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Executive Director of Military and Veteran Services

j-morris@bethel.edu

651.635.2422

Biography and Military Career

I was born at Scott Airforce Base in Belleville, Illinois, and raised on U.S. Air Force Bases around the world. My military career started in October 1984 as a chaplain candidate, and I retired with the rank of colonel. I served three tours of duty as a chaplain in the Middle East, and I recruited and trained chaplains as staff chaplain of the Army National Guard. I co-created Minnesota’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program, which helps soldiers reintegrate into civilian life. Most recently, I served at the Pentagon as an actions officer for the U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains, and I was also senior instructor for the General Colin Powell Leadership Academy in Minneapolis.

I was ordained as an elder in the Minnesota Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1985, and I have served as a parish pastor for three congregations.

My Role at Bethel

I recruit military-affiliated students to attend Bethel, help them navigate Bethel systems and integrate into the community, and I help them network with bethel military-affiliated alumni.

Why You'd Contact Me

  1. Questions about your education benefits.
  2. Help to navigate the Veterans Administration process.
  3. Readjustment and integration issues or concerns related to military service.

Reasons I Love My Job

I love the opportunity to help veterans and their families, and I enjoy the opportunity to help military-affiliated students grow in their faith. I love the chance to help Bethel University grow.

Current Town

Afton, Minnesota

Degrees

B.S. in Education, University of Minnesota, 1978
Master of Divinity, Bethel Seminary 1986
M.S. in Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College

In My Free Time

I enjoy hiking, biking, and playing with my grandkids.