William “Bill” Ferguson came to Bethany in the fall of 2010 as an adjunct professor of history.
He received his associate’s degree from Cloud County Community College in 1977, and his bachelor’s degree from Bethany College in 1979. In 1990, Ferguson graduated from Fort Hays State University with a master’s in history.
Prior to coming to Bethany, Ferguson taught for 32 years at three different high schools in Kansas. He spent 10 of those years at Peabody and Sterling. The last 22 years were spent at Smoky Valley High School in Lindsborg, Kan. At those schools, he taught American history, world history, Kansas history, psychology and American government.
In 2003 Ferguson was chosen as one of 87 teachers across the nation to be part of the initial class of the “Teach Vietnam Teachers Network” sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Association. He spent a week at Georgetown University learning and sharing information geared toward teaching about the Vietnam Era to American high school students.
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Foundation chose Ferguson for a grant to study the topic “The Eisenhower Years and the Cold War” at Gettysburg College in 2005.
Ferguson and his wife, Jan (Lindsey) ’79, have been residents of Lindsborg since 1989. They are members of Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lindsborg. They have served on many councils and committees during their time in the community. They have two sons, Keith ‘10 and Michael.
Brenda Finch holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Kansas, where she studied with Portuguese concert artist and Tchaikovsky Competition juror Jose Sequeira Costa. She completed Masters level coursework in Music Therapy at KU and was employed as a Board Certified Music Therapist before turning her attention to raising three sons. Currently, Mrs. Finch accompanies for Bethany College, Smoky Valley High School, and the Smoky Valley Men’s Choir; she also maintains a small piano studio. She and her husband Steve live in rural Lindsborg.
Professor Ford earned a bachelor degree in mathematics from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2000,; a masters degree in 2002 and a Ph.D. in mathematics in 2008, both from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her interests include graph theory, combinatorics, analytic number theory, and mathematics education for pre-service and in-service teachers.
David Frost is an assistant professor of business at Bethany College. He joined the faculty in 2009, after serving as an adjunct at Bethany for three years. He teaches classes in business management and human relations.
Frost has experience in several areas of business management, including ownership, finance, marketing and human resources. He is also the founder of a non-profit boy’s home.
After completing his bachelor’s degree at Friends University, Frost earned his master’s of science degree in management at Friends in 2004. As an assistant professor of business, Frost hopes to share his experience and education with students while continuing to hone his own skills and knowledge in the field.
Dr. Lillian Green earned graduate degrees in Music Theory Pedagogy and Viola Performance from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland. Her undergraduate degree in music education is from West Virginia University where her emphases were viola, piano, and violin and where she earned public school certification for Pre-K-12 music.
Most recently, she served as the director of instrumental music at Montverde Academy, a high school conservatory school in Montverde, Florida. She has also taught at the Cab Calloway Summer School of the Arts in Wilmington, Delaware and in the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra Bridges Program as well as being an orchestra string mentor to high school and college students at the Aspen Music Festival. Prior to these experiences she was on the string faculty at West Virginia University and taught in the music theory program at Peabody Conservatory.
Professor Green’s performance career on viola includes her membership in the Friedheim String Quartet and performances across Asia, Europe, and the United States. She has performed as a section musician in numerous orchestras, including as principal violist in the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra. This summer, she is touring Belgium, The Netherlands, and Germany as a member of the Miltenberger Jazz and Classical Ensemble. She is a member of the American String Teachers Association and the College Music Society.
Before joining the Bethany faculty, Professor Guinn taught at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa from 2010 until 2014. Prior to that she served at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. She earned a Ph.D. in 19th Century U.S. history from Oklahoma State University in 2003; a master’s degree from Pittsburg State University and a bachelor’s degree for Kansas State University. She is married to Thomas Jorsch, assistant professor of history at Bethany College.
Before joining the Bethany faculty, Professor Hensel was an instructor at the University of Oregon. He received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin, his master’s degree at Baylor University and his PhD at the University of Oregon. He was awarded the Outstanding Composition Instructor in 2010 and has interests in Beowulf; monster studies and woodworking. He is married and has a son and daughter.