Noted Children's Book Illustrator to Speak at Bethel

Bethel College will be hosting a free family program given by noted children’s book editor Chris Soentpiet on Tuesday, March 26 from 6-8 p.m. in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center – Auditorium.

Soentpiet studied fine arts and education at Pratt Institute in New York City, where he then pursued his passion for painting by illustrating children’s books. Soentpiet’s work has been featured in the “New York Times,” “USA Today,” “Houston Chronicle” and “Newsweek.”

This event is sponsored by the Education Departments of Saint Mary’s College, Holy Cross College and Bethel College. This event is free and open to all elementary students and their families, no RSVP necessary. People are encouraged to come before the presentation at 5:30 p.m. to purchase books. To get pre-signed autographs by Soentpiet, go to and click on “click here for book order form.” The event will end promptly at 8 p.m.

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.