Joel Dendiu ’07 recently opened his own law practice in Mishawaka, Ind., called Mishawaka Law. Dendiu specializes in personal legal issues, primarily related to family law (such as divorces, guardianships, adoptions). He also handles estate planning and probate, bankruptcy, real estate transactions and general litigation. He strives not only to be a good attorney but also a good listener, serving his clients to the best of his ability.
When Shelby Glantz ’15 first heard about an opportunity to teach art classes for students at the Center for the Homeless in South Bend, she was immediately intrigued. This would be a way to use her passion to meet a need in the community.
When Jenny (Dyer) McGee ’99 graduated with a degree in literature and language, she never imagined that, one day, she’d be running an international business.
She set out to do mission work in East Asia and had a heart for women who were victims of trafficking. McGee envisioned Bible studies and one-on-one ministry with these women but soon discovered they could not build a new life without something extremely practical – a new way to earn a living.
During the spring semester, about 50 sixth graders from Brown Intermediate School in South Bend visited Bethel College for College for a Day. Bethel has been doing this for two years now, as part of the Diversity in the Classroom course. The day is designed to give middle school students, who may not even be thinking about going to college, a taste of college life.
When Cory Martin ’00 walked across the stage at graduation, he certainly didn’t expect that God would lead him to pursue jail ministry. He had just earned his bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and planned to become a youth pastor.
A survivor of domestic slavery, Shanti Lama ’15 once thought obtaining a college degree was impossible. Now, she’s is taking what she’s learned to empower people in her home country.
Joel Runyon ’09 aims to build seven schools through running seven ultra-marathons on seven continents.
Noah Buchholz, M.Div., assistant professor of American Sign Language, dreams of someday starting a seminary for the Deaf.
Women’s Golf Coach Chris Hess ’93 is known for his belief that “every day is a gift.”
During the summer of 2012, Hess was diagnosed with basal cell melanoma. He underwent surgery and was told he was cancer-free. However, in the summer of 2014, Hess discovered the same type of spot, further inside his ear. After some tests, it was discovered that the cancer had returned and that it had spread from its original location. He had surgery in August 2014, just before students returned to school for the year.
When Toni Steffensen Pauls, Ph.D., and her son were involved in a life-threatening car accident on Oct. 3, 2001, the doctors said she wouldn’t live. Her left leg was crushed and she had several other broken bones and internal injuries.
“When they put me on the life flight to the hospital in Fort Wayne, they notified the hospital to expect the patient dead on arrival,” says Pauls.