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With Christ at the Helm
With Christ at the Helm

With Christ at the Helm

The Story of Bethel College


352 Pages, 8.5 x 11

Formats: EPUB, Mobipocket

EPUB, $3.99 (US $3.99) (CA $5.99)

Publication Date: May 2017

ISBN 9781495619960

Rights: WOR

Bookmark Publishers (May 2017)


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The past seven decades has witnessed an awakening in Christian higher education among American evangelicals. The story of Bethel College in northern Indiana is the embodiment of this reality. Birthed in 1947 by a denomination fraught with reservations and outright distrust of higher education, the college has survived a series of financial crises, experienced denominational realignment, endured the student unrest of the ‘60s and ‘70s, and suffered through an identity crisis in the ‘80s to eventually blossom into the fulfillment of its foundersâ€ââ€ΕΎÂ¢ dreams by the late twentieth century. What emerges is the story of a college that epitomizes the very essence of its founding denomination: revivalism, a campus culture that encourages a strong sense of community, passionate evangelism, an unapologetic Christian worldview, and a deep commitment to the authority of Scripture. Coupled with a pursuit for academic excellence and the growth of vibrant co-curricular programming, the story of Bethel College is representative of evangelical colleges flourishing across the landscape of twentieth century American higher education.

Author Biography

Dennis Engbrecht is professor of history at Bethel College. For over three decades, he has served the college as vice president for student development, vice president for academic services, senior vice president, and professor. Engbrecht attended Bethel College as an undergraduate, received a M.A. from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska. An educator for over four decades, Dennis is an ordained minister in the Missionary Church. Dennis and his wife Karla have three adult children, all who along with two spouses, are Bethel College graduates. Dennis and Karla reside in Bremen, Indiana.