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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 | | 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


Leith  Anderson

Leith Anderson

Faculty | | Started at Bethel: 2010

Pastoring, teaching, writing, speaking, and leadership.

Rod Casey

Rod Casey

Instructor in Preaching | | 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

Faculty | | Started at Bethel: 2003

Doctor of Ministry

Katie Friesen Smith

Katie Friesen Smith

Faculty, Thesis Advisor | | 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

Professor Emeritus | | 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.

John  Sanders

John Sanders

Faculty | | Started at Bethel: 2000

Ministry and writing

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