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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
l-bunker@bethel.edu

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 she's 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
matthew-runion@bethel.edu

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, Matt has seen that 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
de-johnson@bethel.edu

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-steffenhagen@bethel.edu

Jason leads and directs discipleship initiatives across our campus. He works closely with Residence Life staff and with faculty, leading collaborative efforts to shape 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
c-larue@bethel.edu

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.

Paul Kong

Assistant Campus Pastor/Local Outreach and Sankofa Ministries
paul-kong@bethel.edu

Pastor Paul Kong leads the Twin Cities Outreach and Sankofa programs at Bethel. Paul is at his best when he is discipling others. His focus is on knowing and following Christ and multiplying that in others. Paul brings his pastoral discipleship heart to the external-facing ministries of our office. Before Bethel, Paul held leadership roles in nonprofit management, church ministry, and chemical health counseling.

Judy Ryan

Administrative Assistant to Campus Pastor
judy-ryan@bethel.edu

Judy supports Pastor Laurel and Pastor Matt with daily activities and operations within the Campus Ministries office, assists with Chapel speaker coordination, helps coordinate various Campus Ministries events and initiatives, and provides office hospitality. Judy’s passion is pastoral care and counseling, and she feels extremely blessed to now be working alongside the campus pastors and staff as part of Bethel’s ministry. 

Kristie Mandel

Campus Ministries Intern
krm75945@bethel.edu

Kristie is a second-year Bethel Seminary student working closely with Pastor Matt to support the SMP program this year.  Missions, spiritual formation, social justice, and community development are all topics near and dear to her heart.  She is excited to see how God is at work in the Bethel community and all over the world.  Kristie counts it a privilege to serve alongside and minister to this year's group of student team leaders and SMP trip participants.