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BGU Faculty

Randy Dirks: PhD in Intercultural Studies from Trinity International University; MDiv from Bethel Seminary; BA in Theology from Canadian Bible College; Former Pastor with the Christian Missionary Alliance; 6 years of field experience in cross-cultural missions; currently the Vice President of Advancement at Bethany International.

Ed Dudek: Dr. of Ministry/Dr. of Intercultural Studies from Bethany International University (Singapore); MA in Intercultural Studies at Bethany International University, Singapore; BA in Theology and Missions from Bethany Global University; BS in Chemistry from Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA; 18 years of field experience in cross-cultural missions in Brazil, 13 of which Ed served as Director of the Bethany Seminary and Bible Institute; 42 years of experience teaching abroad and in the USA; international speaker on the victorious Christian life based on Romans 6-8; author of Oh God, If I Could Just Be Holy.

Milta Dudek: MA in Human Relations/Counseling from Liberty University; MS in Genetics from the University of Minnesota; BS in Biology from Westminster College; 3 yr. Mother’s certificate, Bethany Global University; Field Missionary in Brazil; Member Care with Bethany International Ministries.

Steve Eliason: Doctoral candidate in Intercultural Studies with Bethany International University, Singapore; MA in Intercultural Studies from Bethany International University, Singapore; BA in Theology and Missions from Bethany Global University; BS in Missions Education from North Central University; 11 years of field experience in cross-cultural missions and church planting; Missionary Preparation Coordinator with Bethany Gateways; teaches courses on missions.

Bethany Freire: MA in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary; BS in Religion from Liberty University; worked at Teen Mania from 2006-2013 discipling women, teaching a Biblical Survey course, and working as the curriculum manager; serves as BGU’s Dean of Women.

Kenneth Freire: MDiv from Regent University; BS in Religion from Liberty University; worked at Teen Mania from 2006-2013 training men, teaching apologetics & leadership, and directing a summer camp; serves as the Dean of Work Education.

Matthew Harbour: MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University; BA from John Brown University; former Program Director, Assoc. Dir. For Curriculum Development and Faculty for the Rivendell Sanctuary Honors Program, San Diego Christian College; former Program Consultant and Faculty at Sterling Campus, Singapore; former instructor of English and Cultural Studies at the QSI International School of Ljubljana, Slovenia; served for three years as staff for YWAM (University of the Nations – Kona, HI) focusing on worldviews and discipleship, and leading cross-cultural service projects with evangelism throughout northern India; Bethany Global University faculty since 2016, teaching courses on Worldviews, EDC (Evangelism, Discipleship, and Community), Theology and Hermeneutics.

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Paul Hartford: PhD in Education (Postsecondary and Adult) from Capella University (Dissertation: Collaborative acculturation: The role of community in the process of becoming intercultural); MA in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton Graduate School (Thesis: Stages in partnership development); BA in Theology and Missions from Bethany Global University; served 9 years as Director of Bethany Global University; founding Director of Bethany School of Church Planting (Philippines); 11 years of field experience in cross-cultural missions, church planting and leadership training; currently serves as the Academic Dean and Director of Global Internship.

David Hasz: MA in Intercultural Leadership from Bethany Global University; BA in Education from Oral Roberts University; Director of Teen Mania’s Honor Academy 1996-2009, Executive Vice President Teen Mania Ministries 2009-2012; Bethany International Board of Directors 2006-2013; Executive Vice President Bethany Global University 2013- present.

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Melanie Hurlbut: MA in Religious Studies from Columbia Evangelical Seminary; BA in Comparative Literature from University of California; extensive experience within YWAM as base director who ran five schools in discipleship training, biblical studies, evangelism, and frontier missions; faculty for YWAM; discipled students, assisted them in their reading and writing development, and led administration as Program Director of the Magnum Opus Program at North Central; founding board member at Lifebridge learning centre in Penang, Malaysia serving Rohingya refugees in school; currently serves as Title IX Director and teaches courses at BGU.

John Kayser: PhD in Missiological Education from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland); MA in Missiology from Grace Theological Seminary; BA in Theology from the Prairie Bible Institute; 2 years of pastoral experience with the Evangelical Free Church (Canada); 17 years on faculty at Prairie Bible College and Seminary; 3 years at Bethany School of Missions (Singapore); 12 years of experience as an educational consultant with Bethany International and GO100; specializes in missions curriculum development and program design.

Jim Raymo: DMin (Global and Contextual Leadership) Bethel Seminary; MCS Regent College (Vancouver), BA Bethel College; 13 years with Campus Church ministries in Minneapolis and Europe involving street evangelism and discipleship, teaching and administration; 23 years with WEC International including teaching in Tasmania, Australia at WEC’s mission training school; Candidate Director and US Director; 6 years teaching at BGU and Northwestern College Roseville, MN; Director of Bethany Global University’s Center for Graduate Studies.

Dirk Reichardt

Dirk Reichardt: MS in Instructional Design and Technology from Walden University; BS in Instructional Design and Technology from Walden University; BA in Theology and Missions from Bethany Global University; TOEFL Certificate from Bridge Linguatec; 14 years of experience church planting and managing an agricultural project in the Philippines; 7 years of teaching Business English and working with Bethany interns in Batam, Indonesia; currently working as an Instructional Designer for Bethany Global University’s online internship program.

Tom Shetler

Tom Shetler: Doctoral candidate with Bethany International University in Singapore; MA in Christian Education from Winnipeg Theological Seminary; BA in Theology and Missions from Bethany Global University; BA in Physics from the University of Colorado; former Accounts Receivable Coordinator at Bethany Press International; teaches courses on Old Testament studies at BGU.

Leslie Balla

Leslie Balla: BA in Intercultural Studies from Bethany Global University; Founder and Director of Focal Truth Media serving in the U.S.A., Kenya, & Thailand; served 2 years as Media Department Supervisor at Bethany Global University; 3 years of field experience in cross-cultural missions, media missions, teaching English as a second language and leadership training for small business owners; currently serves as the Assistant to the Media Director and as a Mentor in the Discipleship program at Bethany Global University.

Jeanine Bendezu

Jeanine Bendezu: MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from Columbia International University; BA from Bethany Global University; Served three years as a professor with Handong Global University in Korea; Educator in ICS Pygongtaak Korea; Educator in Homeschool in Haiti; 6 years of field experience in cross-cultural missions; currently serving as a Teacher Assistant for Bethany Global University.

Autumn Berry: BA in Intercultural Studies and Bible and Theology from Bethany Global University with a minor in Early Childhood Development; completed a 16-month Global Internship in Chiang Mai, Thailand; served 1 year as a Ministry Intern at BGU as Assistant Enrollment Coordinator; currently serves as the Enrollment Coordinator at Bethany Global University.

Lori Beyer: BA in International Ministries from Moody Bible Institute; part-time Certificate from Bethany Global University; 6 short-term mission experiences in 3 countries; currently serving on the missions committee at Oxboro Evangelical Free Church in Bloomington, MN and as a missionary member of World Mission Prayer League, Minneapolis, MN; Director of Admissions, Bethany Global University.

Kerry Bowman

Kerry Bowman: BSc Liberal with continuations in Mathematics and Biology from Nipissing University; BEd with qualifications in Junior, Intermediate and Senior divisions from Nipissing University; 2-year Certificate in Bible and Missions form Bethany Global University; currently serves as Assistant to the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Dan Brokke

Dan Brokke: BA in Theology and Christian Education from Azusa Pacific University; BA in Cross-Cultural Studies from Bethany Global University. Served 24 years in the Christian publishing industry providing leadership for DaySpring Cards, as Sr. Vice President and COO of David C. Cook Publishing, a Christian publishing and distribution company. He has served on boards such as: Christian Booksellers Association, David C. Cook, University of the Nations-Kona, Heritage Builders Association, and Bethany International. Serves as President of VisionServe, an organizational leadership and marketing consulting firm, and as President/CEO of Bethany International and Bethany Global University.

Derek Brokke: Currently pursuing MA in New Testament with a preaching emphasis; BA in Biblical and Theological Studies from Biola University; completed a DTS with YWAM as well as their School of Biblical Studies; site Director for YouthWorks! Inc.; Assistant Director/Worship Coordinator of Revive Prayer Ministries; currently serves as Student Ministries Manager and Assistant Dean of Men at Bethany Global University.

Molly Brokke: Certificate in Bible and Missions from Bethany Global University; currently serves in the Prayer ministry department at BGU.

Abbie Calhoun: BA in Cross-Cultural Studies from Bethany Global University; served 1 year as a Student Mentor at Bethany Global University; completed a 16-month Global Internship in Kenya; served 1 year as House Parent and God Encounter Facilitator at Harvest Home Ministries; currently serves in the Prayer Ministry department at BGU.

Carol Freeman: BA in Theology and Missions from Bethany Global University; 15 years of field experience in cross-cultural missions, church planting and translation in the rural areas of the Philippines; serves as a board trustee for the Seminary by Extension for All Nations (SEAN) headquartered in London (www.seaninternational.com); currently serves as the BGU Campus Pastor.

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Tim Freeman: MA in Intercultural Leadership from Bethany Center for Global Studies; BA in Theology from Bethany Global University; served 15 years as a missionary with Bethany International Ministries as a church planting/training missionary and as Bethany’s field director for the Philippines; served from 1995 until present as the International Coordinator for GlobeServe, an association of missionary training and sending entities with works in more than 50 nations; currently serving as Bethany International’s Executive Vice President and Vice President for International Ministries.

Dan Germo: Pursuing Graduates Studies towards MBA in Strategic Leadership from Amberton University; BA in Organizational Studies from Bethel University; BA in Theology & Missions from Bethany Global University; served on staff/faculty of BGU in Bloomington for 7 years; served as missionary in Kenya from 1999 to 2014; served as Kenya Field leader for Bethany International and Africa Area Coordinator 2004 to 2014; Director of Africa Centre for Missions from 1999 – 2004; Finish the Task (Kenyan mission initiative). Currently serves as Director of Bethany International Ministries.

Jason Haché: MA in Human Services Counseling with a concentration in Marriage and Family from Liberty University; BA in Cross-Cultural Studies from Bethany Global University; University Registrar and Student Services Manager, Bethany Global University.

Aaron Harris: BA in Economics with a minor in Entrepreneurial Leadership from Tufts University; currently serves as Director of Financial Aid at BGU.

Chelsey Hoffmeister: BA from Bethany Global University in Intercultural Studies; Student Life Intern 2013-2014, Human Resources Manager for Bethany International and Executive Assistant to David Hasz 2014-current.

Jozua Jonker

Jozua Jonker: Diploma in Film and Media from Raindance Film School, UK; Diploma in Film and Media from Kings School of Media, Jerusalem, Israel; worked on several documentary projects, music videos, promotional and short film projects; currently serves as Media Director at BGU.

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Katherine Lawlor: Pursuing MS in Management and Leadership through Western Governors University; BS in Psychology (Christian Counseling) from Liberty University; previously served as an Academic Advisor for Liberty University Online (2 years); serves as the Recruitment Coordinator for Bethany Global University, Bethany Graduate Studies, and the Lead Venture program.

Hannah Levine

Hannah Levin: BA in Cross-cultural Studies from Bethany Global University; CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the University of Cambridge; 1 year of field experience in cross-cultural missions; 11 years of cross-cultural experience as a missionary kid; 5 years of experience as an administrative/teacher’s assistant; 4 years of teaching experience at elementary and middle school levels; currently serves as the Academic Advisor.

Amy Owen: BA in Intercultural Studies from Bethany Global University; served 2 years as College Outreach Coordinator at First Assembly of God in Clovis, New Mexico; served 5 years in ministry as Customer Service Coordinator at The Master’s Books and Gifts in Clovis, New Mexico; served 9 months as a Missionary Intern with Bethany International and Operation Mobilization in Sarajevo, Bosnia; served as Missionary and Global Internship Site Leader with Bethany International for 17 months in Phnom Penh, Cambodia; currently serving as Global Internship Associate Director at Bethany Global University.

Roger van Oosten: MA in Theological Studies and Church History from Bethel Theological Seminary; MS in Theological Librarianship from Western Michigan University; graduate study in New Testament and Church History from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; BA Degree in Bible and Theology from Moody Bible Institute; Reference and Internet Librarian 2004 – 2009 and Library Directory 1994 – 2005, Moody Bible Institute; Head Librarian, 1986 – 1994 and Assistant Librarian 1984 – 1986, Crown College; serves as BGU Librarian 2011-present.

Christine Ramirez: BA in Cross-Cultural Studies from Bethany Global University; Certified Prayer Minister from Singing Waters Ministries; Student Mentor at Bethany Global University; Worship Leader; currently serves in the Prayer Ministry department at BGU.

Daniel Sanchez: Digital Marketing Strategist at DanielSanchez.com; Marketing Engagement Specialist at Shoptology; Social Media Strategist at Mercury 11; Coscial Media Manager at International House of Prayer; Digital Marketing Manager at Teen Mania Ministries; Graphic Design Intern at Group Publishing; Ad Designer at Times-Call; Graphic Designer at Teen Mania Ministries; Customer Service Rep at Teen Mania Ministries; Bold Dental Website Strategy and Development; Director of Marketing at Bethany International.

Kate Sanfillipo

Kate SanFillipo: BA in Intercultural Studies and Bible and Theology with a minor in Social Justice from Bethany Global University; completed a 16-month Global Internship in Marseille, France; currently serves as a Student Life Mentor and manages the campus library.

Matt Schmitt: Pursuing MA in Intercultural Leadership with Bethany Graduate Studies; BS in Chemistry from Grand Valley State University; External Associate Chemist at Perrigo; Associate Chemist at Nestle Nutrition North America; Metals Analyst at Trace Analytical Laboratories Inc.; Graduate Teaching Assistant at Michigan Technological University; Teaching Assistant at Bethany Global University; Manufacturing Technician at Publish4All; Cook at Brookcrest Nursing Home; Dietary Aide at Brookcrest Nursing Home; currently serves as a Digital Marketing Manager for Bethany International.

Eric Simmons

Eric Simmons: Four year Christian Ministry Diploma in House of Prayer Leadership from International House of Prayer University; served two years as the Youth Department Worship Director at Hillsong Phoenix; served four years as an intercessory missionary and worship leader at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City; currently serves as the Director of the Furnace Prayer Room and the Prayer and Worship Coordinator at Bethany Global University.

Jasmine Swope: BA in Intercultural Studies from Bethany Global University; served for 9 months as a missionary and Intern with Bethany International and Ministries to unreached peoples in India; served for 2 years a Mentor and then for 1 year as Mentoring Coordinator at Bethany Global University; currently serving as a missionary and Global Internship Field leader for Bethany International in Thailand.

Elisabeth Wilson: Pursuing Doctoral studies in Strategic Leadership; MA in Intercultural Leadership through Bethany Graduate Studies; BA in Cross-Cultural Studies, Bethany Global University  Certificate in Biblical Studies from Ecola Bible School; served 2 years as a Mentor and 4 years as the Mentoring Coordinator at Bethany Global University.

Amay Zaffke

Amy Zaffke: BA in Ministry with a concentration in Intercultural Studies and a minor in Psychology and Bible from Northwestern University of St. Paul; Program Director for ACR HOMES; Site-Assistant Director for Next Step Ministries; currently serves as Activities Coordinator for BGU.

Ranae Caneday: BA in English as a Second Language Education with a minor in Cross-Cultural Studies from Northwestern College; MA in Linguistics: Emphasis in Literacy and Hmong Production of Second Language Learners of English from the University of North Dakota; currently works as a Certified Examiner for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and as an adjunct professor in Teaching English as a Foreign Language at North Central University and in Intercultural Studies and Languages at Northwestern College.

Rebecca Dirks: MA in Counseling/Psychology from Trinity International University; BA of Religious Education from Ambrose University College; Adjunct Faculty member of Rasmussen College and Crown College; Program Director of Miracles of Mitch Foundation; General Manager of Bouari Clinic of Minnesota; Psychotherapist at Northland Counseling Services; Director of Counseling Services at Crown College; teaches Early Childhood Education/Montessori courses for BGU.

Doug Goodmundson: BA in Economics with emphasis in Finance from Saint Olaf College;  Investment Advisor for 7 years prior to coming on staff at Bethany International in 2014, teaching stewardship workshops and financial planning seminars; designed Bethany International’s online program for Partnership Development in 2014 which is used at Bethany International and other ministries around the United States; currently serving on leadership at Bethany Church; currently serving as Director of Development in Advancement and Director of Partnership Development for missionaries at Bethany Gateways.

Ryan Hammet: MA of Business Administration [Marketing] from Ozyegin University (Turkey); BS in Civil Engineering from Louisiana Tech University; experience includes strategic planning, creative problem solving, team leadership, effective communication, marketing, and project management for various businesses; spent four years serving with a non-profit (IMB) in Turkey developing faith-based programs; served as a project engineer, as well as on a business improvement team creating strategies for the company’s goals; certified in project management, marketing strategy simulation, project management profession, and is a licensed professional engineer—civil; currently works for C.H. Robinson as a project manager; teaches business courses for BGU.

Patrick Kahnke: MDiv from Bethel Seminary; BA in Organizational Studies from Bethel College; Senior pastor and founder of St. Paul Fellowship in St. Paul from 2002 to present; Worship and Outreach Pastor with Hope Community Church, after 5 years of volunteering and serving as part-time staff; currently teaches Practical Theology for BGU.

Marlene Lee: MA in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Thomas; BA in Music Education from MacPhail College of Music; BA in Applied Piano from MacPhail College of Music; Faculty Instructor at University of Northwestern and Bethel University; Music and Family Education Director at Hand in Hand Christian Montessori School; teaches Montessori courses at BGU.

Mike Neterer: MA in Organizational Management from Concordia University; BA in Cross-Cultural Studies from Bethany Global University; graduate-level coursework in Literacy Program Planning, Linguistics, and Second Language Acquisition; develops and expands Somali Adult Literacy Training, a language and literacy outreach of Arrive Ministries Minnesota which serves local churches and the Somali community by connecting English-speaking volunteers in friendship and service to Somali refugees; teaches a course on working with refugees.

Kurtis Smith: MA in Practical Theology from Concordia Seminary; BA in Philosophy and Communications from Concordia University; certificate in Multi-Cultural Counseling; currently Director of Community Outreach for LINC-Twin Cities/Trinity First; served as a missionary in Peru for 4 years through World Mission Prayer League; trainer for 10 World Relief “Disaster Response Workshops”; a part of team leadership for African Immigrant relocation; featured speaker for national conference on human rights; active member for Board of Directors for Northshore Disaster Recovery, Inc.

Paul Strand: MA in Missiology from Fuller School of World Missions; BS from the University of Minnesota; Diploma in Bible and Missions from Bethany Global University; 15 years of field experience in Indonesia in cross-cultural missions; served 7 years as President of Bethany International; 32 years of experience teaching in the US and abroad; faculty member at Bethany International University, Singapore; adjunct faculty member at Ethiopia Kale Hewat School of Missions, Africa Center for Missions, Kenya, Nigeria Evangelical Missions Institute and Missionary Training Partners Int’l, Nigeria; currently serves on the board at the U.S. Center for World Missions.

Michelle Thompson: MA in Education/Instructional Leadership with a Montessori Concentration from Argosy University; Montessori Theory Certificate from Montessori Center International; BA in Elementary Education and Business from Bethel University; co-owner and Teacher at KinderStudio of Musik; Executive Director and Dean of Hand in Hand Christian Montessori.

Rachel Uthmann: MA in History with a focus on immigration studies from Washington State University; BS in Theology and Historical Studies from Multnomah University; 10 years of cross-cultural field experience particularly working with refugees; Director of Church Training with International Association for Refugees; teaches an elective course on Welcoming the Stranger.