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Dr. Beth Delaney

Cedarville Stories Podcast: Choosing Love in Tough Times

by Clem Boyd, Communication Content Manager

Beth Delaney and Tom MachLife is a process of learning what we can control and what we can’t, and how to trust the Lord through it all. Dr. Beth Delaney’s experience is a testimony to that truth. Finding that balance and learning to trust Jesus more and more have given Beth, Associate Professor of Nursing, a resilient faith and a steadfast love for the Lord.

Her story began in nearby Xenia, where she grew up and graduated from high school. Her dad became addicted to pain medications and alcohol in the wake of a devastating traffic accident. In spite of the hardships at home, her mom committed to taking Beth and her brother to church. When she met her husband Greg in high school, she started attending his family’s church in Xenia, and she grew in her relationship with Christ.

During 34 years of marriage, Greg and Beth have worked through Greg’s own addiction to alcohol, which he began using as a way to cope with the stresses of being a very successful international business professional. In the end, the business was lost, and Beth and Greg faced bankruptcy. Their faith survived that ordeal, and they are now being used by Christ to serve others currently in the midst of substance abuse disorder.

Beth’s career has led her to walk alongside those facing another painful trial – a terminal cancer diagnosis. As a nurse and family nurse practitioner, she has focused on oncology, palliative care, and hospice, presently with the Dayton Physicians Group.

“When you stand at the bedside of thousands of people who have left this earth and go into eternity, you learn a lot of things,” she explains in the podcast. “What I have learned is what I have control over, which is not much, and what I do have control over is what Jesus said, ‘Love God and love others.’ That I have control over every single day.”

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Beth was named to the Ohio Attorney General’s Scientific Committee on Opioid Prevention and Education (SCOPE) in 2019.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,550 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, including its Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner programs, strong graduation, and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and high student engagement ranking. For more information about the University, visit

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