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Bethel Seminary Awardee

Joel Johnson

Bethel grads have a legacy of making a difference in the world around them. Join us in congratulating our deserving award recipient for 2021!

2021 Alumnus of the Year

From his long and fruitful ministry career, Joel Johnson ’80, S’86, senior pastor of Westwood Community Church in Chanhassen, Minnesota, offers these words of advice: “Just make yourself available.” His willingness to be available to God’s call led Johnson to Bethel as an undergraduate, then to Bethel Seminary and a ministry that has included planting Westwood in 1995, leading its expansion, and serving on Bethel’s board of trustees. 

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Past Recipients

Year

Name of Awardee

2020

Jon Wicklund '97, S'02

2019

Leland Eliason ’62, S’66

2018

Heather Flies '95, S'02

2017

Sammy Wanyonyi S’08, S’14

2016

Nick Hall S'11

2015

Kara Powell S'94

2014

John Morris S'86

2013

Paul Berthiaume S'00

2012

Dick Varberg '55, S'58

2011

Rev. David Pound '70, S'74

2010

Stan Rendahl, '34, S'41

2009

Doug Fagerstrom, S'83

2008

Melvin Swanson, '41, S'44

2007

Janice Raymond, S'99

2006

Rev. Bob Merritt, S'83

2005

Edward O. Nelson, S'39

2004

Dr. Clifford V. Anderson, S'55

2003

Richard Young, S'66

2002

Robert Featherstone, S'55

2001

Paul Douglas Johnson, '77, S'97

2000

Alfred Babington-Johnson, S'84

1999

Herb Skoglund, S'54

1998

Dr. James Mason, S'55

1997

Harold Carlson, S'48

1996

Emmett Johnson, S'53

1995

Rev. Delbert Kuehl, S'48

1994

Dr. Virgil Olson, S'41

1993

Dr. Gordon Johnson, S'46