Throughout 2009, Barb and I had the privilege of spending time with many of you, and we look forward to doing more so in the year ahead. We’ve learned just how much—and why—donors are passionate about Bethel’s mission, and it has been a great encouragement to us. We’ve also learned that Bethel’s needs continue. As our enrollment numbers continue to climb—in fact, in December alone more than 300 students and adult learners graduated (below)—so does our need for resources to provide a quality educational experience.
Thanks to generous donors, we’re delighted that the new biology labs are almost complete and construction of a new chapel and more classroom space is closer to being reality at Bethel Seminary San Diego. We also have more financial aid to support students in this challenging economy.
As donors, you are critical partners in helping us achieve these goals as well as our overall mission to provide life-transforming education. You encourage, equip, and resource all of us—students, faculty, and staff. Whether it’s through prayer, a gift to the Annual Fund, or an endowed scholarship, you are making a difference.
In this issue you will read about the generosity of many who are helping us meet our financial needs and reach our goals for 2010: David and Janice Perry are providing a challenge match to establish an endowment for the math and computer science program, the late Bob and Gina Johnson have left a legacy through gift annuities, and former Bethel athlete Steve Strom supports current student athletes through the B Club.
As I encourage our faculty to challenge our students to stretch themselves to be the best they can be, to grow deeply as adventurous followers of Jesus, to master their academic work, and to put down roots as engaged community members on this campus, I appeal to you to continue your bold support of this worthy enterprise.
President Jay Barnes