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Brethren Studies Position Filled

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Dr. Denise Kettering-Lane has been hired as full-time assistant professor of Brethren studies at Bethany Seminary, to begin July 1, 2013. Kettering-Lane has taught Brethren studies at Bethany in a part-time capacity since 2010, with the majority of her courses in online and weekend-intensive formats.

The Brethren studies position has been expanded to full-time as a result of the Seminary’s recent curriculum review. In addition to making a greater number and wider variety of Brethren studies courses possible, this change creates potential for the incorporation of a Brethren focus into new classes across the curriculum. Students who complete additional courses in Brethren studies beyond the required credits will also now be able to name it as an emphasis as part of their degree.

“I am pleased to announce this appointment of Denise,” said Ruthann Knechel Johansen, president. “The expansion of this position will strengthen our offerings in Brethren history, polity, and practices and contribute to the emphases and concentrations called for in the new curriculum being initiated this fall.”

Kettering-Lane holds a bachelor of arts from Ashland University, a master of theological studies from Emory University's Candler School of Theology, and a doctorate in religious studies from the University of Iowa. In addition to her highly regarded teaching, academic advising, and effective use of technology at Bethany over the past three years, Kettering-Lane was a teaching assistant in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Iowa. She has also been the assistant archivist at the Brethren Historical Library and Archives and an archival specialist at Nashotah House Theological Seminary.

Jeff Foster
(Certificate of Achievement in Theological Studies)

JeffFor nine years I felt the leading of God to ministry. I began my academic journey thinking that I had God all figured out. This journey began at Moody Bible Institute for several semesters, where I gleaned perspective on missions and evangelism. Because of a full-time missionary role, I suspended Moody classes to concentrate on raising support. During that time God began to speak to me about the overall disunity in our Christian church. I came to the conclusion that unity within the body of Christ is the best way to reach lost souls with greater depth. I started exploring the Anabaptist teaching and specifically the way the Church of the Brethren strives toward this vision of unity and reconciliation.