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.

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