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Andrew Rowell

Job Titles

  • Instructor
    Master of Divinity, Bethel Seminary
    Ministry (M.A.), Bethel Seminary

Started at Bethel



  • Taylor University - B.A., 1998
  • Regent College - M.Div., 2002
  • Duke Divinity School - Th.D. (in progress), 2016

Research interests

Karl Barth, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Lesslie Newbigin, Eugene Peterson, church planting, church consulting, megachurches, trends in theological education, business management, the quantitative study of congregations in sociology, models of practical theology, the history of pastoral ministry, pastoral ministry in literature.


Andy Rowell grew up in Wheaton, Illinois and was involved with sports and student government. He triple-majored at Taylor University--studying abroad twice and playing baseball. He then did a semester abroad at Jerusalem University College with his future wife Amy. After getting married, Amy and Andy lived for six years in Vancouver, Canada both doing M.Div. degrees at Regent College and serving in pastoral ministry. Then Amy and Andy taught Christian ministry at Taylor University for two years. Next Andy did his doctoral work at Duke Divinity School, while Amy served on church staff at Blacknall Presbyterian Church in Durham, North Carolina. Andy is presently finishing his dissertation on Karl Barth's theology of the church. In his first two years at Bethel Seminary, Andy has taught nine different courses including the development of interactive online courses via webcam. Andy and Amy have three children: Ryan, Jacob, and Alice. They live in Minneapolis where Amy is Pastor of Community Life at City Church. Andy can be found on Twitter at @AndyRowell

Courses Taught

Missional Outreach and Evangelism, Discipleship in Community, Introduction to Transformational Leadership, Contemporary Models of the Church, Senior Seminar in Ministry Leadership, Leading Congregational Worship, The Global Church in Mission, Organizational Leadership and Church Governance, Theology and Practice of Pastoral Ministry


2013. “Karl Barth’s Growing Appreciation for Dietrich Bonhoeffer.” Pages 62-69 in Karl Barth in Conversation, edited by David Congdon and W. Travis McMaken. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2013.

2010, September 23. “Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites. Or are they? A sociologist investigates.” Review of the book Christians are Hate-Filled Hypocrites . . . and Other Lies You’ve Been Told: A Sociologist Shatters Myths From the Secular and Christian Media by Bradley Wright. Books & Culture online. Online: http://www.booksandculture.com/articles/webexclusives/2010/september/hatefilledhypocrites.html

2010, September 9. “‘The Gospel Makes the Everyday Possible’: 70-year old Duke theologian Stanley Hauerwas explains his new memoir, addresses his critics, and explains why he says, ‘We’re all congregationalists now.’ Interview by Andy Rowell.” Christianity Today online. Online: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2010/septemberweb-only/46-41.0.html

2010, June 4. “Bonhoeffer: The Evangelical Hero.” Review of the book Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, by Eric Metaxas. Books & Culture online. Online: http://www.booksandculture.com/articles/webexclusives/2010/june/bonhoeffer.html

2010, May 6. “Jim Belcher, Francis Chan, N.T. Wright, and Others Leave the Pastorate to Write and Speak: Why church planters often quit their congregations.” Christianity Today online. Online: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2010/mayweb-only/28-41.0.html

2009, November 2. “Catalyst, Liturgy, and Innovation.” Leadership Journal’s Out of Ur blog. Online: http://www.outofur.com/archives/2009/11/catalyst_liturg.html

2008, December 16. “Missional vs. Attractional: Debating the Data.” Leadership Journal’s Out of Ur blog. Online: http://www.outofur.com/archives/2008/12/missional_vs_at.html


2008, December 4. “Megachurch Misinformation.” Leadership Journal’s Out of Ur blog. Online: http://www.outofur.com/archives/2008/12/megachurch_misi.html


2007, November 6. “Are Pastors Competitive Enough?” Leadership Journal’s Out of Ur blog. Online: http://www.outofur.com/archives/2007/11/are_pastors_com.html

2007, July 26. “A Former Pastor Goes Church Shopping” Leadership Journal’s Out of Ur blog. Online: http://www.outofur.com/archives/2007/07/a_former_pastor.html  

2007. Review of the book Dissident Discipleship: A Spirituality of Self-Surrender, Love of God, and Love of Neighbor by David Augsburger. Christian Scholar’s Review 36: 236-239.

 2007. Review of the book Off-Road Disciplines: Spiritual Adventures of Missional Leaders by Earl Creps. Leadership Journal (Winter 2007): 76.

 2006, April 27. “Image Isn’t Everything: the uneasy conscience of a GenX pastor.” Leadership Journal’s Out of Ur blog. Online: http://blog.christianitytoday.com/outofur/archives/2006/04/image_isnt_ever.html

 2006, April 30. “Image Isn’t Everything 2: depth and transparency offer hope for GenX.” Leadership Journal’s Out of Ur blog. Online: http://blog.christianitytoday.com/outofur/archives/2006/04/image_isnt_ever_1.html


2010, November 20. “John Howard Yoder’s Missional Exiles and Jeremiah 29: A Case Study for Missional Hermeneutics.” The Gospel in Our Culture Network (GOCN) Forum on Missional Hermeneutics. Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA.

2010, June 18. “Evaluating John Howard Yoder’s Evangelism as Exilic Existence.” The Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education (AETE) Annual Meeting. Techny Towers, IL.

2010, June 20. “Reading Bonhoeffer’s Life Together as a Critique and Affirmation of Missiology.” American Society of Missiology (ASM) Annual Meeting. Techny Towers, IL.

2006, November 15. “Emerging churches in dialogue with Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A fresh practical theology of discipleship for the church.” Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. 

Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

American Academy of Religion, American Society of Missiology, Association for Evangelism in Theological Education, International Dietrich Bonhoeffer Society, Karl Barth Society of North America, North American Professors of Christian Education.

Hobbies and Interests

Coaching youth baseball, soccer, and basketball.