Enrollment Services Staff



Welcome to Bethel University! I am so glad you are visiting our site. I encourage you to take a serious look at the opportunities waiting for you in McKenzie, Tennessee. 

As a small Christian college and the only Cumberland Presbyterian affiliated one in the world, we’re proud to offer a unique mix of academic and spiritual growth that truly can’t be found anywhere else. Additionally, we offer a low student- to-teacher ratio, and we provide laptop computers that ensure you always have the tools you need to succeed during your college career. This includes financial assistance too. In fact, all of our students receive some form of financial assistance. The bottom line is we are dedicated to meeting your needs and to providing you with a quality education. 

Take a few minutes and explore our web site, and then give us the opportunity to learn more about you. Complete the Request Information section found under the Quick Links at left. Once you share your interests and needs, we will be able to show you specifically how a Bethel education can positively impact your life. Just imagine the possibilities the Lord has for you here! 

If you have questions, please contact your admission counselor, or I can assist you. Call us at 731-352-4030. I look forward to helping you begin your Bethel experience!

Tina Hodges
Dean of Enrollment Services
Email: hodgest@bethelu.edu



Thank you for exploring the Bethel University website. My name is Kim Houston. I serve as the Associate Dean of Enrollment Services for Bethel University's College of Liberal Arts. I am here to assist you in the enrollment process and answer the many questions you may have regarding your college career. Whether you are exploring your options of beginning college for the first time or if you are seeking an opportunity to come back and finish your degree, Bethel University has many resources available for you. In addition to the great education you will receive, Bethel University has many organizations, clubs and athletic programs for your enjoyment.

Please explore our website further and see for yourself the wonderful experience you can have by receiving your degree at Bethel University. You will see many friendly faces that mirror the reflection of the people you will meet at our family oriented school. I look forward to talking and meeting with you to discuss what Bethel University can hold for your future.
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. (Psalms 19:14)

Kim Houston
Associate Dean of Enrollment Services
Email: houstonk@bethelu.edu
Phone: 731-352-6421 

Hi! I am Jana Higdon, Prospect Coordinator for Enrollment Services. I will assist you with any questions or concerns you might have as a prospective student.
Bethel University is a family centered campus. Everyone here is like family and that’s something you don’t see at most universities. Bethel provides many opportunities for growth. I am proud to be a part of the Bethel University team!
I encourage and invite you to contact me at (731) 352-4030 or at the email address below if you have any questions.

Jana Higdon
Student Coordinator

Phone: 731-352-4030


Hi and welcome to Bethel's website! My name is Chris Esch and I'm the Student Coordinator for Enrollment Services. I process admission applications and all the documentation necessary to the enrollment process.  I'm here to make your enrollment process as smooth and efficient as possible.

Bethel University is growing but is still small enough to cultivate those important student/teacher relationships. You will find that our faculty truly cares about our students and wants them to succeed!

If you're seeking a christian school with a small-town atmosphere, you have come to the right place! Hope to see you soon!
Chris Esch
Student Coordinator

Email: eschc@bethelu.edu
Phone: 731-352-6295

"A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels” (Proverbs 1:5). 

When looking into universities, I know you are faced with many options. Each of you will have different needs and desires for your education and your college life, but I know you will find that Bethel has something for everyone. As an alumnus, I know the options firsthand—from the student life activities to the organizations/clubs to sports (school teams and intramural) to people who will become lifelong friends.

I found that every professor knew me by name and genuinely cared about my goals and my success. I made friendships for life and found that perfect balance between the social and academic communities.

God has played a key role in bringing me back to Bethel University where I am now in a position to help you and others like you get the education you need for the success you want. I am thankful for and excited about the opportunities before all of us!

Barbara de Angelis says, “No matter what age you are, or what your circumstances might be, you are special, and you still have something unique to offer. Your life, because of who you are, has meaning.” This statement holds true at Bethel University, and I hope you give us the chance to make you feel at home with a first-rate education in our small-town atmosphere. Welcome to Bethel University!

I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
Jess Martin
Senior Enrollment Counselor

Phone: 731-352-4005

Hello, and welcome to the Bethel University website! My name is Ellen Pruitt, and I have been a part of the Bethel family since 2007. I have the opportunity to serve as an Enrollment Counselor now that I have graduated. My experience here at Bethel has been the most wonderful four and half years of my life. I have learned many life lessons here and hope to help you make the most important decision of your life, choosing Bethel to continue your education!
We have many things to offer whether it is Academics, Athletics or Renaissance, we are growing and would love for you to be a part of our family too! If you have any questions give us a call and we’ll do what we can to get you here!!! May God bless and I hope you have a great day!
“I have been crucified with Christ, I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life that I once lived, I now live in the son, who gave his life for me.” Galatians 2:20
                                                                                                                                Ellen Pruitt
International Enrollment Counselor

Welcome to the Bethel University website. We hope to be welcoming you to our university soon!
Bethel University has so much to offer to help you grow mentally and spiritually! We offer 31 undergraduate majors as well as many different athletics, clubs and organizations to get you involved in our wonderful campus.
I am thrilled to be a part of Bethel and encourage you to contact me and we can look into what it takes for YOU to be a part of our constantly growing family!
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go ..." -- Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You'll Go. We hope you decided to steer yourself to our Bethel University!
"For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love and sound judgment." II Timothy 1:7.
Stefanie Clericuzio
Enrollment Recruiter
Phone: 731-352-6770

Hello!  My name is Mitchell Brown and I am glad to serve as an Enrollment Recruiter.  Bethel has been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember.  All four of my grandparents, both of my parents and 14 other members of my family attended Bethel.  When my family lived in McKenzie, I was a ball boy at the football games and I knew then that I wanted to go to Bethel College (now University).  As a senior at Memphis Central High School, my parents wanted me to apply to at least one other school, but I only applied to Bethel.  I am a lifelong Cumberland Presbyterian and am proud that Bethel is our school.

McKenzie has been my home for the last four years while I earned my Bachelor’s Degree and toured with the Renaissance Choir and Vocal Authority.  Let me know how I can help you become a part of our Bethel family.  If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

"In Christ's family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female.  Among us you are all equal."  Galatians 3:28 (MSG) 
Mitchell Brown
Enrollment Recruiter

Hello, and welcome to the Bethel University website! My name is Jesse Turner, and I am an enrollment counselor. My time at Bethel let me see a lot of the growth and amazing changes that has helped our campus while also keeping up our personal experience that is offered by teachers and staff alike. I look forward to helping you with any questions that you could have in getting started. Please continue to check out our website and look at our number of clubs/organizations that can not only be a wonderful growing experience but could also offer scholarships!

“Let the wise hear and increase in learning,and the one who understands obtain guidance” – Proverbs 1:5

Jesse Turner
Enrollment Counselor
Email: turnerje@bethelu.edu
Phone: 731-352-4031

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

So glad that you are thinking about becoming a Wildcat!! My name is Nikki Barnhill and I myself am a May 2014 graduate of Bethel University. My experience as a student and enthusiasm to help others allows me to bring a unique mix of creativity and passion to the enrollment process.

Searching and trying to discover where and when to begin the next and perhaps most important chapter in your live can be a bit intimidating, however with the help of our purple and gold family we can provide insight and guidance along the way. Our various Academic and Athletic programs can create for you a unique and personalized college career. Helping you find financial aid and scholarships is another area where Bethel takes pride in striving to provide support and make funding possible.

Listen to God and follow your heart, and if it leads you here, we will happily help you in every possible to begin your Bethel journey.

I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

Nikki Barnhill
Enrollment Counselor
Email: barnhilln@bethelu.edu
Phone: 731-352-6287

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3)

Hello and thanks for visiting Bethel University’s website! My name is Hayley Hatch and I’m a recent graduate of Bethel. Choosing the college that’s right for you is such an important decision. Being an enrollment counselor I have the opportunity to help guide you on the path of furthering your education. I’d love to answer any questions you may have about our university! I knew God had led me here the moment I arrived. I felt right at home. The possibilities here are endless and I know you will find your place whether it be in one of our many clubs, organization, or athletics. Bethel has grown so much since I began here in 2010 and I can’t wait to see all the plans God has in store for the years to come. We would love to have you come and be a part of our Wildcat family!

Hayley Hatch
Enrollment Counselor
Email: hatchh@bethelu.edu
Phone: 731-352-6289

Hello my name is Terri Delaney and i am the Prospect Coordinator for Enrollment services at Bethel University.  Being in a Christian atmosphere is very important to me and i am very lucky to work in such a place as Bethel.

I come from a large family with 6 other siblings, but i look forward to making it even larger with the family that i have at Bethel.

I am glad you chose to check out our website, and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me at 731-352-6710 or you can email me at delaneyt@bethelu.edu.

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" -- Philippians 4:13

Terri Delaney
Prospect Coordinator
Email: delaneyt@bethelu.edu
Phone: 731-352-6710


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