Barb Waldemar was born and raised in Minnesota. After high school, she attended Bethel College (MN), returning to school in 1990 to pursue her dream of studying Commercial Art and graduating at the top of her class. She married her husband, Jim, one year later. Barb’s passion for education led her to homeschool her first two children through high school. Her oldest daughter is currently attending BCS. Barb also has a son in high school and younger daughter adopted from China in 2006. Traveling to China to adopt a new family member was one of the highlights of her family’s life together.
Barb and Jim became members of Bethlehem Baptist Church in 2005, after coming to love the Doctrines of Grace at a previous church. Since becoming members at Bethlehem, they have enjoyed taking many classes together through the The Bethlehem Institute (a lay education division of BCS) and serving ministries of the college, and urban ministries of the church. Their passion for urban ministry led them to buy and renovate a home in an urban neighborhood, part of which is also home for some of BCS’s students.
Barb began working with BCS as the Housing Coordinator when college programming began in 2009, later adding the role of “Events Planner” to her job description as well. Barb’s other roles at the college include organizing the college woman’s mentoring program, helping with donor development, and serving on the Admissions Committee. Her enthusiastic support of BCS and love for the women of the college recently culminated in her current role as Dean of Women. Barb’s greatest joy in working at BCS is knowing the students and watching God at work in them, preparing them for the next phase of life.
Barb loves to express creativity through gardening and baking. She also loves to read, run, explore new places, and renovate houses with Jim.