Bethel Alumni to Hold Benefit Concert for Soccer for Christ

Bethel will showcase some of its finest, former talents in “A New World Calls Across the Ocean” concert on April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Everest-Rohrer/Chapel Fine Arts Center. The show will benefit the Hope Soccer For Christ (SFC) mission trip to Niger, Africa this May.

The concert is packed with show stopping tunes, comedy and some of the good ole classics from Broadway. Bethel alumni Jennie Grunseth (’02), Jeff Cramer (’01), Heidi Ferris (’01) and Shawn Holtgren (’95) will join again onstage to share favorites from “Ragtime,” “Into the Woods,” “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” “Camelot,” “Wicked,” “Oklahoma” and “The Secret Garden.” There will be special appearances by Mark Potuck, Susan Yoder, Jeremy Littlejohn and The Collegians, featuring Jim Pickley on the piano.

The concert is free to the public. An offering will be taken up after the show to benefit Hope SFC. For more information please contact Thiago Pinto at 574.229.1701 or Jennie Grunseth 312.590.4145.  

Hope SFC is a Christian nonprofit missions organization focused on teaching Brazilian soccer skills and principles of excellence that builds character. It was started by two former Bethel soccer players. One of them is Thiago Pinto (’05), currently Bethel’s new head soccer coach. SFC’s mission is to bring the hope of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth through the environment of soccer. For more information about the organization visit their website at

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, 20 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. In addition to its 75 wooded acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.