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Meet Our Staff

We’re passionate about helping Bethel students understand the love of God and where this great love is calling them.

Meet our team to learn more about what we do and why we're here at Bethel. We've also put together a spiritual formation guide (pdf) to help you learn more about our philosophy of helping students grow in faith.

Matthew Runion

Associate Dean of Christian Formation

Pastor Matt is currently serving as Team Lead in the office of Christian Formation. His bottomline ministry call is to connect students with God's work around the world. He conducts that ministry by giving vision and oversight to missions and discipleship ministries on our campus as well as providing care and community for Third Culture Kids, Missionary Kids, and International Students. From training and sending numerous spring break mission teams to supporting discipleship initiatives on campus, Matt has seen that God is absolutely at work—around the world and at Bethel! Matt also leads the Bethel delegation to the Urbana student missions conference every 3 years. Matt holds a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Global and Contextual Ministry from Bethel Seminary.

Caitlyn Stenerson

Assistant Pastor and Director of Chapel Programming


Pastor Caitlyn Stenerson is passionate about telling the story of Jesus, mentoring young people, and helping people connect their work to God's global call. In her role at Bethel, Pastor Caitlyn provides pastoral care for students and is responsible for coordinating and implementing excellent, innovative, and Christ-centered chapel ministry. Pastor Caitlyn graduated with her B.A. Political Science from Bethel University in 2014, and her Master of Divinity from Bethel Seminary in 2019. Prior to entering ministry, Pastor Caitlyn worked in political communications and public affairs. 

Maddie Bargen

Maddie is called to facilitate spaces for students to encounter the living God in ways that lead them into transformed lives. Her hope for all Bethel students is that they would be formed into followers of Christ who share the good news of Jesus in all that they say and do as an outpouring of their love for God and their neighbors! Her primary responsibility is to offer leadership for the first-year student discipleship program, Shift, and to offer support for other ongoing discipleship ministries on campus. She graduated from Bethel in 2020 with degrees in missional ministries and journalism, and she is currently pursuing an M.Div degree through Western Theological Seminary.