Seek. Serve. Grow.
Please consider saving paper, ink, and electricity instead of printing.

The culture of Bethel is one that encourages students to try new things and to think critically.
Sarah Unruh ’12


2012, 60th Menno Simons Lectures

Keith L. Sprunger

Keith L. Sprunger is Oswald H. Wedel Professor Emeritus of History at Bethel College. He taught at Bethel 1963-2001.

Sprunger is a native of Berne, Indiana. His undergraduate education was at Wheaton (Ill.) College, and he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in early European and English history. His main scholarly interests are 17th-century English. Dutch and American Puritanism; Mennonite history; the history of printing; oral history; historic preservation; and, of course, the history of Bethel College.

Publications include The Learned Doctor William Ames (1972), Dutch Puritanism (1982), and Trumpets from the Tower (1994). The recent history of the college is his eighth book. He enjoys collecting antiquarian books and Bethel postcards.

Keith and his wife Aldine are parents of three children, David, Mary and Philip. All three are college teachers and graduates of Bethel College.


All sessions will take place in Krehbiel Auditorium in the Luyken Fine Arts Center on the Bethel College campus.

Sunday, Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m.
Bethel, the "Light in the West": The 19th-century Origins of the College

Monday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m. (convocation)
Listening to the Students' Voices: Postcards, T-Shirts and "Underground" Opinions

Monday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m.
Bethel in the 1960s: The Crucial Decade

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m.
Writing the History of Kansas Mennonite Colleges - Comparative Views (panel discussion)
Perry White, Bethel College; John Sharp, Hesston College; Richard Kyle, Tabor College, Keith Sprunger, Bethel College


John Roth, Professor of history, Director of Mennonite Historical Library and Editor of Mennonite Quarterly Review, Goshen College, Indiana)
The Future of Anabaptism as a Global Movement:
"What Hath Zurich to do with Addis Ababa?: Anabaptism as a Global Movement"
"The Christian Faith in Global Perspective"
"Tap Root or Rhizome?: Retelling the Anabaptist Story as if the Global Church Mattered"
"The Coming Shape of Anabaptism: Envisioning the Global Mennonite Church of the Future