Dawn was born in Normal, IL. She graduated from Goshen College, BA: Music Education, 1981, and Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, M.Div, 1999.
Dawn and her husband Doug have two adult sons.
Dawn & Doug served with Mennonite Central Committee for 13 years in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Portugal, and Kentucky. She served as pastor at Akron Mennonite, PA, and interim pastor at E. Chestnut St. Mennonite, Lancaster, PA. She also completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education at Lancaster General Hospital. She served the Assembly Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN, on their pastoral team from 2013-September 2016. She joined the Bethel College Mennonite Church as lead pastor on November 1, 2016.
Pastor Susan Jantzen comes to BCMC from First Mennonite Church of Hillsboro, having completed seven years of ministry with that congregation and many years of service in the wider Mennonite Church. She brings gifts related to faith formation, worship, and pastoral care, as well as a grounded, steady presence. During her time at BCMC, Pastor Susan Jantzen will focus her work in the area of Faith Formation (Children and adults), preach once a month, and plan worship twice a month.
Susan lives in Newton with her husband Jim and they have two adult sons and a daughter-in-law.
Susan M. Wheeler has served as associate pastor for pastoral care at BCMC since 2010. Her responsibilities include visitation, pastoral care and funeral ministry. She received her M.Div. degree from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, IN, and earlier attended Hesston College and graduated from Tabor College. Susan’s previous experience includes chaplaincy and nursing, and volunteer work at the Harvey County Safe House. Susan lives with her husband Lee in Hesston and they have three young adult children.