“If I hadn’t attended Hartland, I wouldn’t have met my wonderful, God-fearing husband,” says Mary Beth (Weisner) Pritchard, class of ’98.
by Rachel Perry
“I was young and the relationship standards at Hartland supported my need for personal development without heartbreaking distractions,” she continues. “My husband-to-be came to camp meetings and convocations, but while I studied at Hartland he was just an acquaintance. It wasn’t until years later that a friendship developed which led to a life commitment. I am thankful for God’s timing! It is always right!”
Mary Beth chose Hartland College largely because of the positive Christian witness of Hartland students. “While I was a student at Little Creek Academy, some Hartland students visited. Both their countenances and words expressed love and a sincere devotion to follow God wholeheartedly. It made me want more of the things of God. Later, when I was considering where to attend college, my mom thought it would be a good idea to attend Hartland’s graduation. We were so impressed by the graduates and their testimonies!”
Naturally gifted in working with young children, Mary Beth started out majoring in elementary education, but later felt led to switch to health. She relates the following memorable experience:
“While on a mission trip in Honduras, I had a bout with walking pneumonia. Hydrotherapy treatments were applied the congestion. During that time, I remember looking out my window at the mountains and thinking, People actually die out here without hope when, if they only had a knowledge of God’s simple remedies, they could live.” This realization strengthened her burden for health ministry.
Mary Beth is now happily married and is a certified Montessori pre-K and kindergarten teacher. “I have been able to work in our Adventist schools, which I consider a precious privilege and wonderful opportunity to influence children for an eternal life with Jesus. I have found that prayer is the most important factor for success. I love working with the children in my classroom!
“Many of my students have never heard of a vegan-vegetarian. It has been fun discussing the health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables and sharing cherry tomatoes from our garden.”
She thanks God for the education she received at Hartland College. “Our teachers taught with the purpose of conveying knowledge and skills that would make us intelligent, effective missionaries to a suffering and dying world. For this education I am eternally grateful! Today, I carry with me a deep appreciation for God’s Word and a sense of responsibility to share Jesus with others. He truly is coming soon!”