Bethel Values. My Story.

What do Bethel's values mean to you? Share your story and show your values.

Caitlin Werder

"Bethel has helped me be confident in myself and my career. In my profession it is important to impact lives of many students. Bethel gave me the strength to learn about Christ through others around the world. It is the experiences that were given that helped me become the person I truly wanted to be and Bethel was one of those experiences."

Caitlin Werder
Alum
Teacher

World-changer

Alicia Chong

"Ever since I came to Bethel, my faith has been constantly growing in Christ. My initial hope was to graduate and get a job that has a good paycheck. After learning more about Christ's character and what it means to follow his calling, I want my career to reflect who I am in him so that whatever I do will be to his glory."

Alicia Chong
Undergrad Student
Psychology

Truth-seeker

Jen Esau, Justine Vavra, Hannah Woodard

"In the world there are a lot of liars and, after Bethel, we are still seeking truth."

Jen Esau, Justine Vavra, Hannah Woodard
Bethel Alums, '08
Communications

Truth-seeker

Hart Olson

"Every job I have needs to be used as a platform for change. Holding fast to the other values of character-builder, Christ-follower, truth-seeker, and salt and light comes with realizing that my position or title does not affect my ability or responsibility to implement change in the environment and lives around me!"

Hart Olson
Bethel Alum, '09
Biblical and Theological Studies, farm hand

World-changer

Erin Etter

"After making a personal relationships with Jesus, I'm leaning on God to lead me in His light and trust His plan."

Erin Etter
Undergrad Student
Social Work

Truth-seeker

Keisha Piehl

"I can't stop learning! Whether it's reading at home, or picking up extra classes at Bethel Seminary, I just love to keep learning and growing. When will it end?"

Keisha Piehl
Bethel Alum, '95
Mathematics, Secondary Education

Learner

James Gullickson

"My faith isn't something I do because of my family or culture, rather it's the way I look at the world and the way I choose to live. I want to glorify God through a deep, meaningful education where I learn the truth about the many facets of life He's created for us to explore and enjoy!"

James Gullickson
Undergrad Student
Communications

Truth-seeker

Elise Riveness

"It is our duty to transform the world into the Kingdom of God. I want the courage to see a problem and fix it in the name of Christ. I pray for strength, boldness, discernment & a pure character. Seeking His Kingdom is our purpose in life!"

Elise Riveness
Undergrad Student
Communication Studies, Organizational Emphasis

World-changer

Josiah Lemonski

"At Bethel, I've learned how to critically approach the world. I feel confident that when I leave, I will be prepared to weed out the untruths and focus on the truth of Christ."

Josiah Lemonski
Undergrad Student
Philosophy/Psychology

Truth-seeker

Jesse Johnson

"I became a school math teacher because I wanted to relate to kids in a way that would affect not only their education but also their character. I taught 7-12th grade for 15 years."

Jesse Johnson
Bethel Alum, '68
Mathematics

Character-builder

Abby Backer

"I'm interested in finding out truth in the world and in relationships. I live out this Bethel value by seeking out the truth around me."

Abby Backer
Undergrad Student
Psychology

Truth-seeker

Quinn P. Nelson

"Bethel has taught me truly what it means to follow Christ. Not only have I expanded my knowledge of Christ, but also the depth of my faith. This has all come together to form the young man saying this today."

Quinn P. Nelson
Undergrad Student
Economics and Finance

Christ-follower

Ismary Gonzalez

"I want to walk day by day in the steps of Christ and apply his ways into my own life."

Ismary Gonzalez
Undergrad Student
Psychology and Youth Ministry

Learner

Kaitlyn Anderson

"It's so important in our world today to be God's hands and feet. Even something so simple like holding the door can give someone that glimpse of Christ's love that they need."

Kaitlyn Anderson
Undergrad Student
Exercise Science

Salt and light

Chris VanderHyde

"Character is an essential part of carrying yourself in an appropriate way. Through coaching at Bethel for 4 years, I've grown in faith and character."

Chris VanderHyde
Bethel Staff

Character-builder

Luke Eberly

"I think it's amazing to be in a place where you have brothers and sisters surrounding you in a loving community. The strength, unity, and growth is incredible. Nowhere else can you find this amazing chance to live with other Christ-followers and learn more about God together."

Luke Eberly
Undergrad Student
Physics

Christ-follower

Kaelyn Lecander

"All truth has its source in God as revealed in creation and scripture, and personified in Jesus Christ. God is so awesome and His creation never ceases to amaze me. Here at Bethel, I have the opportunity to seek truth and realize the deep love God has for us and our whole earth."

Kaelyn Lecander
Undergrad Student
Environmental Studies

Truth-seeker

Brianna McLain

"I love how Bethel has challenged me in my walk with Christ in living it fully for him. While being in the adult undergrad program and working full time can be hectic and overwhelming, the professors and my fellow classmates have always been there to encourage me to live my life as a reflection of God's love in this world."

Brianna McLain
Adult Undergrad Student
Business Management

Salt and light

Nate Aver

"I live out this value by following what we believe in Christ and not being ashamed of the Gospel. Being willing to share the good news."

Nate Aver
Undergrad Student
Accounting

Christ-follower

Angelina Omodt-Lopez

"Character is built by consistently choosing to do what is right. I hope to make that choice every day that I'm at Bethel, and for the rest of my life."

Angelina Omodt-Lopez
Undergrad Student

Character-builder

Hannah Spike

"I believe that having a community where we can communicate diverse ideas is important, along with helping individuals heal."

Hannah Spike
Undergrad Student

Reconciler

Kristen Bjork

"Bethel taught me to ask myself, "Who does God want you to be?" And through that process, I really feel that I not only understand my strengths but also know that I am a unique child of Christ."

Kirsten Bjork
Undergrad Student
Communications

Character-builder

Wes Mouri

"The most significant life lesson I've learned during my time at Bethel is to center my identity around Christ. If your foundation is Christ alone, then changing the world, seeking truth, and reconciling with others is absolutely unavoidable."

Wes Mouri
Undergrad Student
Theatre

Christ-follower

Amanda Kliora

"This has been my motto even before I came to Bethel as a student. As Christians, we are called to add flavor to a flavorless world and be a light in the darkness by showing the love of Jesus Christ wherever we go."

Amanda Kliora
Undergrad Student
Biology and Life Sciences Education

Salt and light

Jay Ripley

"Bethel is committed to developing students with the intent of sending them to be world-changers."

Jay Ripley
Undergrad Student
Physics

World-changer

Justin DeGrood

"Bethel has helped me grow not only in my faith but also as an individual. As a Bethel men's basketball coach, I try to help our team grow just as the Lord wants."

Justin DeGrood
Bethel Staff
Men's Basketball Assistant Coach

Character-builder

Angela Thunberg

"After graduating from Bethel, I hope to use my faith to make a difference in the lives of those in need."

Angela Thunberg
Undergrad Student
Sociocultural Studies and History

World-changer

Michelle Perry

"As believers, we're called to be an example to others, love them, and meet them where they're at, and for that reason Bethel's value of being salt and light in our darkened world sticks with me the most."

Michelle Perry
Bethel Alum, '08
Biology

Salt and light

Ben Ballard

"Being at Bethel has taught me to seek out truth in relationships, academics, and my spiritual life. Being a part of a community of believers with different backgrounds has challenged me to live my faith as a life-long learner."

Ben Ballard
Undergrad Student
Organizational Communication

Truth-seeker

Lindsey Johnson

"I've been called to serve across the world. I'm excited to teach people who don't have an opportunity to have a traditional education. I hope that the Lord assists me in my pursuit of the future."

Lindsey Johnson
Undergrad Student
Elementary Education

World-changer

Abigail Gundy

"I love the way that Bethel encourages students to be salt and light in their communities. Jesus calls us to bring His presence to the places we live. Bethel students really stand out in a good way."

Abigail Gundy
Undergrad Student
Computer Science

Salt and light

Paul Moore

"We live in a damaged world. Christ calls us to love others. Reconciliation is such a weird concept to the world, but it perfectly demonstrates the freedom I've found in Christ. They'll know us by our love."

Paul Moore
Undergrad Student
Business and Political Science

Reconciler

AnnMarie Vennerstrom

"Bethel has taught me to constantly ask myself, 'How does my life look different than a non-believer's?'"

AnnMarie (Celiberti) Vennerstrom
Bethel Alum, '10
Web Support Specialist

Christ-follower

Evan Johnson

"I'm devoted to pursing new knowledge and expanding my mind daily. I make it a goal to learn just as much outside the classroom as in one. Being a learner means being attentive and engaged at all times."

Evan Johnson
Undergrad Student
Biology and Philosophy

Learner

Lauren Kirkbride

"It's extremely important for me to be surrounded by the body of Christ. I love the community and best friends I made at Bethel!"

Lauren Kirkbride
Bethel Alum, '10

Christ-follower

Claire Stanchfield

"While my utmost purpose at Bethel is to grow as a disciple in Christ, I am also here to glorify God in my studies. As a biology major, I have been blessed with the opportunity to learn more about God's creativity and grow closer to Him."

Claire Stanchfield
Undergrad Student
Biology

Learner

Brian Sawtell

"As Christ-followers and Bethel students, it's our job to give taste and meaning to the broken world around us by boldly living out Christ's teachings."

Brian Sawtell
Undergrad Student
Business and Biology

Salt and light

Naomi Perry

"It's my desire to enable God to be the sole leader in my life."

Naomi Perry
Undergrad Student
Biological Sciences

Christ-follower

Anthony Anderson

"I firmly believe in being a world-changer. We are the future, and our generation is the one to make something happen. There is so much hate out there, so I try to bring light to this world."

Anthony Anderson
Undergrad Student
Business Marketing/Media Communication

World-changer

Jon Maurer

"There is nothing more important than being truthful and living with integrity. I hope I will be able to use these core values as I leave Bethel and enter the business world. My foundation is formed here and will be carried out for the rest of my life."

Jon Maurer
Undergrad Student
Business

Truth-seeker

Henry Donato

"I've always believed the biggest way Christians can impact our community is our example and enactment of our identity in Christ."

Henry Donato
Undergrad Student

Salt and light

Dinnah Gustavo

"Discovering who you are has no beginning or end. It's a process and a beautiful privilege to go through it in community together at BU."

Dinnah Gustavo
Undergrad Student
Psychology

Character-builder

Brooke Ylitalo

"God has taught me that He is truly the only thing that matters. The only meaning I can find in life is through bringing honor and glory to His name and showing others the love of the amazing God I serve."

Brooke Ylitalo
Undergrad Student

Salt and light

Samantha Allgood

"Living a life of surrender is not always an easy or comfortable one. In fact, it is quite impossible when looking to please our culture or find satisfaction in the world around us. During these college years, Christ is drawing me into a greater pursuit of His person, His character, and His world. As a truth-seeker, I commit myself to search His Scriptures, understand His commands, meditate on His promises, and dare to live it out."

Samantha Allgood
Undergrad Student
Journalism

Truth-seeker

Liz Flann

"Christ came to reconcile us to one another. In this way, we need to be like Christ and make effort to reconcile our relationships. I think this resonates with me because I have witnessed people experience the pain of being different and feeling like they don't have a place. I live this out at Bethel by befriending people different than me."

Liz Flann
Undergrad Student
Communication with HR

Reconciler

Jon Crouse

"I came to Bethel to first learn how to change myself and live for Christ, but also to change the perception people have of hockey players and teams."

Jon Crouse
Undergrad Student
Marketing/Leadership

World-changer

Jake Irey

"Being a Christ-follower is what defines me. I find my identity rooted in Christ and in being His child."

Jake Irey
Undergrad Student
Business Marketing

Christ-follower

Carrie Albinson

"My time here at Bethel has been full of life's ups and downs, and every time I fall, someone here helps me back up, challenges me, and encourages me to press on."

Carrie Albinson
Undergrad Student
Relational Communication

Character-builder

Becca Rogers

"In a world of relativistic attitudes and tolerance, I want to know what truth is. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. I seek Him."

Becca Rogers
Undergrad Student
Psychology

Truth-seeker

Joe Kell

"I chose Christ-follower. I think it's a great way for people to just know that that's what I'm all about."

Joe Kell
Undergrad Student
Math Education

Christ-follower

Meredith McKnight

"Bethel's professors and staff do such a good job of reminding us why we are getting a Bethel education--so that we can impact the world for the kingdom of God."

Meredith McKnight
Undergrad Student
Communication

World-changer

Karen Balsley

"Truth is Jesus, and choosing to seek truth in all shows a life that is different from that of this world."

Karen Balsley
Undergrad Student
Teaching English as a Second Language

Truth-seeker