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Church relations position shifts to admissions office

April 16th, 2018

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The internal job transitions of two Bethel College employees will affect several offices and departments.

Peter Goerzen, campus pastor and director of church relations, will be half-time instructor of Bible and religion beginning in fall 2017.

Goerzen will remain as campus pastor but is stepping down from the church relations position.

With Goerzen’s change, Andrew Schmidt, assistant director of admissions, will begin a new role as assistant director of admissions for constituency and church relations.

The position will focus on efforts to recruit Mennonite students, as well as to increase Bethel College admissions department visibility with Mennonite congregations and Bethel alumni.

Also in the portfolio will be to organize and facilitate group events on campus, such as departmental camps, game-day events and special visit days; to oversee the Student Ambassador team and the Discovery Adventure Course; and to serve as the admissions counselor for transfer students in nursing (BSN; RN-to-BSN) and from Hesston College.

“Andrew is appreciated and respected by all who work with him,” said Bethel Interim President John Sheriff, “whether that be prospective students, parents, student employees in the Admissions department or colleagues.

“He brings some years of experience and leadership in recruiting to this new role, and is excited about this opportunity. I am confident that Mennonite supporting congregations and their youth will be well served by Andrew in this new position.”

Schmidt, a native of Hesston, is a 2010 graduate of Bethel College and has been working in its Admissions office since March 2014 .

Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas listed in the analysis of top colleges and universities, the Washington Monthly National Universities-Liberal Arts section and the National Liberal Arts College category of U.S. News & World Report, all for 2016'17. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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