But just as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us – see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
—2 Corinthians 8:7
It wasn't until 1944, under the leadership of Q.J. Everest, Seth Rohrer and Warren Manges, that the vision of Brenneman and Huffman – inspired by God – was realized through formal approval of the church. In 1946 land was purchased in Mishawaka, Ind., and 27-year-old Woodrow Goodman was appointed as the first president – at that time the youngest college president in the United States.
Bethel University opened in the fall of 1947 with 94 students. Since that time many individuals have rallied around the cause of Christian higher education, investing their lives and resources in ministry to young people.
The establishment of the Founders Society by the Bethel University Board of Trustees in 2004, invites like-minded women and men to invest themselves in the continued expansion and strengthening of Bethel University.