Faculty

Our professors are distinguished scholars, active researchers, published writers, and faithful Christians who demonstrate what it means to be both Christ-followers and leaders in their academic fields. As mentors and role models, they play a huge role in the integration of faith and learning at Bethel.


Rudy Cardona

Associate Professor of Business and Economics | a-rudy-cardona@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

Areas of expertise

Marketing and branding with research interest in the tourism industry in Costa Rica.


Tim Essenburg

Professor of Economics | esstim@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1989

Areas of expertise

The redevelopment of central city neighborhoods; publications include "Investing the Church's Social Capital in the Economy of Welfare.”


Leo Gabriel

Professor of Business | gableo@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1991

Areas of expertise

Tax policy, asset accumulation, and financial education for low and moderate-income families. Dissertation research examined savings by Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) recipients in Minnesota. Other research includes studies of minority and women owned businesses, individual development accounts for low-income families, and homeownership programs for low and moderate-income families.


Chuck Hannema

Associate Professor of Business | charles-hannema@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Areas of expertise

Commercial and investment banking and capital markets, with 20 years in corporate roles. His research area is in the potential of micro-loans in developing countries.


Mary Ann Harris

Associate Professor of Business | m-harris@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Areas of expertise

Creativity and cognitive processing of marketing messages. Dissertation focus was the impact of storytelling advertisements on memory and emotion.


Brian Holland

Associate Professor of Business | holbri@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1984

Areas of expertise

Healthcare finance, working capital issues, and consulting with small businesses.


Jeff Jacob

Associate Professor of Economics | j-jacob@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Areas of expertise

Economic development and trade, applied econometrics, social networks, and economics of religion. Current working papers include “Institutions, Trade and Geography: A Panel Data Study” and “Religious Values and Beliefs and Economic Development in the Nation State.”


Joyce LeMay

Associate Professor of Business | j-lemay@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2003

Areas of expertise

Member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Twin Cities Human Resource Association (TCHRA). Professional activities include consulting top-level management on improvements to work environments based on effective human resource and business strategies.


Dmitri Medvedovski

Associate Professor of Economics | dmedved@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Areas of expertise

Family economics and personal finance. Current working paper is "Determinants of Father-Child Time Allocation.”


Jay Milbrandt

Assistant Professor of Business and Economics | miljay@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

Areas of expertise

Intellectual property law and global justice. Authored Go and Do: Daring to Change the World One Story at a Time


Bruce Olsen

Associate Professor of Business | bruce-olsen@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1998

Areas of expertise

Business combinations, personal financial planning, and financial accounting. Memberships in American Institute of CPAs, Minnesota Society of CPAs, and Minnesota Council of Accounting Educators.


Bethany Opsata

Associate Professor of Business | b-opsata@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2001

Areas of expertise

Staffing, compensation, and employment law. Pursuing a Ph.D. with a specialization in Human Resource Development, University of Minnesota.


Steve Whiting

Associate Professor of Business | whiste@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Areas of expertise

More than 20 years of management, consulting, and information technology experience. Interested in a biblical framework for technology/engineering and business.