Dennis Engbrecht, Ph.D., shares about writing Bethel’s first history: “With Christ at the Helm: The Story of Bethel College.”
As the retired CEO of Dicor Corporation, Gary Adamson has had many opportunities to support various nonprofit organizations over the years. He and his partners built Dicor from less than 10 employees in 1983 to more than 130 employees operating four facilities — Dicor Products, United Shade, Vixen Composites and Seal Design. The success of his business has made it possible for him to give back in ways that naturally fit the areas he and his wife, Connie, value most in life.
Voices from each of the past seven decades reflect on Bethel’s impact.
The 1980s were a trying time for Bethel College – perhaps the most difficult time in the college’s history – with consistently low enrollment numbers. But according to alumnus Courtney Richards ’87, the development of mentoring programs was key to turning the college around.
“Personal, hands-on mentoring has been the most transformative thing from 1987 to now,” he says.
Alumna Heather Gilbert ’02 advocates for civil rights as the only attorney in Minnesota who is also a court-certified sign language interpreter.
Bethel-educated nurses Anita Thiessen ’09 and Elizabeth LeFeber ’10 have a shared passion and calling. Both felt led to serve in Africa early in their lives. Both pursued nursing as a career at Bethel College. And earlier this year, both volunteered to work on the Africa Mercy, a 78-bed floating surgical hospital, then docked in Madagascar.
Surgical nurse Anita Thiessen ’09 has volunteered for three mission trips with Mercy Ships, a nonprofit organization that provides free, lifesaving surgeries to the world’s poor on a hospital ship.
Alumnus Randy Lehman ’82, and his wife, Deb, share why they give back to Bethel College.
Assistant Professor Sheri Campeau runs Bethel’s unique 3/2 engineering program with 20 years of industry experience at GM.