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Friends of the History Center

With a goal of connecting the rich heritage of our past to today and tomorrow, the Friends of the History Center promotes public interest in the History Center by circulating a newsletter; holding regular public events; publishing both scholarly and popular historical studies and media presentations; encouraging the gathering of vital documents and materials; raising funds for events, publishing, and special projects; and advocating for appropriate staff, funding, facilities, and policies to help ensure the sustainability of the History Center.

The Friends of the History Center is a voluntary, self-perpetuating auxiliary to the Center existing under the authorization and purview of the office of the President of Bethel University.

Connect with the Friends 

Trail Markers is published twice a year and contains articles on conference and Bethel history, news on past and upcoming Friends events, and opportunities to contribute to the mission of the Friends of the History Center.  Submit a request to receive a paper copy in your mailbox.

Upcoming Friends events

"Giving a Cup of Cold Water in Christ's Name," will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Calvary Church, 2120 North Lexington Avenue in Roseville.  9:30am coffee and refreshments ($3) and program at 10am (no charge).  Join us as Ron Dischinger traces some of the inspiring history of early social ministries in the U.S., particularly by individuals and churches of the Baptist General Conference, now known as Converge.  We will also highlight several amazing and creative social ministries being carried out today by Converge churches in the Twin Cities.  Submit a request to be added to the Friends mailing list. 

Recent Friends events

"The Amazing Story of The Bethel Nursing Program" was held on October 21, 2017.  As part of the program a documentary film short was created and can be viewed here.

Recent Friends publications

Five Decades of Growth and Change: The Baptist General Conference and Bethel College and Seminary, 1952-2002 (James and Carole Spickelmier, editors, 2010). An online copy is available in the Bethel University Digital Library.  

New Century/New Directions: The Baptist General Conference/Converge Worldwide, 2001-2010 (James and Carole Spickelmier, editors, 2012)

Give First Priority to Jesus: Key values for Christian living taken from the life and ministry of Carl H. Lundquist (James and Carole Spickelmier, editors, 2013).

A Time of Transformation: Bethel Seminary 1982-2012 (James and Carole Spickelmier, editors, 2013).  

Bethel Seminary: Shaped by Godly Leadership.  An online copy is available in the Bethel University Digital Library.

Hard copies of these volumes are available for order.