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Bethel VP Zeitlow to resign

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Terry Zeitlow, vice president for development at Bethel, has announced that he will be resigning from his position to pursue other interests. On May 5, Zeitlow will transition into a new role as executive pastor of Bethel Church in Crown Point, Ind. There he will oversee administrative tasks at the church as well as their three satellite campuses. The church is located in northwest Indiana which is the second-most populated area of the state. Zeitlow served in church ministry for 14 years before he came to Bethel, and he said that he will enjoy the return to ministry. untitledZeitlow says that he was contacted about the position in January, and things have progressed since then causing him to make the decision to resign. As vice president for development, Zeitlow oversees institutional advancement and procuring donations for the college. Zeitlow said that there was not necessarily a timetable for his resignation, but just that the process played out quickly. "It just happened at this time," Zeitlow said. One project Zeitlow has been overseeing is the planned construction of a new Welcome Center on campus that will house two large conference rooms and provide space for various offices. Currently, money is being raised to fund the project. It seems that Zeitlow's resignation could cause a hiccup in the process, but he disagrees. "It could have that (effect)," Zeitlow said. "But (the next person) will just have to get caught up. I don't think it will be a problem." Zeitlow said that a decision on the project will come by the upcoming fall semester. Zeitlow has served the college in many ways over seven years that are not always visible to students. He has overseen many departments: Marketing, Alumni, Fundraising and Admission to name a few. Even as he leaves, Zeitlow says he has enjoyed his time in Mishawaka. "I've very much enjoyed it," Zeitlow said. "I think Bethel is a great place. I think Dr. Chenoweth is the right person to lead, and I think Bethel has a bright future." In an email to the Beacon, Dr. Chenoweth was appreciative of the work Zeitlow has done. "Terry served Bethel College for seven years," he said. "We send him off (on) May 5 with appreciation for his work and personal affection."  
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