Bethel's New Spiritual Life Leaders Continue Scripture 66 Tradition

Scripture 66, a reading of the entire Bible will start Oct. 30 at 3 p.m. and end Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. on the Bethel College campus. Bethel students and faculty will meet in a heated tent by the gazebo for a public reading of each chapter of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation.

Scripture 66 has been a tradition at Bethel for four years. This year the new spiritual life team will be leading the reading. Bethel has welcomed Melody Rensberger as the new assistant spiritual life director and the resident director of the newest residence hall on campus, nicknamed “The Lodge.” Rensberger, along with Shawn Holtgren, recently named dean of leadership and spiritual development, oversee the school’s mentoring program as well as other spiritual life ambitions. Sophomore Dustin Heath has been appointed as the new student spiritual life director at Bethel. Heath is in charge of Vespers, which is a student-led worship service on campus once per week, as well as seeing to the spiritual needs of his peers.

Scripture 66 strives to show the importance of scripture reading to Bethel students, faculty and members of the community.

“Reading the Bible is as necessary as eating. Scripture 66 amplifies and reminds us of the necessity for scripture in our lives,” says Heath.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,100 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 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 beautifully wooded 75-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.