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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

Katie Bonawitz

Program Director | katie-bonawitz@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Dr. Bonawitz researched disabilities amidst world religions for her doctoral work. Other research areas include Finnish SpEd, collaboration with general and special education, and transformational teacher preparation. Her special education teaching specialties include history, legal issues, mild-moderate disabilities, consultation, collaboration.

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.

Mary Michener

Program Director, Department Chair and Adjunct Instructor | 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.

Rebecca Sutton

Program Director and Adjunct Professor | rls93494@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Rebecca Sutton received her B.A. in education from Bethel University and M.A. in English as a Second Language from Hamline University. She has worked in education for over 30 years and in the area of English Language Learning for over 25 years. During those years she has acquired a broad spectrum of experiences from teaching English learners at both the elementary and secondary level, to administering an EL program on the district level k-12, to teaching in a teacher preparation program . . . read more.

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.


Felix Amenumey

AA/AS Faculty | fka83436@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Felix Amenumey's interests are employee training and development, organizational development, international development and environmental sustainability.

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

Research, writing, worldview, humanities and theology, and Bible. In addition to teaching in the college setting for over 10 years, Case has served in pastoral ministry for 20 years in positions of student ministry, adult ministry, church planting, local and global missions, and senior leadership.  He is currently working on a doctorate regarding the influence of narratives on our spiritual formation.

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.

Nathan Elliott

Faculty | nathan-elliott@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

Response to Intervention, instructional technology integration, curriculum development, differentiated instruction, STEM integration, early literacy/numeracy development, formative assessment, continuous improvement process, Professional Learning Communities, professional development, standards based grading, classroom management

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

Becky Gerdes

Faculty | beg92364@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: Spring 2017

Greetings, I am Becky Gerdes. I started my educational journey by earning my Bachelor of Science Degree at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN in elementary education with a minor in Social Welfare. That background in social welfare has provided me with an opportunity over the years to build connections in the communities to provide parents with resources (social services, food stamps, counseling, dental health). My teaching experience includes teaching fourth grade, . . . read more.

Amy Gorowsky

| rohamy@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

I teach the Laboratory Safety Workshop and Science Concepts in Chemistry.

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

Erica Hering

Faculty | e-hering@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Erica is a former elementary school teacher who has served in higher education for 12 years. Erica has worked with the Doctoral and Licensing Program in Educational Leadership since 2006. She also received her doctoral degree through Bethel's program.

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.

Paul Ives

Adjunct Professor of Business | pives@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Paul Ives is currently works as a full-time development professional for a Twin Cities based Christian ministry where he is responsible for overseeing nearly 200 missionaries and training and coaching them in their fundraising and ministry partnership skills. He first first started working at Bethel University CAPS/GS in 2008 as an Enrollment Counselor and later as the Director of Admissions for CAPS/GS. Since 2012 he has either been teaching or serving as the SME (Subject Matter Expert) an. . . read more.

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."

Peter Jankowski

Associate Professor of Psychology | 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.

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.

Patrick Keefe

Adjunct Instructor | pak83799@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

I began my accounting career with Price Waterhouse (now PWC) in 1983 and eventually promoted to the level of Senior Tax Manager - my practice consisted of providing a variety of accounting, audit and tax services to large, closely held Corporations. From 1992 to 1995, I spent time in the New York Headquarters editing books and providing litigation support on the infamous Willie Nelson v. Price Waterhouse lawsuit. Over the past 20 years, I have served in a variety of Chief Financial Office. . . read more.

Charlene Koel-Turner

Adjunct Instructor | charlene-turner@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2010

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

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

Judith Landrum

Dean of Education, Christian Ministries, and Associate Programs | j-landrum@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2004

Secondary Literacy: Writing instruction practices, K-12 Literature, and Reading in the Content Area

Gregg Lindberg

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

Human Resource Management, Business Administration, Organizational Development, Leadership, 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.

Maia Miller

Faculty | maia-miller@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2014

Maia has been teaching in the special education field for 10 years. During this time she has worked with students of all disability areas. For the majority of her teaching career she has taught reading and writing, but has also taught in center-based programs as well as social skills classes for students with autism.

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.

Jan Mrozinski

Faculty | j-mrozinski@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Counseling and mental health, teaching students with challenging behaviors, collaboration with outside agencies

Susan Mulligan

AA/AS 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

Chad Osgood

Associate Dean of Health, Medical and Social Sciences | chad-osgood@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1998

Osgood's research interests are upper extremity injuries, instructional technology, concussion management, and integrative medicine.

Sally Padgett

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

Theology, Church History, Technology and Ethics, Business Ethics

Abbey Payeur

Teaching Partner | abbeypayeur@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2010

I have a decade of teaching experience in literacy that spans the kindergarten through college age groups. I currently teach reading and writing skills to undergrads in CAS, and to adult students in CAPS 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.

Linda Probert

Faculty | linda-probert@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1997

My initial teaching experience of 15 yrs was at the Kindergarten-first grade levels. I have completed 20 yrs at Bethel, primarily in the undergraduate education program- with specialties in literacy and kindergarten education. At the graduate level I teach literacy and reading foundations. I am passionate about working with teacher candidates as they learn to assess and teach their own students to read-regardless of the student's age or learning abilities.. . . read more.

Lance Radziej

Adjunct Faculty | Lar49965@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Lance is an accomplished accounting and finance executive who will bring his practical experience into the classroom setting. This experience includes working in multinational public corporations (as a controller), non-profits (as a board treasurer), public accounting (in a “big four” firm and as a managing partner of a boutique firm), and government service (as a state agency public official

Shelby Reigstad

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

My name is Shelby Reigstad and a 2000 graduate of the Masters in Communication program at Bethel University. Proud to be originally from Hibbing, Minnesota, I moved to St. Cloud to receive a B.S. degree in Advertising/Public Relations/Marketing. Moving on to the Twin Cities for employment with a company called Concept Group.  I continued to work for Concept Group while studying at Bethel.  Upon graduation, I began teaching as an adjunct in the evenings at Saint Paul College.  I moved t. . . read more.

Eric Roesler

Adjunct Professor | err79847@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

I am excited to be teaching adults. I have 15+ years experience teaching high school students about Business, Marketing, and Economics. I am enjoying being able to transfer that knowledge to adults as well.

Dan Rotach

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology | danny-rotach@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2000

Issues of sexuality, conflict management, relationship dynamics.

Jennifer Scott

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

Personal Spiritual Formation, Bible (historical reading/study and personal application)

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 GENS110 Succeeding in College GENS130 Successful Writing GENS135 Workplace Writing GENS150: Reading and Responding to the Arts ENGL214: Film and Modern Myth BUS208 Writing for Business and Industry GENS225 Academic Research Writing GENS240 Christianity and Civilizations BUS304 Business Communication

Jone Tiffany

Professor of Nursing | tifjon@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2001-2007, 2010-Present

Dr. Tiffany is a Professor of Nursing, Healthcare Education Consultant, and Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach. In her academic role, she is involved in designing and implementing simulations in the lab and in virtual settings; the use educational technology; and teaches Innovations in Nursing Education and Nursing Informatics. She also chairs the Credentialing and Privileging sub-committee of the Board of Directors for the Fairview Care system in Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Tiffany has presented n. . . read more.

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.

Brinn Watson, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty | bhw27758@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Research and teaching interests include: Impact of public policy on children and families, low-income families and children, research methods, statistics for the social sciences

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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