Dan Wiersum’s (’73) Bethel experience goes back some 40 years. Not only did he and his wife Marleen (’72) both graduate from Bethel, so did their three children: Ben (’96), Joel (’99), and Becky (’01).
As an alum and parent of Bethel grads, Dan relates well to the Bethel experience of others. Today, the associate vice president for development and director of planned giving shares his expertise in planned giving with donors throughout the U.S.
His longevity as a staff member (26 years over a 35-year span) at Bethel translates into valuable historical perspective as well as knowledge and relationships with many Bethel supporters. In addition, he has a strong service orientation, thanks to his previous work in retail management.
What he likes best about working at Bethel is “a sense that I’m contributing to God’s greater purpose of advancing the gospel of Jesus Christ through the lives of our graduates.”
Dan’s favorite Bethel event is Festival of Christmas. His first date with Marleen included “traying” at Como Park (sledding using discarded cafeteria trays, a common custom back then) after the annual concert.
Outside of work, Dan is active in his church and other ministries and enjoys woodworking, biking, golfing, and spending time with his 7 grandkids.