Alumnus of the Year 2017: Caleb Bislow

by | Sep 12, 2023

Written by Jorge Piquer

In recognition of an outstanding alumna or alumnus of Bethel College who exemplifies the values of the college in his or her personal and professional life.

Caleb Bislow left Bethel College in 2000 with a degree in graphic design and a minor in youth ministry. For five years after graduation, he served as a youth pastor at Colonial Woods Missionary Church. He went on to become an ordained minister with the Missionary Church. Today, he shares the word of God in unusual ways.

He is founder of Unusual Soldiers, training ordinary people to “courageously bring the hope of Christ to dark, dangerous, and despised places around the world.” This part of his ministry led him to write the book, “Dangerous: Engaging the People and Places No One Else Will.” (Bethany House) He is also an itinerant speaker for Forge (

He travels and speaks at a variety of Christian venues across the United States and Canada. He focuses on topics that aim to challenge Christians to take risks and engage in God’s global mission.

Bislow grew up in Nebraska and began following Christ at an early age. He and his wife, Jessica (‘00), have four children.