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Meet Our Staff

We’re passionate about helping Bethel students understand the love of God and where this great love is calling them.

Meet our team to learn more about what we do and why we're here at Bethel. We've also put together a spiritual formation guide (pdf) to help you learn more about our philosophy of helping students grow in faith.

Laurel Bunker

Dean of Campus Ministries/Campus Pastor

Pastor Laurel feels blessed to serve the Bethel community in two primary ways. As the dean of campus ministries, Laurel is a member of the President's Executive Leadership Team, providing strategic guidance on issues related to the spiritual formation and personal development of the student body. As campus pastor, Laurel serves as the primary preacher in Chapel and leads a vibrant and gifted team that is dedicated to providing transformational ministry opportunities for the Bethel community.

When not preaching at Bethel, Laurel travels throughout the country teaching and training at colleges, churches, and parachurch organizations in the areas of leadership, spiritual development, biblical issues in 21st century Christianity, and more.

Matthew Runion

Associate Dean of Campus Ministries

Matt's ministry call is to connect students with God's work around the world. He conducts that ministry by giving vision and oversight to missions and discipleship ministries on our campus. From training and sending numerous Spring Break mission teams, to training and supporting discipleship initiatives on campus, God is absolutely at work--around the world and at Bethel! Matt also leads the Bethel delegation to the Urbana student missions conference every 3 years. Matt finds great delight in working alongside Pastor Laurel in representing our department with our partners in academics and student life at Bethel.

Donna Johnson

Assistant Campus Pastor/Prayer Ministries

Donna leads the prayer ministries at Bethel. She finds a variety of ways to engage students and employees in the power of prayer by forming prayer teams, planning community events, and being available for counseling and prayer.

Jason Steffenhagen

Assistant Campus Pastor/Discipleship Ministries

Jason leads and directs discipleship initiatives across our campus. He works closely with residence life and with faculty to lead the collaboration in shaping our campus into a discipling community. Jason likes to say, "all students are on a journey toward God." His passion is to come alongside students in that journey to help them become fully-committed disciples of Christ.

Chris LaRue

Director of Worship Ministries/Chapel Producer

Chris leads the United Worship Ministries at Bethel, which includes musical worship teams as well as those interested in sharing their artistic gifts as a form of community worship in vespers and chapel.  She inspires and designs creative pieces of each chapel service by incorporating elements of video, sound, drama, and design to draw our community together to worship our God.