Bethel students, employees and alumni this week are gratefully remembering Carpenter and his actions.
A service celebrating Carpenter’s life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Everest/Rohrer Chapel on the Bethel College campus. Friends may visit with the family from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in Everest/Rohrer Chapel, and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Bubb Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Carpenter was a professor of Old Testament and a scholar-in-residence at Bethel College, where he taught for 26 years. He also had served as chair of religion and philosophy, and director of graduate studies. Most recently, he was director of the master’s degree program in theological studies.
Carpenter was born Feb. 2, 1943. He graduated from Bethel College in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in biblical literature and English literature, and a minor in Greek. He earned a master of divinity degree in 1973 from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart and a doctoral degree in 1979 in Old Testament and Semitic Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif.
He also served on the faculty of Wheaton College & Graduate School and Asbury Theological Seminary, and taught at other colleges.
Carpenter’s scholarly writing included some 21 published volumes, major contributions to two study Bibles, and numerous dictionary, encyclopedia and journal articles. He was involved in youth ministry in many ways, including positions as youth ministry director, assistant pastor and senior pastor. He did mission work in the Dominican Republic and led study trips to Jerusalem University College.