Why We Give: Steve '97, '99 and Joy (Leatherwood) Bezner '98
By Steve Bezner
Until my senior year in high school, I planned to pursue a degree in political science. Just months before graduating, I felt God calling me to the ministry. I quickly needed to explore other options for college. At the time, Brent Gentzel ’91 was my student pastor and the most influential person in my life. Brent suggested that I consider Hardin-Simmons. I had never even heard of HSU until then. My parents and I visited Hardin-Simmons, and we loved it. Meanwhile, I had been accepted to Baylor and was trying to decide if I would go there or HSU. Then I received a phone call one evening from HSU president Dr. Lanny Hall, encouraging me to choose Hardin-Simmons. My decision was made. If a university president would take the time to call me personally, I knew this was where I wanted to be.
Joy and I both come from loving families that are solidly middle class. However, attending a private university would not have been a reality for either of us without a lot of help. Fortunately, Hardin-Simmons offered that help to both of us with incredibly generous scholarships.
At Hardin-Simmons, we received a top quality education and had professors who mentored us in our respective fields of ministry and education. Some of them even opened their homes to us regularly for meals. We made lifelong friends there. More importantly, we met each other there.
We give to Hardin-Simmons because HSU gave us the opportunity for an education – a Christian education. We give because HSU provided a solid foundation on which we built our marriage, our family, and our careers.
We started giving a small amount monthly in 2002, and we’ve continued ever since. Our gifts aren’t big, but they’re consistent. Just because we can’t write a check for thousands of dollars doesn’t mean that we can’t do something. Combined with lots of other folks doing the same thing, we’re making a difference for current students.
If you would like to make a difference for Hardin-Simmons students, like the Bezners are doing, please contact Eric Bruntmyer, President, or one of our development officers at (325) 670-1260 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.