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Cleo Koop

Cleo Koop
Disaster Management Professor
Phone 620-327-8294
Office Kropf Center

Affiliated Departments or Programs


  • B.A., Bethel College, North Newton, Kan.
  • M.Div., Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind.

Licensed pastor with Western District Conference, Mennonite Church USA

Personal Statement

I teach at Hesston because of the close connection with students in the classroom and informal activities. Building these relationships is a top priority as these young adults explore career options available to them.

Courses Taught

  • DMgt 105 - Introduction to Disaster Response
  • DMgt 110/120/210/220 - MDS Culture I/II/III/IV
  • DMgt 175 - MDS Summer Field Experience

Also Mennonite Disaster Service transcultural spring break trip and Service-Learning opportunities

In Addition …

Personal interests

I enjoy biking, gardening, travel and carpentry projects.

What draws you to the field of disaster management

I am drawn to Disaster Management because of a passion for serving people through Mennonite Disaster Service. I am energized working with young adults who have a passion for serving in the name of Christ. These two aspects energize and challenge me, as together the students and I grow in our understanding of God leading and guiding us through life.

What about teaching energizes you?

I am energized by teaching when the students grasp the concepts and apply them to practical situations. I enjoy seeing the students learn new skills and push themselves to better themselves.

Who are your role models or mentors? How have they influenced you/your life/your faith/your approach to teaching and/or your discipline?

As a young pastor I was mentored by Marvin Zehr, a seasoned pastor. Through these personal interactions of asking questions, exploring alternative approaches to responding to people and continually challenging myself to grow in understanding myself, I have become a better teacher and mentor for young adults.

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