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M.A. in Children's and Family Ministry Faculty

Our professors are distinguished scholars, active researchers, published writers, and faithful Christians who demonstrate what it means to be both Christ-followers and leaders in their academic fields. As mentors and role models, they play a huge role in the integration of faith and learning at Bethel.

Jeannine Brown

Professor in Doctor of Ministry | j-brown@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2000

Research interests

Dr. Brown has focused much of her research and writing on the Gospels and on hermeneutics. In addition to a book on biblical hermeneutics, she has published two commentaries on Matthew's Gospel and is currently co-writing a third. Brown has also co-written on interdisciplinary topics, such as Christian formation and interdisciplinary integration.

Norah Caudill

Faculty Associate in Christian Thought (M.A.) | n-caudill@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Teaching Specialty

Hebrew, Hebrew Exegesis Various OT courses

Minoa Chang

Faculty Associate in Mental Health Counseling (M.A.) | m-chang@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Areas of expertise

Psychotherapy: chronic mental illness; grief/bereavement; spiritual/religious issues; cultural/acculturation issues. Clinical supervision: clinicians working with children, adults, families and group therapy; serving clients with mental illness and survivors of trauma; with a special interest in minority populations.

Paul Ferris

Professor in Doctor of Ministry | pferris@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1998

Teaching Specialty

Content and exegesis of the First Testament and biblical languages

Katie Friesen Smith

Faculty, Thesis Advisor in None | smikatj@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Teaching Specialty

Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Direction, Leadership, Congregational Systems, Communication, Educational Ministry, Women in Ministry, Team Development, Conflict and Change

Daniel M. Gurtner

Professor in Master of Divinity Professor in Ministry Practice (M.A.) | dgurtner@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Areas of expertise

New Testament

Tim Henderson

Adjunct Instructor of Biblical and Theological Studies | timothy-henderson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Areas of expertise

New Testament and early Christianity

David Howard

Professor in Master of Divinity | dhoward@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1982-1990, 2000-present.

Teaching Specialty

Old Testament, Hebrew, and Hermeneutics

Justin Irving

Professor of Ministry Leadership, Director, Doctor of Ministry, Director, Work with Purpose Initiative, Lead Faculty, Doctor of Ministry in Servant Leadership | j-irving@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2000

Research interests

Leadership Studies; Servant Leadership; Team Effectiveness; Cross-Cultural Leadership; Organizational Change; Ministry Leadership; Purpose in Leadership; Leadership Assessment; Research Methodology and Design; Spiritual and Personal Formation for Leaders

John Koester

Adjunct Instructor | jmk53845@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Areas of expertise

Systemic individual, couple, and family therapy, with particular interest in the development within a system, the development of individuals within those systems, and how growth and change may happen within those relationships

Ben K Lim

Professor in Mental Health Counseling (M.A.) | b-lim@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Areas of expertise

Marriage and Family Therapy

Diana Magnuson

Director of Archives, The History Center in | d-magnuson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1994

Areas of expertise

Magnuson’s primary fields are the United States Census of Population and the history of women in America. She’s also the Director of the History Center, Archives of Bethel University and Converge Worldwide.

Mark McCloskey

Lead Faculty and Professor in Transformational Leadership (M.A.) | m-mccloskey@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1998

Areas of expertise

Biblical theology of leadership, leadership formation, organizational leadership development, team building, virtue-based leadership, strategic planning

Denise Muir Kjesbo

Professor in Children's & Family Ministry (M.A.) Professor in Doctor of Ministry | denise-kjesbo@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2000

Teaching Specialty

Children's and Family Ministry - I am committed to equipping leaders to serve in ministries with children and youth as the crucial mission field of our time - both in the States and around the world. I am passionate about partnering with parents in the spiritual formation of their children and releasing the church as family for all.

David Nah

Associate Professor in Theological Studies (M.A.) | d-nah@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Teaching Specialty

Systematic Theology, Christian Social Ethics, Theology in Global Context, Theology of Religions, World Religions

Kenneth A. Reynhout

Lead Faculty in Christian Thought (M.A.) | reyken@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2014

Research interests

systematic theology, theology and science, continental philosophy, philosophy of science, ethics

Andrew Rowell

Instructor in Master of Divinity | a-rowell@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

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.

Glen Scorgie

Professor in Marital & Family Therapy (M.A.) | g-scorgie@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1996

Areas of expertise

Systematic theology, historical theology, spiritual theology and ethics.

James D. Smith III

Professor in Doctor of Ministry | jds31@cox.net | Started at Bethel: 1988

Areas of expertise

Church History; Historical Theology; Christian biography; Spiritual life & ministry; History of Missions; Women in the Christian Tradition; Henri Nouwen; baseball history

Mark Strauss

Professor in Doctor of Ministry | m-strauss@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1993

Areas of expertise

New Testament, Greek, Bible Translation, and Hermeneutics

Tina Watson Wiens

Program Director and Assistant Professor in Marriage & Family Therapy (M.A.) | tina-wiens@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

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