Bruce Anderson, a Bethel alumnus and member of the Bethel University Board of Trustees since 1998, became Bethel University’s vice president for development in February. Anderson had been on the staff of Moody Bible Institute since 1977, holding a variety of positions there including general manager and executive editor of Moody Magazine. Most recently, Anderson was division manager for marketing and current fund development, where he led a team in advancing a program of communication and gift solicitation to more than 120,000 constituents. “Working with the Board of Trustees familiarized me with the depth, range, and potential of Bethel’s people and programs,” said Anderson. “God has blessed this place, and our vision for the future recognizes the need for new programs and facilities to match what God is already doing through us in a university operating on multiple campuses. My appointment to serve in Bethel’s Office of Development is a real honor and a positive challenge as we seek to organize our work in anticipation of God’s provision for Bethel’s future through strong involvement by many friends.”
Paul L.H. Olson, executive vice president for institutional advancement, commented: “I have seen firsthand Bruce’s strong commitment to Bethel’s mission and ministry and am so pleased to have a person with his rich experience and proven leadership skills to head up this critically important area for Bethel University.”
Anderson is a graduate of Bethel College and received degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Northeastern Illinois University. He has taught philosophy at several colleges while serving as an administrator at Moody for most of his professional career. He and Debbie (Bayle), his wife and fellow Bethel alum, are the parents of Nate, a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences, and Britta (Anderson) Jordan, a 2001 Bethel grad. •
Christianity Today magazine recognized Bethel University as the best workplace in the category “Higher Education, 300 or More Employees” in its May issue. Other top recipients were Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio; Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Ill.; and Columbia International University, Columbia, S.C.
The annual survey was conducted by Best Christian Workplaces Institute, a human resources consulting firm. After soliciting self-nominations from Christian workplaces, the institute asked employees in each organization to fill out a confidential online survey. More than 8,403 employees from 84 organizations responded, and administrators provided details of human resources practices from workplaces that have a Christian mission statement. Participants were arranged into 11 logical categories, and judges weighed the data in a “blind” process that identified the final list of 40 winners. •
On November 15, nearly 70 golfers attended the first-ever Bethel Golf Classic held in San Diego. Area pastors, seminary alumni, College of Arts & Sciences alumni, and friends of Bethel were all in attendance. Thousands of dollars were raised for the Bethel Seminary San Diego Annual Fund.
The event was held at Singing Hills Country Club at Sycuan. Bethel hosted a dinner program for attendees featuring the vision and purpose of Bethel Seminary. Beautiful weather ensured that this first-ever Bethel Golf Classic in San Diego will become an annual event! •
On the green with Bethel Seminary San Diego Dean and Executive Officer John LIllis.
F. LeRon Shults, professor of theology (St. Paul), was awarded a $6,000 grant in an international competition sponsored by the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love (IRUL), located at the School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. IRUL was established in 2001 with a mission to “help all persons better understand their capacities for participation in unlimited love through research, scholarly publication, and educational opportunities.” It is among the first organizations to seek rigorous, open-minded, and empirically focused research into the causes and effects of unlimited love.
Shults received the grant for development of a course entitled “Theology, Spirituality, and Altruistic Love” that he taught at the seminary in spring 2005. The course explored ways in which “scientific research and philosophical reflection on altruistic love can illuminate the intersection of Christian theology and spirituality.” Through a diversity of disciplinary frameworks, students studied themes of compassion, adoption, kenosis, forgiveness, service, and giving.
The course is part of a broader book project Shults is completing with Steven Sandage, associate professor of marriage and family studies (St. Paul), called Transformed Spirituality: Invitations to Intimacy. Shults recently presented a paper on the book project, “Modeling Spirituality: Psychology, Religion, and Transformation,” at the American Academy of Religion in San Antonio. He said he is excited to receive such a competitive award, but “it is a bit ironic to get praised for a project on ‘altruism,’ which is all about doing good things without hope of praise!” •
Bethel Seminary of the East now offers the Master of Arts (Theological Studies) with concentrations in Leadership Effectiveness and Biblical and Theological Studies. This latest fully accredited program is offered at the Pennsylvania location and allows students to remain in their local ministry contexts while they study. The degree takes just three years to complete and can be customized via a personalized guided learning contract with a mentor in the student’s local church. To find out more, call 888.THE.EAST, email email@example.com, or go to http://seminary.bethel.edu. •
Bethel Seminary Professor of Theology Emeritus Clarence B. Bass, Ph.D., will host one last “Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Bible Lands” October 11-26, 2005, culminating more than 30 years of guiding tours through the Holy Land. “People, Places, Prayers, and Peace” defines the theme of the tour, as visits to major sites are integrated with dialogue among trip participants and local Israeli and Palestinian citizens. Destinations include Israel/Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, and Istanbul. “No one can visit the Holy Lands without gaining a deeper appreciation of the Bible and a stronger faith in the Lord,” Bass says. “A trip to the Bible lands is a spiritual pilgrimage every Christian should make.” For further details and registration information, call 651.645.6300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. •
“Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” — Jesus (John 4:14)
Beginning in January, St. Paul students, faculty, and staff have been refreshed by a new worship service, Oasis, which focuses on worship and prayer. Oasis meets twice each month, offering community members a variety of worship opportunities and an extended prayer ministry, with prayer teams available to pray with attendees throughout the gathering. Robin Morical, M.Div. student and student senate spiritual life coordinator, spearheaded the effort to launch the new service. “I have served in the healing ministry for more than 10 years,” she says, “and am blessed to now have an opportunity to serve the Bethel community in this way…As a seminary committed to spiritual formation and the New Wineskins initiative, I believe this is another outlet for the Lord to move us in a new direction.” •
F. LeRon Shults, professor of theology, and Steven Sandage, associate professor of marriage and family studies, were selected as recipients of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) Narramore Award for excellence in the integration of psychology and theology for their book The Faces of Forgiveness. The award was established in 2003 to honor the contributions of Clyde and Bruce Narramore for their work in integrating these two disciplines. In receiving the award, The Faces of Forgiveness was determined by the selection committee to demonstrate a scholarly understanding of evangelical theology; to represent sound psychological theory and/or research; to demonstrate an ability to meaningfully synthesize theological and psychological perspectives in a way that enhances our understanding; and to further our concept of a biblical and scientific understanding of the nature of human beings and/or our relationship with God. Shults and Sandage were presented with the award on April 9 at the 2005 CAPS International Conference in Dallas. •
Spring 2005 marked the start of Bethel’s first-ever trans-regional course. Christianity in Culture was taught by Tom Correll, faculty associate in global and contextual ministries and professor and dean emeritus, using audiotaped and videotaped lectures and live interaction via webcast. The course linked students in all of the seminary’s locations—St. Paul, San Diego, and Seminary of the East—for a truly engaging, interactive experience. •
Two members of the seminary community were recognized for their contributions to the institution at Bethel University’s annual community celebration on April 26. Lissa Hutcheson, administrative assistant, MFT coordinator, and special events and IT coordinator (San Diego), received the Distinguished Service Award, as did Greg Meland, director of supervised ministry and placement (St. Paul). The Distinguished Service Award recognizes staff employees who have distinguished themselves by consistently giving exemplary service and the highest level of Royal Care customer service to Bethel University. Recipients are chosen based on their outstanding job performance, dedication to Bethel, and their quest for continuous improvement in all they do for the benefit of the Bethel community. •
For many years, Bethel has teamed with the Baptist General Conference to provide personal interaction between students and senior BGC leadership. In the past, this interaction has occurred during a seminary-sponsored trip to BGC Headquarters in Arlington Heights, Ill., where students toured the facility, participated in seminars, and met and interacted with leaders. This year, the BGC came to Bethel! In January, six members of the BGC team spent a day and a half on the St. Paul campus for the purpose of exploring BGC distinctives with students and building relationships with them. Visiting leaders included: Jerry Sheveland, president; Ron Larson, world missions; Lou Petrie, development and income expansion; Paul Johnson, Team America and church planting; Ray Swatkowski, vice president, strategic planning; and Rich Massey, pastoral care and enrichment. •
Bethel Seminary San Diego hosted several events through the marital and family therapy (MFT) department during winter and spring 2005. On February 17, the department offered a workshop on “Domestic Violence Assessment and Intervention” presented by Jodi Collins, Psy.D. On February 25, the MFT leadership team sponsored an integration meeting featuring Arlys Norcross-McDonald, adjunct professor of marital and family therapy, who discussed “Repressed Memories.” In March, the department hosted the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS), where Maxine Dumser, a 2004 graduate and current intern, presented “Game Therapy: An Innovative Approach to Family Therapy.” •
On April 26, Mark McCloskey was formally installed into the positions of professor of ministry leadership and lead faculty, master of arts in transformational leadership. His installation service celebrated his contributions to Bethel Seminary’s transformational leadership program and looked forward to his continued leader ship in this area. McCloskey spoke on “Paul in Corinth: A New Testament Pattern for Serving Leadership,” dedicating his remarks to the memory of Donald Verseput, professor of New Testament, a close friend and mentor who died in 2004. Born and raised in Grafton, Ohio, McCloskey “joined” the Bethel family in 1978 when he married Dawnelle Kramer McCloskey (Bethel College 1972), daughter of John (Bethel Seminary 1952) and Annabelle Kramer (Bethel Academy 1940). Mark and Dawnelle have two children, David, a freshman at Wheaton, and Kirsten, a sophomore at Mounds View High School.
McCloskey graduated from Miami University (Ohio) in 1974 with a degree in sociology/social work. It was at Miami that Mark met Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. He joined the staff of Campus Crusade in 1974 and was assigned to the University of North Dakota, where he served as a local director.
Mark and Dawnelle moved to Minneapolis in 1979 to serve as Campus Crusade’s area director for the upper Midwest. They traveled together supervising the local Campus Crusade ministries and doing evangelism and discipleship on college campuses, as well as working with international students. McCloskey was the director of the Young and Single Adults Council at Crystal Evangelical Free Church, where he taught Sunday School for seven years. He also served on the Board of the Christian Legal Society and Christian Conciliation Service of Minnesota. McCloskey graduated from Bethel Seminary in 1987 with an M.Div. degree.
In 1992 Mark and Dawnelle moved to Orlando to join the national leadership team for the United States Campus Ministry, as well as to lead the human resources department, new staff selection, and new staff training. McCloskey completed his Ph.D. in 2000 at the University of South Florida in the College of Education and Department of Leadership Development.
McCloskey came to Bethel Seminary in 1998 to serve as the dean of the Center for Transformational Leadership before entering his current role as professor of ministry leadership and lead faculty in the Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership program. In addition, he served on the governing board and board of directors for Urban Leadership Academy from 1999 to 2003, and consults with churches and ministry organizations in the areas of leadership development, strategic planning, and team building.
McCloskey is the author of Tell it Often, Tell it Well, a textbook on evangelism. He has also authored numerous articles and book chapters such as “The Art of Growing in Christ” in The Art of Sharing Your Faith; “Mobilizing for World Evangelization,” Evangelism Magazine; “The Ethics of Persuasion in a Pluralistic Culture,” Cultic Studies Journal; “Inside the Secular Mind,” Worldwide Challenge Magazine; “Nehemiah, Leader of Leaders” and “The September 11 Test: Between Hope and Humility,” Heart & Mind. •
Peter Vogt, assistant professor of Old Testament (St. Paul), was selected as the 2005 recipient of the Bethel Seminary Faculty Excellence Award, announced on April 26 at the Bethel University Community Celebration. The award serves to recognize a faculty member who has shown excellence in any one (or more) of several areas of service, such as teaching, scholarship, mentoring of students, contributing to church life, or others. Vogt, who joined Bethel Seminary’s faculty in 2001, served as an officer in the United States Navy on the USS John Rodgers before experiencing a call to ministry. He spent the past few years pursuing further education in preparation for a teaching ministry, including living in England and studying under the supervision of Dr. Gordon McConville. Vogt’s doctoral research was on the theology of Deuteronomy. His past ministry experience includes ministry to single adults, correctional facility inmates, adults and teens in Sunday school, and as a volunteer hospital chaplain. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, the Society of Biblical Literature, and Tyndale Fellowship. He has a B.A. from the American University, an M.Div. from Bethel Seminary, and a Ph.D. from the University of Gloucestershire. •
by Melissa King ’06
Bethel Seminary welcomed two new faculty members to the St. Paul campus
this year. Chris Armstrong, associate professor of
church history, began his tenure in December 2004. He received his
undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia
and continued his education at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
and Duke University, earning a master’s degree and a doctorate.
Armstrong came to Bethel after serving as managing editor of Christian
History magazine, a publication of Christianity Today International.
He is a member of several professional church history associations
as well as the Evangelical Press Association. He and his wife Sharon
have five children.
Bill Hogan serves as lead preaching faculty. Hogan earned a theology degree at Dallas and Columbia Seminaries and a D.Min. at Westminster Seminary. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate at Eastern College in St. Davids, Pa. He has served as an assistant pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Montgomery, Ala., and as assistant pastor at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. In addition, Hogan has served as a church planter, starting a church in Wayne, Pa., that grew from 14 couples to 2,000 attendees in 16 years. •
by Melissa King ’06
Bethel Seminary has experienced several administrative changes recently. Lori Jass, former seminary registrar, in March accepted a new position as registrar and associate dean of Bethel University’s College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Adult & Professional Studies, and the Graduate School. While at the seminary, Jass created and implemented a new online registration system and developed and oversaw a new student advising system. She brings her 10 years of experience as seminary registrar to her new position at the university. Jass holds a B.A. from Bethel College, an M.A.T.S. from Bethel Seminary, and an Ed.D. from the University of St. Thomas.
Assuming the new position of associate registrar is Nick Matchefts, who began his work in April. He is a 1995 Bethel Seminary M.Div. graduate and has served as senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Norway, Mich. He has an engineering background and has also served in the United States Air Force.
Linda Smith has been hired as senior development officer, West Coast. She will be responsible for development at Bethel Seminary San Diego while also working with the larger population of Bethel University donors on the West Coast. Smith joins Bethel after working as development coordinator for the Zoological Society of San Diego and executive administrator with Tanabe Research Laboratories. She and her husband, Jim, have also provided pastoral leadership for BGC churches on the East Coast. Smith holds an undergraduate degree from San Diego State University with additional graduate work at the University of Minnesota and the University of San Diego.
Cecilia Williams is serving as Bethel Seminary’s interim director of multicultural affairs for the remainder of the 2005 academic year. A student and colleague of the late Ralph Hammond, Bethel Seminary associate professor of pastoral care and director of multicultural affairs, Williams is committed to continuing Hammond’s legacy of service, reconciliation, and support for the seminary’s students of color. •