Dedicated October 8, 2022

The Betty Kohn Fieldhouse


What a Homecoming Saturday! On the morning of October 8, hundreds gathered to dedicate the new Betty Kohn Fieldhouse. We expressed our gratitude to our gracious God, to our many generous donors, and to Bob and Betty Kohn for their transformational gift.

Here Too We Celebrate Our Lord’s Overwhelming Goodness!

Members of the football team thank God for the Betty Kohn.

An excerpt from President Rich Gurgel’s dedication message

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

(Psalm 139:14)

This verse helps explain why Martin Luther College has used millions of dollars given by so many to build this Betty Kohn Fieldhouse. No, this is not our chapel, as some might almost imagine in a culture that at times does worship sports. The heart of our campus is and, I pray, always remains Chapel of the Christ, where we gather every day to be reminded that the heart of our lives is knowing the forgiveness of sins that is ours alone through the innocent life and sacrificial death of the eternal Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ.

But the Betty Kohn Fieldhouse also celebrates our Lord’s overwhelming goodness! God has not only redeemed our souls, he has redeemed us body and soul. So we rightly also care for the gift of our bodies. We rightly seek to honor that gift through our athletic teams, in our intramural sports, in our physical education classes, and in providing time and place simply to exercise. And the training and activity that happens in this fieldhouse will be multiplied as our students go out into the ministry, where they also will teach the next generations to cherish how fearfully and wonderfully they are made, soul and body. . . .