Welcome Week Retreat


The goals for the Welcome Week Retreat are to meet and/or reconnect with one another, learn more about the vision for education at Bethlehem, and receive practical advice to prepare you for a new academic year.

For returning students, staff and faculty, please click HERE to let us know if and when you will be able to join us so we have enough food for everyone.

Thursday, August 18


  • Continental Breakfast (Main Hall)
  • Retreat Welcome | Zach Howard
  • Song and Devotional | College Students

9am | Small Talks

  • New Students
    • Talk 1: City Vision and City Savviness | Jared and Amy Wass
    • Talk 2: More Than a Battle | President Joe Rigney
  • Current Students
    • Talk 1: Writing & Reading for Enjoyment | Greg Morse
    • Talk 2: Etiquette in the Classroom | James McGolthin and Zach Howard

10:30am | Meet and Greet with House

12:00pm | Lunch | Pastor Kenny Stokes

1:00pm | 4th Floor Tour

2:00pm | City Safety Training 

3:00pm | Picnic Table/Banner Decorations and Lawn games

5:30pm | Dinner (Main Hall) and Talk | President Joe Rigney

6:30pm | Testimonies 

8pm | Free time (campfire available at 4-Plex)

Friday, August 19


  • Continental Breakfast (Main Hall)
  • Song and Devotional | Seminary Students

9:00am | Small Talks

  • New Students
    • Talk 3: Time Management | Dr. Brian Hanson
  • Current Students
    • Talk 3a: Friends or More?: Maturity in Relationships | Marshall Segal
    • Talk 3b: Panel Discussion | Jared Compton, Marshall Segal, Betsy Howard, Zach Howard

10:30am | Testimonies 

12:00pm | Lunch and Meet Your Local Pastors

1:00pm | Small Talks

  • New Students
    • Talk 4: Making College Count | Cody Sandidge
  • Current Students
    • Talk 4a: Start Your Vocation Now: How to Prepare Now for Life After College, Part 1 | Zach Howard, Rick Segal
    • Talk 4b: Start Your Vocation Now: How to Prepare Now for Life After College, Part 2 | Alumni Panel led by Zach Howard

2:00pm | Volleyball at Gold Medal Park

5:00pm | Event End