As a college of and for the church, Bethany encourages all students to explore and deepen their own faith.
Bethany’s campus pastor is available for spiritual guidance and pastoral care for all members of the Bethany College community. All are welcome to visit the campus pastor or set up an appointment.
Worship is central to our life as a community of faith, learning and service.
No classes or meetings are held at this time to allow the community to gather for prayer, praise, spiritual renewal and the sharing of the Word. Students, faculty and staff serve as speakers, worship leaders and musicians. Chapel includes contemporary and traditional styles of worship and music, Holy Communion, and lots of student involvement.
The Chapel Choir helps lead worship, assists the worshiping community in learning new liturgies and music, and sings in Chapel on a regular basis. Academic credit is awarded for faithful participation in the Chapel Choir.
Other worship services are scheduled throughout the year to celebrate special events on campus and Holy Days in the Church year. These services include Christmas Vespers, Ash Wednesday, and Maundy Thursday. Students are active in worship planning and leadership.
Students also gather on the first and third Sunday evenings of the month in the Chapel for Campus-wide, a student-led praise service.
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.