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Meet Our Staff

We’re passionate about helping Bethel students understand the love of God and where this great love is calling them.

Meet our team to learn more about what we do and why we're here at Bethel. We've also put together a spiritual formation guide (pdf) to help you learn more about our philosophy of helping students grow in faith.

Matthew Runion

Associate Dean of Christian Formation and Church Relations
matthew-runion@bethel.edu

Pastor Matt is currently serving as Team Lead in CFCR. His bottomline ministry call is to connect students with God's work around the world. He conducts that ministry by giving vision and oversight to missions and discipleship ministries on our campus as well as providing care and community for Third Culture Kids, Missionary Kids, and International Students. From training and sending numerous spring break mission teams to supporting discipleship initiatives on campus, Matt has seen that God is absolutely at work—around the world and at Bethel! Matt also leads the Bethel delegation to the Urbana student missions conference every 3 years. Matt holds a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Global and Contextual Ministry from Bethel Seminary.

Paul Kong

Assistant Campus Pastor, Discipleship and Sankofa Ministries
paul-kong@bethel.edu

Pastor Paul Kong graduated from Bethel Seminary with his M.Div. in 2013. His role is the spiritual development of students through discipleship groups and programs. Paul’s pastoral heart and his strength of Individualization is a great combination for developing student thoughts and attitudes of God. Before Bethel, Paul held leadership roles in nonprofit management, church ministry, and chemical health recovery services.

Dale Durie

Associate Dean of Discipleship Ministries
d-durie@bethel.edu

Dale's passion is to see us participate in God’s work of shaping us into Jesus' likeness, for the sake of the world. He believes this happens best through life-on-life encounters with those who support and challenge us, and through stepping into mentoring and leadership roles.  Dale equips leaders for Shift, Upper-Class DiscipleshipBSG Student Ministries, and is the point person for the CFCR partnership with Athletics and Academics.  He graduated from Bethel with a Biblical & Theological Studies degree (85), and has gone on to earn Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry degrees from other schools.  He also teaches in CAS and the Seminary as an Adjunct Associate Professor.

Caitlyn Stenerson

Pastor Caitlyn Stenerson is passionate about telling the story of Jesus, mentoring young people, and helping people connect their work to God's global call. In her role at Bethel, Pastor Caitlyn provides pastoral care for students and is responsible for coordinating and implementing excellent, innovative, and Christ-centered chapel ministry. Pastor Caitlyn graduated with her B.A. Political Science from Bethel University in 2014, and her Master of Divinity from Bethel Seminary in 2019. Prior to entering ministry, Pastor Caitlyn worked in political communications and public affairs. 

Brittany Nieman

Administrative Assistant
Brittany is a wife and mother of 3 little girls, born and raised in Minnesota. She is currently in her last year of Bethel's Mdiv program. God has given her a heart for teens and young adults and a calling to become a Chaplain within that context. Brittany is currently a Youth Minister at her Church (New Creation Baptist Church). A interest fact about Brittany is; she's a Jiu Jitsu competitor and MMA/Cage fighter.

Hilary Ritchie

Worship Associate
Hilary is passionate about raising up and coaching worshippers who lead God's people into God's redemptive story. In addition to her role at Bethel, Hilary serves as Minister of Worship and the Arts at Hope Church in Richfield, MN.