremony for adult students will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2008, with Dean of Adult Studies John R. Mow, M.S., as speaker. Mow will be retiring from the college in August after serving 11 years as the dean of the School of Adult Studies. He obtained a bachelor's and master's degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University. His career has included positions in production management, industrial engineering, plant engineering and management consulting. Mow joined Bethel College in 1978 as an adjunct professor and began to teach full time in 1987. He was born and raised in Mishawaka. Mow and his wife, Connie, have two children and five grandchildren.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associate, bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,000 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 12 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. Bethel offers classes at four locations: the Mishawaka campus, the Elkhart Campus and two satellite locations (in Nappanee and in Dowagiac, Mich.). The main Bethel campus is situated on 75 wooded acres in Mishawaka, Ind.

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