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David Clark

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Dr. Clark's academic discipline is philosophy of religion. He has special interests in epistemology, the problem of evil, religious ethics, and the relation of theology to science. In addition to philosophy of religion, he has taught systematic theology and apologetics. His approach emphasizes dialogue: he invites students to learn how to support their faith perspectives with solid critical reasons. In this day of uncivil discourse, he also challenges them to listen to others, to serve, and to speak in the context of respectful personal relationships.

Started at Bethel



  • Northwestern University and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary - Ph.D. , 1982
  • Trinity Evangelical Divinity School - M.A. , 1976
  • Houghton College - B.A., 1974


David Clark and his family moved to Minnesota in 1988 to begin serving at Bethel Seminary, teaching doctrine, apologetics, and ethics, as an associate professor of theology. He has pastored at Faith Covenant Church in Burnsville, MN, and served as provost for Bethel University. Previously he taught at Toccoa Falls College (GA).

David is married to Sandy, who works in Investor Services for Bethel Seminary. The Clarks have two adult sons: Tyler, who lives in Boston with his wife, Renee, and Ryan, who lives in the Twin Cities with his bride, Rachel. Ryan and Rachel are the parents of 2 year old twins, Griffin and Norah Jane and newborn baby Theo. 

David attended Houghton College (NY) for his B.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (IL) for his M.A., and Northwestern University (IL) for his Ph.D. He has written or co-written eight books and dozens of articles. He serves the wider church through a public speaking ministry. And he has contributed as a member of several boards, including the national board of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

For fun, David enjoys sports like golf. He also enjoys building having constructed three different homes for his family. Besides spending time with family, his greatest joy is exploring eternal questions with anyone who is curious about intellectual questions and serious about faith in Jesus Christ.