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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.

Program Directors & Lead Faculty

Justin Irving

Justin Irving

Program Director | j-irving@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2000

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

Faculty

Leith  Anderson

Leith Anderson

| Leith.Anderson@wooddale.org | Started at Bethel: 2010

Pastoring, teaching, writing, speaking, and leadership.

Rod Casey

Rod Casey

| rlc28355@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Dr. Casey loves to consider the intersection of a robust theology, a contextualized audience, and best practices of communication. His doctoral project involved the application of Christian education methods into standara evangelical homiletic practice. Or, putting the sermon beyond the lecture format. He likes to experiment and take risks with the preaching process.

Douglas Fombelle

Douglas Fombelle

| d-fombelle@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2003

Doctor of Ministry

Katie Friesen Smith

Katie Friesen Smith

| smikatj@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

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

Denise Muir Kjesbo

Denise Muir Kjesbo

| denise-kjesbo@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2000

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.

Jeanine Parolini

Jeanine Parolini

| j-parolini@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Dr. Parolini has developed thousands of leaders in hundreds of organizations throughout the world. Her passion is to invest in principled leaders and learning organizations. Jeanine coaches leaders, teams and organizations to be continuous learners, self-aware, trustworthy, responsible, collaborative, empowering and innovative. She speaks and writes on a variety of topics involving effective leadership, teams and organizational life.

John  Sanders

John Sanders

| sandersjohng@gmail.com | Started at Bethel: 2000

Ministry and writing

James D. Smith III

James D. Smith III

| jd-smith@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1988

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

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