Senior Development Officer
John Neibergall, a senior development officer, supports the central United States. He came to work at Bethel by accepting God’s call 12 years ago after seeing how Bethel University equipped his 2 children to be courageous, committed Christ-followers.
“College years are so very important for believers,” says John. “God graciously led and enabled our children to choose Bethel, where He strengthened their walk with Christ and prepared them for lives, careers, and relationships that honor Him.”
He and his wife of 40 years, Karen, have 5 grandchildren and 2 children; both kids are college professors (Matthew is on the chemistry faculty at Bethel).
John brings to Bethel 13 years as owner-publisher of 4 Iowa community newspapers, 4 years as executive director of the Iowa Newspaper Foundation, and 8 years of teaching experience at universities in Iowa and Kansas. This background helped him learn to communicate, build relationships, and value Bethel’s Christ-centered approach to learning.
Why John Enjoys His Work
According to John, his work is always new and engaging because “it requires that I give my best to the Lord’s service each day, and wait upon Him for His provision through those who invest in this amazing, transformational ministry.”
Favorite Bethel Experience
John’s favorite Bethel experience is Welcome Week. He gets jazzed by the energy, spirit, and joy of “one of life’s great passages, celebrated in a most memorable, meaningful way.”
Guiding Scripture Passage
In His Free Time
When he’s not at Bethel, John enjoys reading (often audio books, as his work involves travel), jogging (God does have a sense of humor, he says), and grand-parenting.