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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: So Long, Bethany

By Ken Horn
Dec. 11, 2011

Two years into my college education the Lord redirected my life and called me into ministry. In our church, when you were called to the ministry, Bethany Bible College in Scotts Valley, Calif., was the place to go.

I played my share of basketball while at Bethany (I was crushed when they changed the name of the team from the Parsons to the Bruins after I graduated) and did a few other things that had less-than-eternal importance. But I also gained the foundation for my ministry from individuals who — to alumni of Bethany — are legendary. Kenneth Liu and Norm Arnesen taught me most of my Bible and theology. I took history from Everett Wilson (a future president of the college) and Dwight Wilson (who also taught me some music).

And what a privilege it was to take Pentecostal Truths from former Assemblies of God General Superintendent Ralph Riggs, who was a link to our past. He had been present at the formation of the AG in 1914 in Hot Springs, Ark.

I attended during the presidency of Dr. Cordas C. Burnett, whose impact on Assemblies of God higher education extended far beyond Bethany.

I remember some special outpourings of the Holy Spirit at the school. One powerful chapel service spurred a large portion of the student body to meet in Craig Chapel for several nights with no agenda but to seek God. This greatly influenced many students, including some who were baptized in the Holy Spirit.

Later, I had the privilege to serve on the alumni council.

The reason for this special tribute issue is not a happy one. Bethany University of the Assemblies of God ceased operations this summer due to struggles with finances and enrollment. It had provided spiritual formation and education for 92 years.

But Bethany will live on. The school has produced leaders who have made major impacts throughout our nation and literally around the world. Read on in this issue to learn more about the history and legacy of Bethany, an institution that has made its mark on the kingdom of God.

Ken Horn


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