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Meet the Staff


Student Staff

Current Bethel students are hired and trained as counselors and activity coordinators. The student staff is responsible for leading discussions, facilitating activities, and modeling what it means to be a Christ-follower.

Institute Faculty

Institute Faculty are Bethel professors and staff who have been recruited to teach and lead a variety of workshops on the theme.

Professional Staff

Katie Friesen Smith

Katie Friesen Smith, D.Min., is the director of Living The Questions Youth Theology Institute. Katie has been involved with spiritual formation and youth ministry for the majority of her career. She is thrilled to partner with Bethel University and the local church in putting on this experience for high school students.

Email or call at 651.638.6117

Henry Donato

Henry Donato is the communications assistant for Living The Questions. Henry is a Bethel grad ('15) in Business Marketing and also works as a worship director in White Bear Lake. He is excited to be back at his alma mater, working with a program that helps high school students grow in their faith by asking critical questions.


Jenna Thompson

Jenna Thompson is the Program Coordinator for Living The Questions. Jenna received an M.A. in Spiritual Formation from Portland Seminary. She enjoys partnering with young adults as they learn more about who they were created to be and she is excited to connect students with meaningful mentoring relationships as they participate in Living The Questions.


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