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Paul Deakins

Associate Vice President of Development


Paul ’89 and his wife Paula ’86 have been involved in the Bethel community for nearly 30 years. Paul served on the National Alumni Board and has been actively involved with Bethel since graduation.

Paul realized he wanted to work for Bethel after volunteering to write a fundraising letter to his classmates the year after he graduated, assuming it would be something he would likely pursue later in his career. His dream became a reality in March 2016 after working for 18 years in nonprofit fundraising.

“It is exciting for me to bring my experience to Bethel to help ensure the future of the university and to continue the tradition of developing solid Christian leaders to impact our world for the Kingdom of God.”

Paul and Paula have three children: Grant (19), Lindsey (17), and Madison (12).

Favorite Bethel Memories

Making lifelong friendships, Student Government, Gadkin and Nikdag (when asked), and serving as a Resident Assistant.

Guiding Scripture

Jeremiah 29:11

When He's Not at Work

Paul enjoys fly fishing, cycling, and traveling with his family. He recently began learning to play the banjo and enjoys attending Bluegrass festivals.

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