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Edwin J. Omark Preaching Awards

Since 1968, Bethel Seminary has been recognizing outstanding communicators within the Bethel Seminary student body through the Omark Preaching Awards. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the preaching competition in honor of former seminary professor Edwin J. Omark, and will again award 3 students who demonstrate excellence in preaching.

Sermon Theme

In light of the challenges in our nation and world, why does Jesus matter? Why does Jesus matter in anxiety and depression? In an age of doubt and skepticism? In the midst of religious pluralism? In social media? In leadership? In emotional health?

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Why is Jesus the answer?

We pray this is a time for you to grow in biblical preaching, and shepherding others in knowledge of the Kingdom and considering why Jesus can and should matter in all that we do. 

Awards and Benefits

First Award: $1000 - Edwin J. Omark Preaching Award and the opportunity to preach at the undergraduate chapel service on May 4 in St. Paul. An additional preaching opportunity is available at a local church in San Diego or the Twin Cities is available for the first place winner if he or she is in driving distance of either location. Note: If you are not in driving distance to St. Paul to preach in chapel, we will cover your expenses (flight, hotel, gas, etc.).

Second Award: $800 - Robert A. Featherstone Memorial Scholarship

Third Award: $600 - Emily A. VanAntwerp Memorial Preaching Scholarship

Benefits to All Participants

Sermon preparation support, constructive feedback on submitted sermons, and a video recorded sermon you can use in your search for ministry placement


All Bethel Seminary students currently enrolled in a Master’s level program are eligible to enter. This includes students from both the St. Paul and San Diego campuses, as well as Online/InMinistry students.

Questions? Contact Jenny Vang at or 651-638-6659