Achieving Excellence through Understanding Mission

Publish date: 27 May 2024

A deep love of learning is what motivated Bethanie Chaplains Kyla Hillmer and Sandra Lewis to juggle their day-to-day work with a full study load.  But their commitment paid off as they celebrated their graduation with Bachelor of Ministry degrees from Perth Bible College in May, and both came away with academic awards.

With high distinctions, Kyla and Sandra were awarded with the prestigious 'Alan F Meers Academic Award' for outstanding academic performance.  Named after the former Principal of the College, Alan Meers is now a resident at Bethanie Gwelup, a lovely full circle moment for both graduates.

For Kyla, the high distinction was not just about a set of grades but rather reflects a love of learning.  “It is being open to challenge and digging deep while exploring meaningful life issues,” she said.  “I will always look back on this time as a profoundly life changing experience.”

The Bachelor degree specialises in Chaplaincy, and their further depth and breadth of understanding of Mission has significantly influenced their roles at Bethanie. 

Sandra observed that the program provided her with a solid understanding of scripture, along with the ability to reason independently and an appreciation for diverse perspectives. It also taught her to feel comfortable with other people's perspectives and their individual approaches to God.

An openness and willingness to understand others is central to their roles as Chaplain and Kyla also noted that she has “become more open, understanding, curious, and eager to contribute positively to the lives of those around me.”

“I felt one of the greatest strengths of the course was its practical focus, rather than being fully intellectual,” said Sandra.  

“It has helped me to consistently reflect on and evaluate the work I do, so I can see where I am doing well and consider ways to improve.”

The Bethanie Chaplaincy program focusses on the whole person, where helping residents maintain a sense of personal meaning, value, and purpose is central to their care and well-being.

“It is an extraordinary privilege to be able to connect with people in profound ways with what brings them meaning and life,” said Sandra.

“It is a joy to care for and minister to a wide variety of people from very diverse backgrounds and beliefs, and work alongside a multidisciplinary team of people to provide the best possible holistic care.”

“I appreciate being part of an organisation that recognises the significance of spiritual care, ensuring that residents feel safe, loved, and understood,” said Kyla.

Bethanie is honoured to nurture the human spirit.  Physically, mentally and spiritually.

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