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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.


Paul Ferris

Professor, Hebrew Bible | pferris@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1998

Teaching specialty

Content and exegesis of the First Testament and biblical languages


Ryan Gunderson

Associate Dean for Student Affairs | ryan-gunderson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2010

Areas of expertise

Couple and family therapy; families as systems; dynamics of interpersonal relationships; personal formation; differentiation of self


Denise Muir Kjesbo

Professor of Children's and Family 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.

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