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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.

Bekah Houff
Master of Divinity

BekahWhat is ministry? In my eyes ministry is in the pulpit, in the classroom, on the streets, your job at the post office, a local restaurant, or a coffee shop anywhere God calls you to be a ministering person. For me, this year, ministry means a non-traditional (not in a congregation) placement involving lots of administrative work as I serve the South/Central Indiana District of the Church of the Brethren as District Youth Director for the next eight months.