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Sarah Unruh ’12

Bible Lectures

The Bethel College Bible Lecture series has been in existence since 1914. Starting in 1951, the lecture series has been endowed by the Hartzler Foundation, established by the late Dr. and Mrs. John Ellsworth Hartzler. J.E. Hartzler was president of Bethel College from 1920-21 and was himself a lecturer in this series in 1961. These occasional lectures relate to subjects of general biblical, historical, theological and philosophical interest.

Most recent lecture

Learning from the Early Church
Alan Kreider, Elkhart, Ind.
Oct. 23- 24, 2011

Kreider spoke on “Learning from the Early Church: Mission and Peace” and “Taking the Plunge: A Stark View.” The latter consisted of his reflections on The Rise of Christianity by Rodney Stark and the New Testament book of Acts, the major texts for the 2011-12 Bethel senior capstone class, Basic Issues of Faith and Life.

Alan Kreider was professor of church history and mission at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind., where he taught from 1999 until his retirement in 2007. From 1974-2000, he and his wife, Eleanor, were mission workers in England, where they transformed the London Mennonite Centre into a teaching and resource center on Christian discipleship in the Anabaptist tradition, urban mission and conflict mediation.

Kreider is a graduate of Goshen (Ind.) College. He studied at Princeton University, Heidelberg University and the University of London, and earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1971. He also taught at Goshen College from 1968-1973.