The Diversity and Inclusion Committee host a panel discussion on love and justice.
For over two decades, Tony Natali has served in the Athletic Department at Bethel University. His past roles have included Head Men’s and Women’s Track Coach, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach, and Assistant Athletic Director. Currently Tony serves as Bethel’s Athletic Director, a role years in the making and one that Tony loves and excels in. He oversees 24 sports teams, a team of coaches and hundreds of students.
As a National Championship winning coach multiple times, Tony strives for excellence in all he does and brings out the best in those around him. However, Tony is quick to admit that winning in life is far more important than earning a National Championship ring or banner; this drives him to be a mentor and coach to students off the track, field or court.
Tony was inducted into the NCCAA Hall of Fame in 2018 and has been recognized for his many achievements in our league, regionally and nationally.
Tony and his wife, Andrea, have been married for 35 years, and they have two adult children.
Dr. Chenoweth delivers his traditional end of the fall semester message to students.
John lives to connect with people and help them live out God’s best for their lives. After receiving a bachelors in Education and a masters in Biblical studies, John went to serve as a missionary in Uganda and South Sudan before returned to the U.S. to pastor churches in Louisville and Chicago. He currently serves as the VP of Mobilization and Communication for World Gospel Mission. John is passionate about creating disciple-making movements and seeing lives transformed by the Gospel. John is married to his wife Erica and they have 3 children. When he is not strategizing and engaging with the next generation, you can find him on the volleyball court or watching his children play football and basketball.
Keith Koteskey is Assistant Professor of Christian Ministries at Bethel. Prior to coming to Bethel, he served in pastoral ministry for twenty-one years. During his tenure in ministry, Keith has served a wide variety of congregations – serving at larger, established churches and planting two new churches in Indiana. He brings that experience to the classroom in courses that address ministry practices – preaching, pastoral care, church leadership, evangelism and discipleship. In addition to teaching, Keith consistently mentors ministry students, and supervises internships. Keith does announcing for the Bethel women’s volleyball and basketball teams, and he and his wife LeAnn also regularly host student groups and classes in their home for dinner and fellowship. Keith is currently working on his Doctor of Ministry degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. He likes kayaking, hiking, running, coffee, chocolate, donuts and chasing tornadoes.
Suze Fair wears a lot of hats. She has worked in higher education, the marketplace, and the church. As a pastor, she is passionate about making sure the Good News of Jesus is always being shared. Currently, Suze is the Chief Culture Officer at a community bank in Northern Indiana. She also enjoys writing & speaking about the journey of faith the Lord has invited her on. Married for over 30 years to her husband Kelly, they are the parents of 3 adult children. Suze, who is involved in her community, tries daily to figure out how to be a good neighbor. She also drinks way too much coffee and is tempted daily to run away to the beach.
Katie studied Zoology at Ohio State University and went on to earn a Master’s degree in Wildlife Science from Purdue University. She has a PhD in Forest Resources, Wildlife Ecology and Management from West Virginia University. Katie became a follower of Jesus on a national wildlife refuge in Maryland at the age of 26. She worked for Intervarsity Christian Fellowship before becoming an Environmental Biology professor at Bethel College in 2004.
In 2013, Katie felt the Lord calling her to the Muslim world, so she moved to Tajikistan where she lived for 4 years, working with an international non-governmental organization providing relief and development opportunities to the people of Tajikistan.
Katie returned to the US in 2017, and returned to Bethel University this past August. She loves teaching students and is passionate about spiritual formation, prayer, missions, and the care of creation.
Jonathan Brooks serves as Senior Pastor at Canaan Community Church in West Englewood. He has served as professor, mentor, art teacher, musician, performer, and Director of Mission Year in Chicago. He has contributed to numerous blogs and articles and released his first book, Church Forsaken, last year. As a firm believer in investing in the community you grew up in, Jonathan has a deep desire to impress this virtue on the students and young people in his congregation, classrooms, and community. Through various community partnerships Canaan Community Church provides youth development, holistic health options, college scholarships, art and music training, and continual support to the incarcerated and their families living in Englewood and other Chicago communities. Jonathan and his wife have two beautiful girls, Jasmine and Jade,
John Kaehr returned to serve his almamater in 2012 after 15 years in pastoral ministry. He served as a Resident Director for 6 years and currently serves as Associate Director for Community Life. John loves working with college students, helping them grow in their love of God’s word as they take their next steps with Jesus. John lives in South Bend with his wife Melissa, their 8 year old daughter Hannah, and their new puppy Zoey.
Dr. Ken Elzinga is the the Robert C. Taylor Professor of economics at the University of Virginia. He has received numerous teaching awards and each fall his Introductory Economics course attracts over 1000 students making it the largest class offered at the University of Virginia. An expert in antitrust economics, he has testified in several precedent setting antitrust cases including three supreme court decisions. The author of more than 70 academic publications, Mr. Elzinga is also known for his mystery novels written under the pen name Marshall Jevons, in which the protagonist employs economic analysis to solve crimes. Mr. Elzinga has served on the boards of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Hope College, and the Center for Christian Study at the University of Virginia and is active in ministry to college students. Mr. Elzinga has a BA and honorary doctorate from Kalamazoo College, a PhD from Michigan State University, and an honorary doctorate from Gordon College.