Spring Commencement 2019

Friday, May 10, 2019 - 10:30am

Link to Commencement Vespers - May 9]

This event will be live streamed on the web, and on Facebook Live, starting at approximately 10:10 a.m.

Commencement Speaker

Tim Thiele |

Tim Thiele

Tim Thiele is a native of  Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and has lived in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, for most of his life. 

Mr. Thiele earned a bachelor of arts in psychology from Valparaiso University, and a master’s of science in counseling and psychotherapy from Southern Illinois University. 

Thiele has valued his time at work for Lutheran organizations. He has spent time with the Bethesda Lutheran Home in Watertown, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Lutheran Child and Family Service (now known as Christian Family Solutions) in Milwaukee, and finally at Lutheran Homes of  Oconomowoc (LHO) where he completed thirty-two years retiring from the position of Executive Director. During Thiele’s time at LHO, the organization grew to be a service-oriented organization providing a full range of assistance for the maturing adult, including efforts aimed at helping people to continue living in their own homes as long as possible. 

Thiele is married to his childhood friend and schoolmate, Nancy, together now for fifty-three years. They have six married children, and eighteen grandchildren, ranging from two to twenty-four years of age. 

The Thieles have been members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Okauchee, Wisconsin, since 1968, and enjoy being active in all of the various types of ministries at the congregation. 

In retirement, they enjoy outdoor activities together such as downhill skiing and ice skating in the winter, and water skiing in the summer, biking, hiking, camping, and doing “projects” for all the kids, and of course,  Mr. Thiele enjoys the privilege of serving on the Board of Regents at Bethany.

Distinguished Alumnus Award

Darwin Beck |

Darwin Beck

Darwin Beck is the recipient of the 2019 Bethany Lutheran College Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Mr. Beck, a native of St. James, Minnesota, is a 1960 graduate of Bethany Lutheran College. He is an accomplished and noted economist and monetary policy expert. During his 44-year career, Beck served as economist for the United States Treasury Department and Federal Reserve System, as well as Credit Suisse First Boston. His work for the Treasury Department allowed him to serve as a resident monetary policy advisor in fourteen countries. He also authored a number of articles on monetary policy for private organizations and the Federal Reserve System.

Mr. Beck, and his wife Sharron, have been married 56 years and have four children, and seven grandchildren. They make their home in both Aitkin, Minnesota, and Green Valley, Arizona.

Mr. Beck is an active church member in both Minnesota and Arizona. Throughout his life, he has held a variety of positions in churches he’s attended including elder, president, vice president, treasurer, Sunday school superintendent, building committee, and evangelism committee.