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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 more than 15 years in business before joining the faculty at Bethel College. He teaches all of Bethel's American history courses and several courses in its Peace, Justice, and Conflict Resolution curriculum. His research focuses on American civil religion and popular culture from the 1930s through 1950s, and his articles have appeared in academic journals on both sides of the Atlantic. He also has published on Anabaptist topics. Courses taught at Bethel include:
• United States History I
• United States History II
• Religion in American History
• Race and Ethnicity in American History
• Western and Kansas History
• Introduction to Sociology
• Introduction to Peace Studies
• Case Studies in Collective Violence