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Mark Jantzen

Mark Jantzen

Associate Professor of History
Ext: 354
Phone: 316-284-5354
  • B.A. Bethel College 1985
  • M.A. Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries 1993
  • Ph.D. University of Notre Dame 2002
About Mark: A native of Nebraska and a Bethel College graduate, Mark has lived and worked extensively in Europe. From 1988 to 1991, he studied theology at Humboldt University in East Berlin as part of Mennonite Central Committee's East Europe Study/Service Program. From 1993 to 1996 he worked at resource development for Bread of Life in Belgrade, Serbia and as regional coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee. He currently serves as editor of Mennonite Life, Co-Book Review Editor of Religion in Eastern Europe, and as the North American representative on the editorial council of the volume five of Mennonitisches Lexikon,. He is co-editor with John Thiesen of The Danzig Mennonite Church: Its Origins and History, 1569-1919 (2007). He is author of The Wrong Side of the Wall: An American in East Berlin during the Peaceful Revolution (1993) and Mennonite German Soldiers: Nation, Religion and Family in the Prussian East, 1772-1880 (University of Notre Dame Press, 2010).
Kip Wedel

Kip Wedel

Assistant Professor of History
Ext: 355
Phone: 316-284-5355
  • B.S. in Business Management McPherson College 1987
  • M.A. Emporia State University 1989
  • Ph.D. Kansas State University 2011
About Kip: Kip spent nearly 20 years in business before joining the faculty at Bethel College. He has been an entrepreneur, president of a local chamber of commerce, and a trustee of the Swiss Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association. His research, principally on religious and business history topics, has appeared in academic journals in the United States and Europe. His history of a national organization devoted to ethical practice in engineering appeared in 2012, and a second book is under consideration for publication.