Laura Gilbertson

Job Titles


Systematic theology, liberation theologies, sociology of religion, sociology of race, and topics connected to justice and reconciliation.

Started at Bethel



  • University of Minnesota - B.A., 2000
  • Bethel Seminary - M.Div., 2005
  • University of Minnesota - PhD in Sociology, In progress


Gilbertson has taught theology at Bethel University since 2005. She has served as Pastor of Care Ministries at Westwood Community Church, and continues to serve in a non-staff position through teaching and preaching. For several years, she served as Assistant Director of Spiritual Formation at Bethel University, where she oversaw small group discipleship. While in seminary, she received training for hospital chaplaincy and interned with Fairview Hospitals. She is passionate about equipping women and men to use their gifts in diverse ministry settings.

Courses Taught

  • CHMN300: Foundations of Christian Ministry
  • THEO441/THE201: Christian Theology
  • BIBL341: The Gospel in Cross Cultural Perspective
  • CORE300: Community, Self, and Formation
  • THEO415: Understanding Worldviews
  • BIB308J: Biblical Theology of Reconciliation

Areas of expertise

American evangelicalism, sociology of race, liberation theologies.