Dan Bodiker, who is “50 in his heart, 60 in his body” was a long time Bethany Christian teacher, coach and served as athletic director. Though officially retired, he still teaches and coaches some and volunteers driving bus.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Lima, Ohio. It is a town about 125 miles from here.
How long have you lived here?
I have basically lived in Goshen since 1960 when I came here to go to Goshen College.
What schools did you attend?
I went to Goshen College from 1960-64 and Indiana University in summers from 1970-73.
What is your fondest memory of this community?
It is hard because I have had many fond memories from my college days, many from my teaching times, and many from just living in the community. The one thing that has been common in all of these memories is the good people around here that has made this a good place to live.
I have had the privilege of teaching at Bethany Christian High School for many years and driver’s education at Goshen High School. I have been amazed at how many great students we have in the community. And even more so; what many have become.
Describe the essence of this community
We are a caring community. It is easy to think about four events that help shape this answer. Every year, the community supports the Mennonite Relief Sale and the Golden Rod benefit. Several years ago when one of Goshen’s High School students was paralyzed in a car accident, the community was helping in many ways to make life better for her. Last spring the response was “overwhelming” for Barrett Younghans. Truly, we are a caring community.