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Doctor of 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.

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

Denise Muir Kjesbo

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.

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

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