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Douglas Fombelle

Job Title

  • Faculty
    Doctor of Ministry, Bethel Seminary


Doctor of Ministry

Started at Bethel



  • Bethel Seminary - Doctor of Ministry, 1994


Doug Fombelle is Dean Emeritus of Bethel Seminary of the East where he served from 2003-2013.

He currently serves Denver Seminary as Associate Professor of Leadership and Director of Extension Education. His teaching focus has been on Leadership and the Practice of Ministry.

Doug and his wife Cathy have been married for 41 years and have two married sons.

Courses Taught

Denver Seminary

In Masters Programs; Biblical and Theoretical Foundations for Leadership: Blended Weekend format

In certificate program; Effective Communications for Ministry, seminar

Bethel Seminary of the East

In Masters Program:

The Book of I Corinthians, fully distance format

The Book of Philippians, fully distance format

The Historic Jesus, intensive format

Contextualization for Leaders, fully distance format

Transformational Leadership, multiple formats

Dynamics of Christian Worship, fully distant format

Organizational Leadership and Church Governance, fully distant format

Leading Congregational Worship: fully distant format

In Bethel Seminary's Doctor of Ministry Program

Understanding Congregational Systems, intensive format

Theology as Formation, intensive format


Omicron Delta Kappa, National Leadership Honorary Society


Evangelical Theological Society:

The Da Vinci Code as a Challenge to Truth; 2004 (San Antonio) with co-author Dr. Brad Mellon

The Non-Apostolic Preaching of the Cross; 2005 (Valley Forge) with co-author Dr. Brad Mellon


Facing the Dark Night of your Soul; and Are You Prepared to Lead Men? At the Mighty Men of Valor Conference November 2014; Mentoring Men to Mentor Men; and Transforming Leadership; in the Leadership Track at the Iron Sharpens Iron Men;s Conferences, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013

Transformational Leadership; lecture series at the Missionary Baptist Ministers Conference of DC and Vicinity Annual Preaching Series, Washington DC; May 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010

The Journey of a Lifetime, Mighty Men of Valor, National Men's Conference, Cherry Hill NJ, Nov. 2011;

Certificates and Licenses

Online Teaching and Learning Certificate, 2013 United Theological Seminary, Dayton:

Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

Evangelical Theological Society

Evangelical Seminary Deans; Council: Vice Chairman: 2012, Chairman: 2013; Executive Committee 2014.

Hobbies and Interests

Hiking the Adirondack Mountains


Teaching specialty

Doctor of Ministry


Life is messy and complicatied and sometimes very painful, and that is exactly where Jesus meets us.