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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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David Hasz: EVP, provost, and faculty of Bethany Global University. Currently pursuing a doctorate in Strategic Leadership from Faith Int. Seminary holds an MA in Intercultural Leadership from Bethany Global University and a 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;

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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.

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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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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.

Tim freeman

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dan Sanchez: Currently serving as the Marketing Director for Bethany International and teaches as an administrative faculty member for Bethany Global University. He holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and BS in Marketing Management from Western Governors University. Dan has two years of marketing agency experience and eight years of experience marketing nonprofits. He currently publishes articles on nonprofit marketing and media at growthguide.co.

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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.

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: M.A. in Education from the University of St.Thomas; BA in Music Education from MacPhail College of Music; BA in Applied Piano from MacPhail College of Music; Montessori Certificate in Early Childhood, from the Montessori Centre International, London, England; 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.

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.

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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 an elective course on Welcoming the Stranger.

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