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New Faculty Welcomed into Growing Post-traditional Programs

Adult learners make up a large and growing percentage of Bethel’s student body, with classes happening in St. Paul, San Diego, and fully online. This year, Bethel’s post-traditional programs—the College of Adult & Professional Studies (CAPS), Bethel Seminary, and Graduate School (GS)—welcomed four new full-time teaching faculty to help meet the needs of adult students and programs.

John Dunne begins a three-year appointment in New Testament, based at Bethel Seminary’s St. Paul campus. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where he worked with well-known New Testament scholar and Pauline theologian N.T. Wright on Pauline studies. In addition to his dissertation, “Persecution in Galatians: Identity, Destiny, and the Use of Isaiah,” he’s published a number of journal articles and a book, Esther and Her Elusive God. “John brings an energy and passion to the classroom as he teaches students the New Testament,” write Jeannine Brown and Justin Irving, Bethel Seminary interim co-vice presidents and deans.

Steven Droll joins Bethel University’s faculty as a professor in the MBA and business management programs. Droll brings more than 25 years of international business experience in Europe, Israel, South America, and Australia; he’s also done missionary work in Argentina and Guatemala. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Financial Management from Clemson University in South Carolina, a Master of International Business Studies, Global Business/International Finance from the University of South Carolina, and an Executive Doctorate in Business - Organizational Leadership and Management from Georgia State University.

Krystal Humphreys joins the Graduate School as an assistant professor in the M.A. in Counseling Program. She received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision and her master's degree in Counselor Education/School Counseling from Texas Tech University. Her research specialties include domestic minor sex trafficking, non-suicidal self-injury, and children and adolescents in military families.

Ben Kim joins the Marital and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling programs at Bethel Seminary San Diego as a visiting professor for the 2017-2018 academic year. “Throughout my lifetime, I have covered the three different but complementary ‘Ps’ of professions: I have been a pastor for more than 10 years, a professor in various venues, and a licensed marriage and family psychotherapist,” says Kim, as relayed by Associate Provost Randy Bergen. Ben received his M.Div. and M.S. from Fuller Theological Seminary, Th.M. from Princeton Seminary, and Ph.D. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity.  

Official fall 2017 enrollment numbers are 403 students in the College of Adult & Professional Studies (CAPS), 1,137 in the Graduate School (GS), and 563 in Bethel Seminary. Post-traditional (adult) students make up 45% of the total Bethel student body.