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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.

Laurel Bunker

Associate Vice President, Christian Formation and Church Relations

Pastor Laurel feels blessed to serve the Bethel community in two primary ways. As the Associate VP of Christian Formation and Church Relations, Laurel is a member of the President's Executive Leadership Team, providing strategic guidance on issues related to the spiritual formation and personal development of the student body. As campus pastor, Laurel serves as the primary preacher in Chapel and leads a vibrant and gifted team that is dedicated to providing transformational ministry opportunities for the Bethel community.

When she's not preaching at Bethel, Laurel travels throughout the country teaching and training at colleges, churches, and parachurch organizations in the areas of leadership, spiritual development, biblical issues in 21st-century Christianity.

Matthew Runion

Associate Dean of Spiritual Formation

Matt's 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. From training and sending numerous spring break mission teams to training and 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 finds great delight in working alongside Pastor Laurel in representing our department with our partners in academics and student life at Bethel.

Jason Steffenhagen

Assistant Campus Pastor/Discipleship Ministries

Jason leads and directs discipleship initiatives across our campus. He works closely with Residence Life staff and with faculty, leading collaborative efforts to shape our campus into a discipling community. Jason likes to say, "All students are on a journey toward God." His passion is to come alongside students in that journey to help them become fully committed disciples of Christ.

Paul Kong

Assistant Campus Pastor, Discipleship and Sankofa Ministries

Pastor Paul Kong graduated from Bethel Seminary with his MDIV 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.

Jackie Batres Bonilla

Administrative Assistant to Campus Pastor 

Jackie provides administrative and departmental support to Pastor Laurel and Pastor Matt and oversees daily operations for the Christian Formation and Church Relations office. Jackie also coordinates all communication with Chapel speakers, oversees student ministry initiatives, coordinate various departmental events and provides office hospitality.

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