David Clark

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

Started at Bethel



  • Northwestern University - 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 teach at Bethel Seminary. He has served in senior leadership in a church and at Bethel University. He just retired from his last role as VP and Dean of Bethel Seminary. During his years as faculty, he wrote eight books and dozens of articles. And he contributed as a member of several boards, including the national board of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He now serves the wider church through consulting and public speaking.

David is married to Sandy. Together, the Clarks have two sons: Tyler, who lives in Boulder with his wife, Renee, and Ryan, who lives in the Twin Cities with his bride, Rachel. The Clarks have three grandchildren, Griffin, Norah Jane, and Theo. For fun, David enjoys golf, remodeling (he built three different homes for his family), and serious conversations about leadership, ministry, and faith.


"A reasonable faith is not only possible, it's necessary, for the heart cannot embrace what the mind regards as nonsense."