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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.

Program Directors & Lead Faculty

Diane Dahl

Dean, Health, Medical, and Social Sciences and Chief Nursing Administrator | diane-dahl@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1998

Curriculum development; Program assessment; Accreditation; Students with disabilities in healthcare education programs; Online education

Nikki Daniels

Program Director and Associate Professor in Organizational Leadership | n-daniels@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1989

Self Analysis, Self Leadership, Organizational Leadership, Team Development

Laura Gilbertson

Program Director and Instructor | laura-gilbertson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Systematic theology, contextual theologies, topics connected to justice and reconciliation.

Krista Hoekstra

Program Director and Associate Professor | krista-hoekstra@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Nursing Leadership, curriculum management, educational program development, assessment and evaluation, worked in administrative roles in associate degree nursing and allied health programs. Research Interests: Nursing Leadership and innovative program development.

Peter Jankowski

Program Director | pjankows@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2004

Jankowski’s research focuses on differentiation of self and spirituality; forgiveness; faith integration in psychotherapy; narrative and experiential therapy; and clinical supervision.

Mary Michener

Program Director, Department Chair | mary-michener@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2012

Conflict resolution, problem solving, leadership development, phenomenological research, domestic violence, abuse, emotional healing, emotional and spiritual development, adolescence, youth ministry, family dynamics, health, nutrition and fitness.

Molly Wickam

Program Director | m-wickam@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Wickam has a corporate background in software product marketing, insurance risk management, and property & casualty claims and marketing. In addition, she owns Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Minnesota.   In higher education, she has started two graduate education licensure endorsement programs and three adult undergraduate business degrees. She currently directs both the MA Teaching (licenses in Business 5-12, Comm. Arts & Literature 5-12, General Science 5-8, Chemistry 9-12, Life Science 9-12, Ph. . . read more.


Jentine Arkema

Adjunct Instructor | j-arkema@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Leadership communication; women in leadership; interpersonal skills/communication; public speaking skills and methods; gender communication; conflict resolution methods, and family communication.

Hannah Asfaw

Professor of Communication | Hannah_Asfaw@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Cross-cultural communication

Dave Aune

Adjunct Instructor and Adjunct Instructor | daa93228@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2014

Financial accounting, budgeting, and reporting; construction project management and facility master planning; long-term strategic modeling with educational component for Governance groups; and staff coaching, team-building and career development

Lori Ballantyne

Adjunct Instructor | lori-ballantyne@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2011

I am interested in Healthcare Informatics and the use of data to improve patient outcomes. I currently work as a Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist for an acute care hospital.

Carol Boniface-Hannon

Adjunct Instructor and Adjunct Instructor | cah57925@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Organizational behavior, theory and practices, with a strong focus on contemporary issues in human resources.

Cheryl Bostrom

Adjunct Assistant Professor | c-bostrom@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1995

My areas of expertise include English language learning, teacher education, educational leadership, academic research and writing, and intercultural communication. I am currently serving as the Director of Higher Education Services with TeachBeyond.

Tim Bredow

Professor of Nursing | bretim@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1998

Family nurse practitioner at North Metro Pediatrics; co-editor of "Middle Range Theories: Application to Nursing Research"; interests in nursing as male profession and a Christian worldview of nursing

Jane Burg

Adjunct Instructor | aeijan@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

The personal and spiritual development of a leader

Craig Case

Teaching Partner | craig-case@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Research, writing, worldview, humanities and theology, and Bible.

Edgerton David

Adjunct Instructor | dle74464@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Experienced IT Manager | Adjunct Instructor | Diversity Advocate

Niel Devasir

Adjunct Faculty | n-devasir@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Area of expertise: Leadership theory with an emphasis on translating strategy to execution, organization change with a focus on human care, operations management with efficiency at the center, and information management that leads to differentiating analytics.

George Dierberger

Adjunct Instructor | gfd84368@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2010

Strategy and innovation, international marketing and business operations.

Bekki Drewlo

Adjunct Instructor in Nursing | bld45953@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Over 20 years of experience in home health care. Experience also includes medical-surgical, clinic, phone triage, solid organ and bone marrow transplant.

Connie Dreyer

Adjunct Instructor in Nursing | drecon@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1994

Connie is a registered nurse who teaches in the leadership and philosophy courses for the degree completion program. In practice, her areas of expertise are geriatrics and home health care where she provides consultation related to regulatory and compliance issues as well as program development.

Denise Fleming

Adjunct Instructor and Adjunct Instructor | d-fleming@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2001

Managerial accounting, managerial finance, economics and finance for nursing leaders, personal finance, leadership

Chris Frank

Adjunct Instructor | christopher-frank@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Clinical counseling, sexuality, spirituality, intercultural sensitivity

Joel Frederickson

Associate Dean of Institutional Assessment and Accreditation | frejoe@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1996

Frederickson’s research interests include the psychological impact of apologies and how students change over four years from participating in college. This includes changes in cognition, beliefs, and spirituality.

Philippe Gagnon

Adjunct Assistant Professor | pmg82224@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2012

Philosophy of science, Philosophy of technology, technology and society studies, mathematics, probability and statistics

Ryan Gunderson

Dean for Student Success and Retention | ryan-gunderson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2010

Couple and family therapy; families as systems; dynamics of interpersonal relationships; leadership development

Raymon Hanson

Adjunct Instructor | raymon-hanson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2001

Biblical/historical studies related to the Ancient Near East and to the Jewish background of Christianity, how the teachings of Scripture are relevant for living in today's world.

Chato Hazelbaker

Adjunct Instructor | lio35998@bethel.edu

Ann Holland

Professor of Nursing | ann-holland@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Education and leadership roles in adult critical care; leadership in associate-degree nursing education; cultural nursing education; adult medical/surgical nursing in undergraduate education; use of simulation in nursing education; nursing education research; leadership in local chapter of STTI, the honor society of nursing

Brian Holsten

Adjunct Instructor | bah22553@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Human Resources Management; Compensation and Benefit Plan design; Talent Acquisition; Organizational Development; Mergers and Acquisitions; Employee Relations and Legal Compliance.

James Hurd

Professor of Anthropology Emeritus | hurd@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1982

Cross-cultural Christianity, Amish and Mennonite culture, sociobiology, Latin America, demography, physical anthropology, concepts of community.

Jeff Jacob

Adjunct Instructor | j-jacob@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

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.”

Kevin Johnson

Adjunct Instructor and Adjunct Instructor | kb-johnson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2014

Project, Program and Portfolio Management, Communications, Process Improvement, Organizational Leadership

Judy Jones

Adjunct Professor and Adjunct Instructor | jej65774@Bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2011

Marketing New Product Development/Commercialization Global Business Leadership

Peter Kapsner

Adjunct Instructor | kappet@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

New Testament. Church history and engagement with culture. Leadership in ministry. Human sexuality. Spiritual formation.

John Koester

Adjunct Instructor | jmk53845@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Systemic individual, couple, and family therapy, with particular interest in the development within a system, the development of individuals within those systems, and how growth and change may happen within those relationships

Gregg Lindberg

Teaching Partner and Teaching Partner | lingrem@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Human Resource Management, Organizational Development, Learning, Communication, Business Technology, and Public Administration.

Shane Long

Adjunct Instructor | shane-long@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Family systems, differentiation of self, narrative and constructivist approaches in therapy, socio-economic and cultural issues in therapy, and integration of religion and spirituality in the field of psychotherapy.

Bernita Missal

Professor of Nursing | b-missal@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Cultural diversity, Cross-cultural childbearing and child-rearing families, Evidence-based practice, obstetrics, mentoring students for international experiences, cross-cultural research, research especially qualitative.

Susan Mulligan

Adjunct Faculty | s-mulligan@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Susan loves teaching 3 courses at Bethel University. She is deeply committed to making a difference in students lives. Susan has strong organizational skills, excels in group facilitation, writes training manuals for organizations, does training for those same organizations, and likes anything related to communication skills.

Brad Nauman

Adjunct Instructor | bjnauman@gmail.com | Started at Bethel: 2011

Brad has 30+ years of experience as a leader in both the public and private sector. He is the current Mayor of Buffalo, Minn. and also sits on the board of the Buffalo Allina Hospital Foundation.  His day job is as the Advisory Business Consultant for Servicenow, advising large corporate clients on Enterprise Service Management initiatives. He is frequently asked to speak on topics ranging from leadership to local government issues.

Molly Noble

Adjunct | molly-noble@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008 as an instructional technologist, 2013 as an adjunct

Leadership, Hermeneutics, Biblical Studies, educational technologies, Instructional design and distance education

Steve Ogren

Adjunct Instructor | s-ogren@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

28 years as management consultant for global accounting and consulting firm in healthcare and public sector industries. Focus in management, finance, and business strategy.

Joel Olson

Instructor | olsjoee@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2014

Academic writing

Sally Padgett

Associate Professor | spadgett@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2003

Theology, Church History, Technology and Ethics, Business Ethics

Abbey Payeur

Adjunct Instructor | abbeypayeur@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2010

I have a decade of teaching experience in literacy that spans the kindergarten through college age groups. Now I use these experiences to mentor the teacher candidates I supervise for the undergraduate and graduate teaching education programs.

Judith Perry

Adjunct Instructor in Nursing | jlp99262@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

With a BSN and MPH, Judy has worked in China for the last 23 years. During the last 15 years she worked first in rickets prevention, and most recently in diabetes prevention. Her team completed a translation research project funded by a grant from the International Diabetes Federation, adapting the Diabetes Prevention Project to north China.

Beth Peterson

Acting Associate Dean of Nursing | e-peterson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1982

Dr. Peterson's areas of interest include mental health nursing, nursing care of the elderly, gerontology, end of life care, nursing curriculum development and assessment, and the theology of suffering. Her publications and presentations primarily focus on faith and health integration, suffering, and professional boundaries.

Miranda Powers

Associate Dean for Campus Engagement | m-powers@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

Powers has been working as a Career Counselor and part time Clinical Counselor for the past 3 years. She has worked in higher education for a total of 9 years in a variety of roles. For the past 4 years, she has taught as an instructor in the College of Arts & Sciences at Bethel University in the General Studies Program.

Al Prentice

Teaching Partner and Adjunct Instructor | a-prentice@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Marketing and management.

Shelby Reigstad

Instructor | shelby-reigstad@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Communication Studies

Dan Rotach

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology | danny-rotach@bethel.edu

Issues of sexuality, conflict management, relationship dynamics.

Jennifer Scott

Adjunct Instructor of Biblical and Theological Studies | jscott@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Bible, Spirituality

Janelle Shearer

Adjunct Instructor | janelle-shearer@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Clinical experience includes work in home health, hospice, critical care units, medical-surgical, and obstetrics. Extensive experience leading quality improvement programs related to hospital, home health care, patient safety, and palliative care.

Linda Shell

Adjunct Instructor in Nursing | linda-shell@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Gerontological nursing, leadership, dementia care

Ken Smith

Adjunct Instructor | kenneth-smith@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2000

Organizational change, followership

Andrea Sorensen

Adjunct Instructor | ae-sorensen@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1994

Teach from a Strengths Based approach

Sue Steen

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Nursing | s-steen@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1983

Sue’s nursing and teaching career has focused on maternal/child health. She has published a number of articles related to spiritual care and faith development in children. Sue has also done research and published in the area of perinatal bereavement. In addition to teaching, she is currently working as a Perinatal Nurse Navigator.

Michelle Steffenhagen

Adjunct Faculty | allmica@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

College Student Development, Crisis Intervention, Conflict Management

Jim Stern

Instructor | jms84372@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2014

I have taught courses in biology, animal behavior, environmental science, and earth science. I thrive on any adventures that include encounters with wildlife, geologic events, or environmental issues. I have 32 years of teaching experience and enjoy teaching these natural sciences to students from middle school age through adult.

Gary David Stratton

Lead Faculty for Worldview and Faith Formation | g-stratton@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Spiritual formation and spiritual awakening, discipleship and mentoring, Jonathan Edwards and spiritual leadership, nonprofit leadership, team development

Chuck Stroud

Adjunct Faculty and Adjunct Instructor | c-stroud@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2001

Accounting, managerial accounting, tax, nonprofit.

Wendy Thompson

Adjunct Instructor in Nursing | wendy-thompson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1998

Public Health Nursing and Nursing Leadership

Mark Thorson

Associate Professor | thomara@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1995

Culturally Competent General education for Adult Learners

Jone Tiffany

Adjunct Associate Professor of Nursing | tifjon@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2001-2006, 2010

Wide range of nursing experience including NICU, Pediatrics, Adult Med-Surg, Obstetrics, Psych/Mental Health. Teaches OB orientation classes for Allina Health System, and has worked in staff development at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Research interests: Innovative teaching/learning strategies including the use of Virtual Worlds for Nursing Education. Has presented her doctoral project on the use of Virtual Platforms for teaching inclusivity in nursing education at local and international . . . read more.

Charlene Turner

Adjunct Instructor | charlene-turner@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

Turner specializes in counseling techniques and psychological diagnosis in children and adolescents and Marriage and Family issues.

Tiffany Udenberg

Adjunct faculty | t-udenberg@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

General Education, Organizational Leadership


Course Developer & Adjunct Instructor | pnv98739@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

IT professional

Lindsey Watkins

Adjunct Professor, Adjunct Instructor and Adjunct Instructor | ljw43998@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Project Management, Project Management Office (PMO), Product Implementation, Account Management, Business Analysis.

Dennis J. Whitman

Adjunct Faculty, Adjunct Instructor and Adjunct Instructor | d-whitman@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Operations management, human resource management, and business management

Stephanie Williams

Adjunct Professor | wilstek@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Stephanie specializes in Biblical communication, storytelling, practical theology, missional theology and church governance and structure. She is a Lead Pastor at Mill City Church in Northeast Minneapolis. In addition, she is a consultant in the areas of church leadership, structure, and mission.

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