Bethel to Host "Life of the Mind" Colloquia Lecture Series

Bethel College and the BUILD (Bethel Undergraduate Intellectual Leadership Development) honors program is hosting a two-evening lecture series exploring the “Life of the Mind”on Feb. 27 and 28 beginning at 8 p.m. Mark Noll will speak the first evening in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center — Auditorium, and Kyle Notch will be speaking the second evening in the Middleton Hall of Science — Octorium. The series is based on the intellectual and spiritual aspects of the mind and what it means to love the Lord with your mind based on Matthew 22:37.

Kyle Notch is a graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in biblical/theological studies. He lives in Milwaukee, Wis., and works as assistant coach at Elmbrook Church to encourage his students to become leaders through their actions and their studies. Notch is currently writing on the life of the mind, looking to give young adults applicable steps to be transformed through the engaging and renewing of the mind.

Mark A. Noll is a historian specializing in the history of Christianity in the United States. He holds the position of Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. In 2005, Noll was named by Time Magazine as one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America. His books include: “America’s God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln” and“God and Race in American Politics: A Short History and The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind,” which has been widely recognized for making a strong appeal for a better approach to intellectual life among American evangelicals.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information contact James Stump, Ph.D., at or 574.807.7125.

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 2,000 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.