Advocacy Team is a student-run organization devoted to effectively addressing the causes of hunger and poverty through education and advocacy. Events include letter-writing campaigns, campus conversations, guest speakers, book discussion groups, meetings with government representatives, and hunger awareness activities.
Bethany Youth Ministry Team
BYMT offers fun and spiritual enrichment for team members and for the churches and youth with whom they minister. Through lock-ins, worship services, and youth events BYMT reaches out to area and regional congregations to spread the love of Christ and the joy of life in God.
Campus Ministry Coordinators
CMC includes the leaders of the various Bethany Campus Ministry groups. CMC works cooperatively on various activities throughout the academic year and serves to present a unifying mission for all Campus Ministry efforts.
Chi Alpha (women) and Alpha Omega (men)
Christian fellowship groups provide opportunities for fellowship, study, service and spiritual growth. All students are welcome to join.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
FCA presents to athletes and coaches and all whom they influence the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the Church. FCA meets weekly; meetings include noncompetitive games, speakers, movies, singing, and fellowship with friends, staff, and faculty. Athletes and non-athletes are welcome.
Peer Ministers are students who reach out to other students to help them find their place at Bethany. Peer Ministers take an academic course which provides training in communication, listening, welcoming, confidentiality, making referrals, and decision-making skills.
The Encounters Series
The Encounters Series brings noted speakers who spend two days on campus to teach in their area of expertise. Students have a number of opportunities to meet these people in classroom, Chapel or informal settings.
Knit-Wits is an inter-generational service group in which participants learn how to knit or crochet sweaters, bandages, and prayer shawls for people in need throughout the world.
Pastor Noni Strand has served as Bethany’s campus pastor since the fall of 1991. She graduated from Bethany in 1982. She earned a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology in 1986 and was ordained as a Pastor in the Lutheran Church in America in July of 1986. Pastor Strand served as associate pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Salina, Kan., before being called to return to Bethany and serve as campus pastor.
In this capacity, Pastor Strand provides pastoral care and counseling to the Bethany community, leads the worship life of the college, teaches a variety of ministry and core classes, serves on the Pearson Professor Committee, and works with student groups through campus and peer ministry, Green Team. Over 100 students have been trained in Peer Ministry since the program’s inception in the fall of 2007, and plans for expansion of the program are being put into place as a part of the Center for Discovery, Reflection, and Vocation. She chairs the Lutheran Identity Group, a campus-wide initiative to continue discussion on what it means for Bethany to be a College of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She also serves on the Central States Synod Council. Pastor Strand was a recipient of Bethany’s Alumni Gold Award in 2005 and the Service to Students Award in 2009.
Pastor Strand also earned a Master of Arts in earth literacy from St. Mary-of-the-Woods-College in Indiana in July of 2012. She created the interdisciplinary minor in sustainable living as a part of the Center for Sustainable Living in the winter of 2013 and currently works with 10 students who are involved as either sustainability scholars and/or minors in that program.
Pastor Strand and her husband have one son. They reside in Salina, Kan.