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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.

Laurel Bunker

Vice President of Christian Formation and Church Relations

Pastor Laurel feels blessed to serve the Bethel community in two primary ways. As the Vice President of Christian Formation and Church Relations, Laurel is a member of the President's Cabinet, providing strategic guidance on issues related to the spiritual formation and personal development of the student body. As campus pastor, Laurel serves as the primary preacher in Chapel and leads a vibrant and gifted team that is dedicated to providing transformational ministry opportunities for the Bethel community.

When she's not preaching at Bethel, Laurel travels throughout the country teaching and training at colleges, churches, and parachurch organizations in the areas of leadership, spiritual development, biblical issues in 21st-century Christianity.

Matthew Runion

Associate Dean of Christian Formation and Church Relations

Pastor Matt's 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 training and 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 finds great delight in working alongside Pastor Laurel in representing our department with our partners in academics and student life at Bethel. Matt holds a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Global and Contextual Ministry from Bethel Seminary.

Paul Kong

Assistant Campus Pastor, Discipleship and Sankofa Ministries

Pastor Paul Kong graduated from Bethel Seminary with his MDIV in 2013. His role is the spiritual development of students through discipleship groups and programs. Paul’s pastoral heart and his strength of Individualization is a great combination for developing student thoughts and attitudes of God. Before Bethel, Paul held leadership roles in nonprofit management, church ministry, and chemical health recovery services.

Jackie Batres Bonilla

Administrative Assistant to Campus Pastor 

Jackie provides administrative and departmental support to Pastor Laurel and Pastor Matt and oversees daily operations for the Christian Formation and Church Relations office. Jackie also coordinates all communication with Chapel speakers, oversees student ministry initiatives, coordinate various departmental events and provides office hospitality.

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