Fall Faculty Retreat

Fall Faculty Retreat
Date Wednesday, August 26, 2020
12:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location Bethel University Anderson Center Community Room - View maps and directions
Bethel University
3900 Bethel Dr St Paul MN 55112
RegistrationPlease register by August 19, 2020. This event has pivoted to remote only participation. Register

Event Description

"Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." Ecclesiastes 4:12 | NIV

As individuals in relationship with others, we are reminded that the third cord is our Lord. Faith integration is an opportunity to display that our vocation and relationships are built under His authority and intended to glorify Him.



  • 12:30-1:00 pm – Welcome, Opening Prayer, & Faith Integration Video
    • Judi Landrum, CAPS and GS Dean (include logistics of the day)
    • Faculty Development Committee Members (intro video)
  • 1:00-1:50 pm – Plenary Session 
    • Bringing Your Whole Self to Integration 
  • 2:00-2:50 pm – Breakout Session (choose one)
    • Helping Students Identify God’s Purpose for Their Lives 
    • Faith Integration and Online Instruction
    • Pause and Process in a Season of Stress
  • 3:00-3:50 pm – Breakout Session (choose one)
    • Helping Students Identify God’s Purpose for Their Lives 
    • Faith Integration and Online Instruction
    • Pause and Process in a Season of Stress
  • 4:00-6:00 pm – Free Time/Break/Optional Divisional Meeting
  • 6:00-6:05 pm - Welcome and Introduction of Speakers
    • John Dunne, Past CAPS/Seminary/GS FAC Chair
  • 6:05-7:00 pm - Leadership Address
    • Deb Harless, Executive Vice President and Provost
    • Randy Bergen, Associate Provost for CAPS/Seminary/GS
    • Ross Allen, President
  • 7:00-7:20 pm – Student Testimonies
    • Tinku Thompson, Doctor of Ministry (SP20)
    • Yolanda McIntosh, B.A. Organizational Leadership (SP16), M.A. Strategic Leadership (SP19)
  • 7:20-7:45 pm - Faculty Excellence Award Announcement
    • Lisa Naser, Physician Assistant Program Faculty
    • Peter Vogt, Seminary Dean
  • 7:45-8:00 pm – Closing Prayer and Blessing on the Year
    • Peter Vogt, Seminary Dean

Plenary Session: 

  • Bringing Your Whole Self to Integration -- Integrating faith into teaching necessarily involves more than just having a grasp of theological or biblical truths and ideas.  It also means knowing what the interpreter brings to the interpretive/integrative task.  The purpose of this plenary session is to focus on how to most effectively pursue faith integration by increasing our awareness of our whole self in that endeavor.
    • Jeannine Brown, Ph.D., Professor of New Testament and Director for Seminary Online Programs
    • Tina Watson Wiens, ABD, Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy, and Program Director for the Marriage and Family Therapy Program 

Breakout Sessions:

  • Helping Students Identify God’s Purpose for Their Lives -- As faculty at Bethel, we have the privilege of not just teaching students but to be a part of a transformative process.  Each of our students has unique gifts, talents, and ways of being in the world that are important for them to understand and see. The purpose of this session is to explore different ways to help students be curious about themselves in order to see the unique ways God created them in order to serve others with purpose.  
    • Jennifer Koenig Nelson, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Counseling and Program Director for the Counseling Program 
  • Faith Integration and Online Instruction -- CAPS, Sem, and GS students have exponentially increased their interest in online vs. F2F instruction over the past few years, and the outbreak of COVID-19 has only increased the usage of online instruction. Many Bethel faculty members have reported that they feel less comfortable with the how-to of faith integration in an online vs. a F2F delivery format. The purpose of this session is to describe some specific strategies that Bethel faculty can apply to faith integration in an online environment.
    • Laura Gilbertson, M.Div., Instructor of Christian Ministries and Program Director of Christian Ministries
    • Peg McCormick, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Special Education  
    • Mary Michener, Ed.D., Associate Professor of General Education and Program Director of Human Services Program and the Associate Degree Programs 
    • Al Prentice, MATS, Adjunct Instructor
  • Pause and Process During a Season of Stress -- This session does not have a predetermined agenda. This is a time to talk about serving as a faculty member during unprecedented times: the COVID-19 pandemic; Bethel faculty and staff terminations; and the George Floyd tragedy. Faculty have the opportunity to share needs they have in the short-term and long-term so that the Faculty Development Committee can support them with training, advocacy, and prayer.
    • Judith Landrum, Ph.D., Dean of Education, Christian Ministries, and Associate Programs and Faculty Development Committee Chair


Contact Tracy Reimer at or 651.635.8502.

Information regarding the Seminary Fall Retreat activities scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday will be emailed to Seminary faculty. Please contact Jenny Vang with questions specific to those dates at


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