BGU Faculty

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/Bethany Press.

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: Candidate for Doctorate in Ministry, 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; 35 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/Counselling from Liberty University; MS in Genetics from the University of Minnesota; BS in Biology from Westminster College; 3 yr. Mather’s certificate, Bethany Global University. Field Missionary in Brazil; Member Care with Bethany International Ministries.

Steve Eliason: 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; assistant to the Director of Bethany International Ministries; teaches courses on Cross-Cultural Communications, Cross-Cultural Evangelism, Church History and Discipleship.

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.

Matthew Harbour: MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University; BA in English/Education from John Brown University; served as faculty and program consultant for the Advanced Diploma in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Sterling Campus (Singapore, 2014-2016); served as Associate Director of Curriculum Development, Faculty and Program Director for the Rivendell Sanctuary Honors program, San Diego Christian College (2010-2014); Staff at University of the Nations (YWAM), Kona, Hawaii (2002-2005); Instructor of secondary English and Cultural Studies, QSI International School of Ljubljana (Slovenia, 2005-2008); significant cross-cultural missions/ministry experience in South Africa, Mozambique, northern India, and in the city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands; BGU faculty member since 2016.

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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 Center for 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; Vice President of Leadership Development and Discipleship and Director of Educations Programs and Operations, Bethany Global University 2013-present.

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.

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.

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.

Tom Shetler: Candidate for PhD, 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; presently a faculty member of the Bethany Center for Global Studies teaching in the online Master’s degree program for Cross-Cultural Leadership.

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.

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.

Derek Brokke: 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 at Bethany Global University.

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.

Tim Freeman: MA in Intercultural Leadership from Bethany Center for Global Studies; BA inTheology 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 inTheology & 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.

Doug Goodmundson: BS in Economics and Finances from St. Olaf College; worked 2 years as a Financial Representative at Northwestern Mutual Life; 2 years Associate Financial Advisor at Ameriprise Financial Services; self-owned and operated The Storehouse Plan financial advising for 1 year; Licensed Advisor Assistant at Preferred Resource Group from 2012-present; Financial Coach to Missionaries under Rob Parker’s Partner Development training curriculum 2012-present.

Jason Haché: Pursuing a MA in Human Services 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.

Sarah Halberg: BA in Intercultural Studies from Bethany Global University; served as Administrative Assistant for Bethany International; involvement in production and publication of videos and photos as Media Specialist; nanny/child care worker for various families for 3 years; volunteer and humanitarian work for several fundraisers and outreaches; currently serves as the BGU Global Internship Site Leader in France.

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

Corey Hicks: BA from Bethany Global University in Intercultural Studies; currently serving with Bethany International Ministries as a missionary in conjunction with Bethany Global University as a Global Internship Site Leader in Southeast Asia.

Jill Hicks: BA from Bethany Global University in Intercultural Studies; currently serving with Bethany International Ministries as a missionary in conjunction with Bethany Global University as a Global Internship Site Leader in Southeast Asia.

Katie Iacarella: BA from Bethany Global University in Intercultural Studies; currently serving with Bethany International Ministries as a missionary in conjunction with Bethany Global University as a Global Internship Site Leader in Southeast Asia.

Katherine Lawlor: BS in Psychology, Liberty University. Serves as the Admissions Coordinator for Bethany Global University, Bethany Graduate Studies, and the LEAD internship. Assists with applications, campus tours, and the Campus Preview Weekend; PT supervisor within the work college.

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.

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.

Kayla Stolk: BA in Intercultural Studies from Bethany Global University; Served under Lighthouse in Action in Chiang Mai, Thailand teaching ESL to university students and serving in a coffee shop for 11 months; Health Care Aide for Good Samaritans Society from August 2013-December 2013; BGU Global Internship Site Leader in Thailand.

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: 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.

Jason Witt: Currently enrolled in the MA program in Intercultural Leadership, Bethany Center for Graduate Studies; BA in Cross Cultural Communications Bethany Global University; served 3 years as a Bible teacher with Tucker Swamp Baptist Church in Zuni, Virginia; served in Kenya with Bethany International Ministries from 2008 to present; currently the Team Leader in Garissa, Kenya for BIM; currently the Kenya Global Internship Coordinator.

Matt Schmitt: BS in Chemistry from Grand Valley State University; LEAD Intern; Teacher’s Aid at Bethany Global University; Student Life Advisor at Bethany Global University; Certified Customer Value Optimization and Customer Acquisition Specialist from DigitalMarketer; Digital Marketing Manager for Bethany International.

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 cogitative 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.

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.

Brett Cushing: MDiv from Bethel Theological Seminary; MA in Counseling and Psychology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; BS in Philosophy from University of Wisconsin; served 3 years as Associate Pastor of Bethel Baptist Church; 5 years as a Youth Minister at The Village Presbyterian Church; 4 years as Family Life Pastor at Grace Reformed Church; 1 year as Senior Pastor at Celebration Life Reformed Church; Senior Pastor at CrossPoint Evangelical Free Church from 2005-present.

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 Montessori courses for BGU.

Edelweiss Harrison: MA in International Business from University of Auckland; postgraduate Diploma in International Business from University of Auckland; BS in Languages from Georgetown University; President and co-founder of RPHealth; Strategy Advisor for Capstone Strategic as well as a variety of positions as a Consultant, Advisor, Analyst, and Account Manager; teaches business courses for BGU.

Kay Hudgins: MSN Vanderbilt University; BS Psychology David Lipscomb University; AA Martin Methodist College; YWAM Schools: Discipleship Training School, School Of Evangelism, School Of Intercession, Worship & Spiritual Warfare, School Jewish Studies, Leadership Training School, Leadership Development Course; served as YWAM Discipleship Training School Leader, Outreach Leader for School of Jewish Studies, Discipleship Training School & School of Intercession Worship & Spiritual Warfare; extensive ministry in Israel, Honduras, Brazil, Barbados, Tonga, New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Scotland, Cyprus, Canada, Hungary, Ukraine, India and throughout the USA; for the past 12 years has served as Director, YWAM Jewish-World Office and School of Jewish Studies.

Rick Kronk: PhD (in progress) in Religious Studies and Missiology from the Evangelical Theological Faculty (Belgium); MA in Theology and Cross Cultural Ministry/Church Planting from Dallas Theological Seminary; BS in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University; Mission Personnel Administration; Missions Organizational Administration; Cross-Cultural Teaching; Missionary Training; Church Education; Preaching; France/Maghreb Focus Group Director.

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; Piano Instructor.

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.

Bruce Pinke: MTH in Islamics from Luther Seminary; MA in Ministry from Moody Graduate School. BA/Bachelor of Sacred Literature from Central Washington Bible College; served 9 years as pastor and teacher, Community Country Church of Holdingford, MN and Outlook Church of the Brethren, Outlook, WA; served as Missionary with WEC international for 23 years in Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire; served as Deputy Field leader for WEC West Arica; currently serving as a Church Planting Coach and Assistant to the WEC Africa Regional Director; teaches world religions at BGU.

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.

Nita Steiner: BA in Theology and Missions from Bethany Global University; 22 years of field experience in cross-cultural missions.

Rich Stevenson: MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary; BA from Asbury College; currently serves as Executive Director for The Malachi Network in Kansas City, MO; founding Pastor/Senior Pastor for The Great Commission Fellowship for 11 years; has preached nationally and internationally in over 16 countries.

Michelle Thompson: MA in Education/Instructural 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.

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