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Eight master of divinity degrees will be conferred at Bethany's 109th commencement on May 10. Christopher Bowman, pastor of Oakton Church of the Brethren in Vienna, Virginia, will be the commencement speaker. Commencement and the senior worship will be webcast.

The inauguration of Bethany Seminary’s tenth president was the central event of the spring 2014 board meeting. The board also devoted time to discussing issues pertaining to the operation of a seminary like Bethany in today’s social and cultural climate.

Stole and tableBethany Seminary has named Courtney Hess as project director for the grant of $249,954 received as part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Theological School Initiative to Address Economic Issues Facing Future Ministers. Hess began his duties on April 1, 2014.

Jeff CarterJeff Carter was inaugurated as Bethany's president on March 29. View the recording!

The three top essays of the 2014 Bethany Peace Essay Contest have been announced by Bethany Seminary. Out of thirty-two entries submitted, the following placed first, second, and third, respectively, and received prizes of $2000, $1000, and $500.

Malinda Berry, assistant professor of theological studies and director of the MA program at Bethany Seminary, has announced that she is taking the position of assistant professor of theology and ethics at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in Elkhart, Indiana, effective July 1, 2014. As an active presence in Mennonite Church USA and a graduate of AMBS, Berry has an opportunity to contribute to her home denomination in this new position.

Carrie EicklerCarrie Eikler has been named the new half-time coordinator of the TRIM and EFSM Ministry Training Programs at the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership. She will begin her duties on February 1, 2014. The Brethren Academy is a ministry training partnership of the Church of the Brethren and Bethany Theological Seminary.

“Living Love Feast” was the theme of the sixth Presidential Forum held at Bethany, featuring Shane Claiborne, Ruth Anne Reese, Janet Walton, and Ted Swartz. Forum guests reflected on ways of experiencing love feast.

Students in classBethany Seminary is seeking a part-time project director with education and experience in financial planning and program implementation to fulfill the aims of a grant received from Lilly Endowment Inc. This appointment will be renewed annually for up to three years.

DiverNext summer has a special event in store for jr. high students: Immerse! will bring youth who have completed seventh, eighth, and ninth grades together to share questions, experiences, and ideas about faith, all within a community of friendship and support. Sponsored by the Institute for Ministry with Youth and Young Adults at Bethany Seminary, Immerse!


Brandon Hanks
(Master of Divinity)

BrandonI find great comfort in knowing that the gifts of God are irrevocable--that God is faithful even if we are faithless. My faith journey begins with the Church of the Brethren. I was raised in the church by my family going to Sunday school and attending worship each week. But as a teenager I found myself struggling in my understanding of the word of God. I wanted to own my faith. I wanted it to be a real and genuine confession, not one merely adopted through my family's tradition. It was during that time of exploration that God revealed my calling as a minister in God's church.