Bethany Theological Seminary has named Amy Beery as program director of youth engagement at the Seminary, a new part-time position. Having served as admissions counselor at Bethany since July 2016, she will assume her new duties on November 1.
As director, Beery will take the lead in planning and implementing educational programming for youth events, such as Explore Your Call and Immerse! Reinstated in 2011, EYC is open to high school students, while Immerse! was introduced for jr. high students in 2014. In recruitment efforts she will work with contacts in Church of the Brethren congregations, districts, and other youth programs and will continue building relationships beyond the Church of the Brethren. Responsibilities also include securing curriculum content, marketing, the application process, and logistics for events.
Beery graduated from Bethany in 2013 with a master of divinity degree and an emphasis in youth and young adult ministry. She has served in chaplaincy at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, and with Intrepid Hospice, and her social work experience has involved care and program oversight for children and teens in various life circumstances. For five years Beery coordinated Church of the Brethren jr. high work camps in Indianapolis, and she has served her congregation both as deacon for children and youth and in leadership for youth activities.
“With Amy’s background in admissions, specifically here at Bethany, she is an excellent fit for this position,” says Lori Current, executive director for admissions and student services. “Amy brings professionalism, consistency, knowledge of our youth programs, and experience with the admissions staff, which will enhance her implementation of recruitment strategies. The admissions and student services team welcomes Amy in her new role with anticipation of an exciting youth program this summer.”