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John Neibergall

John Neibergall

Senior Development Officer



I came to work at Bethel by accepting God’s call 15 years ago after seeing how Bethel University equipped my two children to be courageous, committed Christ-followers. College years are so important for believers, and God graciously led and enabled our children to choose Bethel, where He strengthened their walk with Christ and prepared them for lives, careers, and relationships that honor Him. Prior to Bethel, I was owner-publisher of four Iowa community newspapers, spent four years as executive director of the Iowa Newspaper Foundation, and spent eight years teaching at universities in Iowa and Kansas. This background helps me communicate, build relationships, and value Bethel’s Christ-centered approach to learning.

My favorite part of my job is...
This work is always new and engaging because it requires that I give my best to the Lord’s service each day, and wait upon Him for His provision through those who invest in this amazing, transformational ministry.

Outside of work...
My wife of 40 years, Karen, and I have five grandchildren and two children. Both kids are college professors (Matthew is on the chemistry faculty at Bethel).