2016 Bethel Seminary Alumnus of the Year
Nick Hall, a 2011 graduate of Bethel Seminary St. Paul, has been named 2016 Bethel Seminary Alumnus of the Year. Hall is the primary evangelist and visionary for PULSE, a Twin Cities-based nonprofit at the heart of the largest student-led evangelism movement in the U.S.
As a teenager, Hall was inspired by Billy Graham, and sensed God’s call to become an evangelist. In college, he wrote a paper about how to reach his generation with the gospel. The paper went viral and sparked a student-led movement that reached 8,000 students on Hall’s college campus, then quickly spread to other campuses. Within two years, more than 50,000 students heard about Jesus, and PULSE was founded and grew. Hall entered seminary to hone his communication and leadership gifts with a master’s in Christian thought. He says, “My time at Bethel provided the theological and intellectual foundation for PULSE to build.”
Since its founding in 2006, PULSE has shared the gospel with 2.5 million people from college campuses to concert arenas, churches to music festivals, in the U.S. and overseas. More than 525,000 people have responded to the gospel through PULSE events. In July 2016, Hall and the organization held their most ambitious event yet, a gathering on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., called Together, where close to five hundred thousand people came together to unite in prayer and glorify Jesus.
“Nick has a unique call on his life,” says Chris McFarland, executive vice president of PULSE.
“He has answered that call with boldness and courage…He has become a global leader for young people, working to raise up a generation to follow Jesus.”