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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    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. ...

Connections: Dr. Everett Wilson

Bethany's Legacy

Faced with the closure of a venerable 92-year-old institution, one is left merely to celebrate the school’s years of effectiveness in producing leaders.

Bethany graduates include several who presently occupy strategic posts in the Assemblies of God, including the director of Assemblies of God World Missions [recently retired]; the president of Assemblies of God Theological Seminary; the editor of the Pentecostal Evangel; the head of Convoy of Hope; the editor of Pneuma, the leading Pentecostal journal; and the superintendents of the Oregon and the Hawaii districts, among others.

The alumni include numbers of distinguished pastors, missionaries, musicians, evangelists, chaplains, teachers, counselors, writers, business people, women’s ministries leaders, church administrators, government officials, law enforcement officers, artists, nurses, university professors, attorneys, youth leaders, and many others who benefitted from the “Bethany/Glad Tidings experience,” and in turn have widely impacted God’s work.


The graduates that this fragile school produced are evidence enough that it satisfied its mandate — not to build a model institution but to produce effective Christian workers. It is indisputable that despite its inadequacies the school produced an enviable stream of graduates.


The lengthy history of Glad Tidings/Bethany should remind us that unless God builds a house, the builders labor in vain. This is the legacy of a tiny, unpretentious school that started out with a funny name (Glad Tidings) that God used to achieve so much in unexpected ways for His kingdom.


Each Bethany alumnus should remember that his or her diploma, professional license, or degree was obtained as the result of a strong component of faith — not clever administration; not a comfortable cushion of capital resources; not faculties, programs and facilities that left room for boasting. Bethany’s legacy, simply stated, is that God vindicates the vision of men and women who act in faith according to His will.

— Everett Wilson, president, 1997-2003


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