Alumni Awards

A list of awards that recognize outstanding achievements by alumni or friends of Bethel University.

Alumna or Alumnus of the Year Award In recognition of an outstanding alumna or alumnus of Bethel University who exemplifies the values of the college in his or her personal and professional life.  
Timothy Award for Outstanding Service In recognition of an alumnus or alumna for exemplary work done behind the scenes, in an attitude of quiet humility.
Young Alumnus or Alumna of the Year Award In recognition of an outstanding young alumnus or alumna of Bethel University, who exemplifies the values of the college in his or her personal and professional life.

2019 Award Winners

Joel Boehner ’05

Joel Boehner ’05

Alumnus of the Year

Joel is currently Executive Director of IN*SOURCE (Indiana Resource Center for Families with Special Needs), a non-profit organization that provides Special Education Parent Support throughout Indiana. Under his leadership, special projects geared toward interpreter training, youth self-advocacy, and site-based community outreach have emerged and grown, as have collaborations with researchers and institutions of higher education. For eight years (2007-2015), Joel served Bethel in varying roles in both faculty and staff positions. During this time, he helped facilitate change in the location and in the services of the Katherine J. Gribbin Learning Commons, while elevating the profile of the Center for Academic Success and the Center for Career Development and Global Engagement. Joel’s proudest achievement is being Anne’s husband of 15 years and the parent of Alyssa (8) and Christopher (5), who are his guiding lights, inspiration, and deepest expression of his calling in life.

Kory & Alison Lantz ’09

Kory & Alison Lantz ’09

Young Alumni of the Year 

After graduating in 2009, Kory and Alison (Gingrich) moved to the northwest side of South Bend and started building relationships with their neighbors. Their passion for youth, hospitality and culture drove their decision to put down roots just 15 minutes away from Bethel. The Lantzes now serve at Transformation Ministries, an organization that provides support for middle school and high school students living in the Keller Park area. One of several avenues the Lantzes use to reach their neighborhood is Iron Sharpens Iron (ISI), a youth leadership program they started, named after Old Testament verse Proverbs 27:17. In ISI, neighborhood youth spend time eating, talking, holding each other accountable, and bearing one another’s burdens. The Lantzes also run the Urban Ministry Experience with Bethel students, host study tables, and run Greater Impact Lawn Care – a for-profit business to teach youth how to work through meaningful employment opportunities.

Kristy Mikel ’05

Kristy Mikel ’05

Timothy Award for Outstanding Service

Kristy lives and works in Mae Sot, Thailand, located on the Myanmar (Burma)/Thailand border. Here, she co-founded Braverly, a café and sewing center. Braverly, working under Outpour Movement, empowers women by serving as a training center for business management, sewing, culinary arts, and product development. The work done at Braverly enables women to provide for themselves and their families and gives them the tools they need to be confident, try new things, and make an impact. Kristy and her team strive to connect the women they serve with Jesus. They desire to see each woman they work with pursue a relationship with Jesus and live boldly and to be the person He created them to be. Kristy works tirelessly for Kingdom impact, and has been transforming lives in Thailand, one woman at a time.

2018 Award Winners

Jorge '10 and Caron '09 Marquez

Jorge ’10 and Caron Marquez ’09 are the 2018 Young Alumni of the Year

Jorge ’10 and Caron ’09

Young Alumni of the Year

After graduating in 2010 with a degree in Finance and Economics, Jorge and his wife Caron (B.A. International Studies) moved to his home country of Mexico to serve as full-time volunteers in Dulce Refugio orphanage. Noting the lack of discipline among teen boys, they began a soccer ministry to motivate and teach them important skills. Now in Asia, Jorge continues to use soccer to reach young men in both a maximum-security prison and a soccer academy for underprivileged kids. Jorge and Caron recently started a non-profit organization/transition home helping young men released from prison to become self-sufficient and moral citizens.

Read their story at here.

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Michaela Murray '12

Michaela Murray ’12 is the recipient of the 2018 Timothy Award for Service

Michaela Murray ’12

Timothy Award for Service

Michaela double majored in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, graduating in 2012. She just began her seventh year of teaching Pre-Kindergarten at Waynesboro Primary School in Georgia where she also tutors after hours. In addition to serving the Primary School, she is chairperson for the Evangelism Committee at church, a small group leader for a youth retreat, co-teaches a weekly English as a second language class for adults, and is preparing for her fourth trip to the Dominican Republic next summer. Michaela’s servant attitude comes from a legacy of Bethel graduates -- both her mom and grandma are alumnae and have played a role in serving the families of Waynesboro Primary School alongside her.

Randy Lehman '82

Randy Lehman ’82 is the 2018 Alumnus of the Year

Randy Lehman ’82

Alumnus of the Year

Randy was introduced to Northwestern Mutual through an internship program in 1981-1982, while completing his B.A. degree in Accounting, with a minor in Economics. He has been a Wealth Management Advisor associated with Northwestern Mutual since 1983, and earned professional designations of Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Accredited Estate Planner (AEP). He is a founding partner of Summit Financial Group, which specializes in working with business owners, executives and retirees. As the senior member of the group, his primary focus is on comprehensive retirement income distribution and estate plans. Randy and his wife, Deb, reside in Angola, Ind. They have three married children and two grandchildren. They attend Fairview Missionary Church and enjoy supporting many other nonprofit organizations. He has faithfully served three terms on the Bethel College Board of Trustees since 2012 and is the current Chair.

2017 Award Winners

Transforming Minds and Hearts in Romania

As manager of Grace Christian School in Lagoj, Romania, Emanuel Olariu ’08 has seen the power of lives transformed through Christian education. He helped start the school with just 32 students after graduating from Bethel. Nine years later, the school has grown to 430 students – from preschool to eighth grade – and 80 staff members.

“My dream was to leave a legacy, to leave something after I am gone that can magnify God’s glory in our community and improve the lives of those that come into contact with this project,” Olariu says. “I never dreamed this dream would become a Christian school.”

Olariu came to Bethel to study business administration, but added another major in economics and finance because of the impact Associate Professor Aaron Schavey, Ph.D., had on him.

“Studying business, I realized the importance of a long-term investment and I understood that this is what a school really is …a long-term investment in the community where God has placed us to live.”

Caleb Bislow '00

Alumnus of the Year 2017

In recognition of an outstanding alumna or alumnus of Bethel College who exemplifies the values of the college in his or her personal and professional life.  

Caleb Bislow left Bethel College in 2000 with a degree in graphic design and a minor in youth ministry. For five years after graduation, he served as a youth pastor at Colonial Woods Missionary Church. He went on to become an ordained minister with the Missionary Church. Today, he shares the word of God in unusual ways.

He is founder of Unusual Soldiers, training ordinary people to “courageously bring the hope of Christ to dark, dangerous, and despised places around the world.” This part of his ministry led him to write the book, “Dangerous: Engaging the People and Places No One Else Will.” (Bethany House) He is also an itinerant speaker for Forge (ForgeForward.org).

He travels and speaks at a variety of Christian venues across the United States and Canada. He focuses on topics that aim to challenge Christians to take risks and engage in God's global mission.

Bislow grew up in Nebraska and began following Christ at an early age. He and his wife, Jessica (‘00), have four children.

Mike McConville '03

Timothy Award for Outstanding Service 2017

McConville graduated from Bethel with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies. He completed the Master of Divinity degree in 2003 at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is ordained by the Missionary Church and is endorsed by the National Association of Evangelicals.

Prior to his current role, McConville was commissioned a Navy Chaplain in 2004. Until 2009, he served in Virginia, Iraq, Fallujah and Ramadi. He then reported to Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, and trained over 10,000 Marine students annually in ethical decision-making skills. He next went to the Coast Guard Sector Mobile, providing ministry coverage for units throughout Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.

His personal awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (1 star), Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (1 star) and the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal.

He is married to Dawn (Hopkins) and they have three children. He is currently a Doctor of Ministry (2018) student at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.

2016 Award Winners

  • Alumna of the Year: Jenny (Dyer) McGee ’99
  • Young Alumnus of the Year: Seth Bartlette ’06
  • Timothy Award for Outstanding Service: Carrie Nofziger ’08

2015 Award Winners

  • Alumnus of the Year Award – Blessing “Yemi” Mobolade ’01
  • Young Alumni of the Year Award – Hannah ’12 & Neil Silveus ’13
  • Timothy Award for Outstanding Service – Kintae Lark ’07
  • Honorary Alumna Award – Maralee Crandon, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English

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