BGU Faculty & Staff

The faculty and staff of Bethany Global University have significant missions experience in addition to their credentials and are passionate about helping you discover your role in missions.

Ed Dudek: DIS, Doctor 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; teaches courses in Bible and Theology.

Tony Foster

Tony Foster: PhD in Intercultural Studies from Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary, Penang Malaysia; MA in Intercultural Ministry from Assembly of God Theological Seminary, Springfield MO; BA of Theology from Word of Truth Seminary, Huntsville AL; 15 years of missionary field experience in Russia and Southeast Asia; served as President of Gulf States Bible College from 1997-2001 and more recently headed up the E5 Project in Southeast Asia which combined business initiatives with church planting movements as a regional director with the Surge Project; currently gives oversight to the Transformational Entrepreneurship program at BGU; teaches courses in Entrepreneurship.

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; currently serves as the Dean of Work Education and Director of Enrollment; teaches various electives.

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; Bethany Global University Registrar from 2007 – 2018; currently serves as the Dean of Academic Operations; teaches a course on Student Success.

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; teaches courses in Humanities, Missions and Theology.

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 a training consultant; teaches courses in Ethnography, Missions and Christian Ministry.

David Hasz: Currently pursuing a DSL, Doctorate of Strategic Leadership, from Faith International University; MA in Intercultural Leadership from Bethany Graduate Studies; BA in Elementary Education from Oral Roberts University; Executive Vice President, Director of Teen Mania’s Honor Academy 1996- 2009; Bethany International board of directors 2006–2013; President of Bethany Global University; teaches courses in Leadership.

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Melanie Hurlbut: MA in Religious Studies from Columbia Evangelical Seminary; currently pursing a MA in Biblical/Theological Studies from Western 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 Deputy; teaches courses in Missions, Bible and Theology.

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Kenneth Ortiz

Kenneth Ortiz: M.Div. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; B.A. in Biblical Studies from Spurgeon College; Director of Communications and Connections at Cities Church in St. Paul, MN; 15 years of pastoral ministry experience; published author; popular blogger and podcaster; successful entrepreneur; serves as the Director of Online Education, teaches courses in Bible, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

Tom Shetler

Tom Shetler: PhD in Intercultural Studies from Bethany International University, 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 in History, Humanities and Bible.

Elisabeth Wilson

Elisabeth Wilson: DSL in Strategic Leadership from Faith International University; MA in Intercultural Leadership from Bethany Global University; BA in Cross-Cultural Studies from Bethany Global University; Certificate in Biblical Studies from Ecola Bible School; served 8 years in various Student Life roles at Bethany Global University; currently serves as the Director of Graduate Studies; teaches courses in Leadership and Spiritual Development.

Myra Arnold

Myra Arnold: MA in Montessori Early Childhood from the University of St Catherine, St. Paul, MN; Certificate of Montessori Early Childhood from the University of St Catherine; BA in Natural History from the University of MN; Faculty since 2001 at Hand in Hand Christian Montessori and current Children’s House Lead Teacher; Catechesis of the Good Shepherd certified National Teacher Trainer; Program Director of Christian Montessori Training at BGU; teaches courses in Education.

Jessica Borchardt

Jessica Borchardt: MA in Education from Hamline University, BA in Spanish with a minor in Education from Hamline University; has been a consultant for Lindamood-Bell Learning Process with students with difficulties in language and cognitive deficits; taught English and Spanish at South Heights Christian Classes; taught Spanish at Bancroft Elementary, Concordia Language Villages, Trio Upward Bound, Metcalf Junior High & Burnsville High School, and Saint Bernards; served at El Hogar de Niño’s Emanuel Children’s Home in San Pedro Sula, Honduras; received 3M Teacher’s Activity Contest Grand Prize Winner and a Presidential Scholar at Hamline University; teaches Language courses.

Christine Bredemus

Christine Bredemus: BS in Elementary Education from Iowa State University; Montessori Elementary credential from Center for Montessori Teacher Education in New York; Campus Director and Lead Elementary teacher at Hand in Hand Christian Montessori which serves as a lab school for BGU and CMTC students; teaches courses in Education.

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; teaches courses in Graduate Studies.

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 in Missions.

Jolene Erlacher

Jolene Erlacher: EdD in Leadership, MA in English, and Graduate Certificate in International Leadership from the University of St. Thomas; BA in Elementary Education from North Central University; certified IPSAT (Identity Profile Self Awareness Tool) Leadership Coach; certified Church Consultant; speaker and consultant at Leading Tomorrow; author of Millennials in Ministry and Daniel Generation: Godly Leadership in an Ungodly Culture; teaches courses in Graduate Studies.

Mark Hamilton

Mark Hamilton: PhD in Humanities from Florida State University; M.A. and B.A. in English from Florida State University; 1 year of cross-cultural work in Saudi Arabia and 2 years in Bahrain; 12 years of full time English teaching at Liberty University and Shorter University; 4 summers of teaching college classes on board Navy ships; teaches courses in Graduate Studies.

Ryan Hammett

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 courses in Entrepreneurship.

Dale Hutchcraft

Dale Hutchcraft: Ph.D. in Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship from Regent University; MA in Church Leadership from Crown College; Graduate Studies in Theology and Pastoral Ministry at Dallas Seminary and Bethel Seminary; BA in Pastoral Ministry from Northwestern College; member of the faculty/administration or the University of Northwestern in various roles since 2004; Strategic Intentional Interim Pastor/Church Health Consultant since 1999; over 20 years of experience as a senior pastor; teaches courses in Graduate Studies.

John Kayser

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; teaches courses in Graduate Studies

Rachel Larson

Rachel Larson: MA in English as a Second Language from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; BA in Elementary Education and Cross-Cultural Communication from North Central University; taught in elementary school for 4 years, and has been teaching ESL to adults from all over the world since 2004; currently working her way through teaching all grade levels while she homeschools her two children; teaches courses in Language.

Jason Lee

Jason Lee: Ed.M. (Master of Education) from Harvard University Graduate School of Education; BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University; change management consultant at Accenture; former owner and CEO of a multi-unit franchising business of an international F&B brand in Korea; Board of Directors member of Modine Onegene Corporation, Korea; Director of International  Programs at Hand In Hand Christian Montessori; Director of Planning at Christian Montessori Training Center (BGU); teaches a course in Entrepreneurship.

Marlene Lee

Marlene Lee: MA in Education from the University of St. Thomas; Montessori Certificate in Early Childhood, from the Montessori Centre International, London, England; 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 courses in Education.

James (Jim) Levin

Jim Levin: MA in Intercultural Leadership from Bethany Global University; BA in Intercultural Studies from Bethany Global University; Ordination through Bethany Missionary Church; more than 25 years’ experience of setup, planning, training, leading, and debriefing Short-Term Mission teams in several US states and 15 nations; more than 10 years responsible for set up and maintaining international partnerships for Short-Term Mission teams; particular bent towards worship, prayer, and care for frontline missionaries; teaches a course in Christian Ministry.

Randy Mitchell

Randy Mitchell: Doctorate of Ministry from the School of Bible Theology Seminary and University, San Jacinto, California; B.S. in Marketing from Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma; original signatory of the Toyko Declaration in 2010 and serves on the leadership of the Global Great Commission Network; assisted with launching the Global Mobilization Network and currently serves on the leadership team; more than 30 years of experience in pastoral and missionary service; has worked to train leaders and mobilize and equip for missions in over 60 nations; currently serves as the International Director of One World Missions; teaches courses in Graduate Studies.

Garry Morgan

Garry Morgan: D. Missiology, M. Div. from Western Seminary; BA in History from Seattle Pacific University; 18 years missionary service with World Venture and Mission: Moving Mountains; 17 years Professor of Intercultural Studies at University of Northwestern, St. Paul; 5 years Director of Global Initiatives, University of Northwestern, St. Paul, overseeing study abroad, curriculum
internationalization, international partnerships, faculty and student international exchanges; author of Understanding World Religions in Fifteen Minutes a Day, published by Bethany House; teaches courses in Graduate Studies.

Mike Neterer

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 courses in Social Justice and TEFL.

Lauren Peffley

Lauren Peffley: MSW from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis with an individualized concentration in Advocacy and Empowerment for Survivors of Sexual Exploitation; Certificate for Violence and Injury Prevention from Washington University in St. Louis; Bachelor of Arts in History from Bethel University; 14 years of anti-trafficking advocacy – in various countries, several US states, and currently as an Anti-Trafficking Social Worker and researcher in St. Louis, Missouri; teaches course on Responding to Human Trafficking.

Jim Raymo: DMin (Global Leadership) Bethel University; MA 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; teaches courses in Humanities as well as Graduate Studies.

Sharon Reichardt

Sharon Reichardt: MS in Early Childhood Studies with an emphasis in Teaching Adults in Early Childhood Education from Walden University; BS in Child Development with a concentration in Administration and Management from Walden University; BA in Ministry from Bethany School of Church Planting, Philippines; Intercultural Studies Certificate from Great Commission Missionary Center, Antipolo Philippines; Montessori Instruction Certificate from Bethany College of Missions; 19 years of experience in Church Planting in the Philippines and a few years of teaching in a Bible School; 7 years of serving Global Internships internationally; 6 years of teaching in a Montessori  classroom setting; teaches a course in Social Justice.

Betsy Saine

Betsy Saine: MA in Literacy Education from Hamline University; BA in English Education from North Dakota State University; 8 years teaching English and Reading courses at the middle school level; 4 years of adjunct experience in the fields of Education and English Composition; teaches a course in English Composition.

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Seiglinde Schnellbacher: Degree in Early Childhood Education from Fachoberschule für Sozialwesen, Bad Kreuznach, Germany; Montessori Certification for ages 3-6+ from AMI Training Center, St. Louis, MO; 30 years as head and lead teacher of Christian Montessori School; 10 years as Montessori Teacher Trainer at Missouri Montessori Training Center, St. Louis, MO; leader of Montessori Teacher Refresher Courses in US, Korea, and China; opened new YWAM Christian Montessori Training Center in Lausanne, Switzerland (prepared the classroom, wrote the manuals, taught all of courses, and supervised the trainees all the way through the certification process); funded and facilitated Christian Montessori Teacher training at YWAM in Piratininga, Brazil; created Montessori Refresher Course and other teacher education materials; teaches courses in Education.

Kurtis Smith: Fellow of the International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism, and Human Rights—Strasbourg, France; MA in Practical Theology/Missiology from Concordia Seminary—St. Louis; BA Dble. Mjr. in Philosophy and Communications from Concordia University—Chicago; certified in various fields including Christian Outreach, Multi-Cultural Counseling, Critical Incident Stress Management, and FEMA’s National Incident Command System; worked in a number of local ministries, national organizations, and international mission agencies; currently serving as the Ministry Partners Officer with Bethany International’s Advancement Department and teaching “Seeking Justice in God’s Mission.”

Craig Spofford

Craig Spofford: M.Div. in Biblical Studies and Leadership with a focus in Spiritual Development from Bethel University; BA in Religious Education from Howard Payne University; 13 years of experience in pastoral ministry, pastoral care and ministry to people with disabilities; 30 years of experience working with people with special needs in residential, vocational and ministry roles; teaches a course in Social Justice.

Nita Steiner

Nita Steiner: BA in Theology and Missions from Bethany Global University; 22 years of field experience in cross-cultural missions followed by 15 years of training/discipling young adults as instructor in BGU and as a Vice President in Bethany International, leading the prayer ministry; mentors and gives spiritual direction to young adults especially in areas of spiritual growth and how following Jesus leads us to involvement in societal issues; teaches courses in Spiritual Development.

Paul Strand

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; teaches  courses in Intercultural Studies.

Michelle Thompson: MA in Education/Instructural Leadership with a Montessori Concentration from Argosy University; Montessori Theory Certificate from keMontessori 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; teaches courses in Education.

Rich Tolosi

Rich Tolosi: MA in Cross-cultural Studies from Crown College; Graduate Diploma in TESOL from Tabor College, Australia; Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) from Cambridge University; BA in Cross-cultural Studies from Bethany Global University; AA in General Education from Florida State College; 14 years of cross-cultural ministry and teaching experience; 11 years of missions training and mobilization with BGU; teaches TEFL courses.

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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 courses in Social Justice.

Shedd Waskosky

Shedd Waskosky: MA in Linguistics with a focus on Second Language Acquisition (SLA) from the University of North Dakota; BA in Spanish and Secondary Education from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN; 33 years of cross-cultural field experience including working with native speakers to translate the New Testament into Salasaka Kichwa, dedication of which was held in March 2018 in Ecuador; serves 2- 3 times a year in Scripture Engagement with the Salasaka people; taught Learner-Directed SLA 17 summers at the SIL-UND program; teaches Language courses.

Stephanie Wehman

Stephanie Wehman: MA in Education with a Montessori Concentration from St. Catherine University; AMS Elementary Montessori Certification from the Center for Contemporary Montessori; BA in Elementary Education from St. Cloud State University; Head of School at La Crescent Montessori & STEM School; Montessori Student Teacher Supervisor for the University of Wisconsin-River Falls; teaches courses in Education.

Leah Wells

Leah Wells: MPH in Global Health from Saint Catherine University; BA in Organizational Leadership from Bethel University; BA in Cross-Cultural Studies from Bethany Global University; Served on a humanitarian aid project in Liberia aimed at improving food security, developing farm to market infrastructure and improving dietary diversity within the local diet; BGU Food Services Manager for 7
years; SNA Certified Nutrition Professional; teaches a course in Social Sciences.

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: 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.

La'Tia Coleman

La’Tia Coleman: Pursuing MA in Intercultural Ministry Leadership with Bethany Global University; BA in Communications from Thomas Edison State University; currently serves as Director of LEAD/Executive Assistant to VP and Provost of BGU.

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; currently serves as BGU’s Dean of Women.

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, designed Bethany’s program for Partnership Development, served as Director of Finance and Home Office for Bethany Gateways; currently serving on leadership at Bethany Church; currently serving as Director of Finance for Bethany Gateways and Director of Global Internship for Bethany Global University.

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 Registrar and Academic Advisor.

Amanda Reed

Amanda LeVahn: currently serves in the Finance Office as Student Accounts Coordinator.

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.

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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.

Roger Van Oosten

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.

Amay Zaffke

Amy Zaffke: BA in Ministry with a concentration in Intercultural Studies and a minor in Psychology and Bible; Program Director for ACR HOMES; Senior Ticket Office Agent for Northwestern college; SiteAssistant Director for Next Step Ministries; currently serves as the Director of Student Life.