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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

Program Director and Professor | 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

Denise Muir Kjesbo

Lead Faculty and Professor | 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. . . read more.

Karen Quek

Program Director and Associate Professor | karen-quek@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Research interests

Gender construction in couples' relationship · International couples relational dynamic · Cultural competency in clinical supervision · Development of the self of the therapist ·Family and couples processes

Kenneth A. Reynhout

Lead Faculty | reyken@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2014

Research interests

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

Tina Watson Wiens

Program Director and Assistant Professor | tina-wiens@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013


Leith Anderson

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

Areas of expertise

Pastoring, teaching, writing, speaking, and leadership.

Jeannine Brown

Professor of New Testament | 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 C. . . read more.

Eric Bryant

Professor | bryeri@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2-13

Teaching Specialty

Missional Ministry, Intercultural Communication, Missional Innovation, Missional Contextualization

Rod Casey

Instructor in Preaching | rlc28355@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Research interests

I love to consider the intersection of a robust theology, a contextualized audience, and best practices of communication. My doctoral project involved the application of Christian education methods into standard evangelical homiletic practice. Simply put, moving the sermon beyond the lecture fo. . . read more.

Howard Cassidy-Moffatt

Adjunct Faculty | hoc45784@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2011

Teaching Specialty

The Theology and Practice of Christian Ministry.

Norah Caudill

Faculty Associate of Old Testament | n-caudill@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Teaching Specialty

Hebrew, Hebrew Exegesis, Old Testament

Minoa Chang

Faculty Associate | 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. . . read more.

David Clark

Vice President and Dean and Faculty | d-clark@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1988

Teaching Specialty

Dr. Clark's academic discipline is philosophy of religion. He has special interests in epistemology, the problem of evil, religious ethics, and the relation of theology to science. In addition to philosophy of religion, he has taught systematic theology and apologetics. His approach emphasizes . . . read more.

Christian Collins Winn

Adjunct Associate Faculty in Theological Studies | ctcollin@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Areas of expertise

Historical and systematic theology, with special interest in post-reformation and modern theology

Paul Ferris

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

Teaching Specialty

Content and exegesis of the First Testament and biblical languages

Anne-Marie Finsaas

Adjunct Professor | afinsaas@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Areas of expertise

Faith formation in children and adults; the role of suffering in faith formation; ministry to families; cross-cultural teaching

Douglas Fombelle

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

Teaching Specialty

Doctor of Ministry

Katie Friesen Smith

Faculty, Thesis Advisor | 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

Adjunct Faculty | dgurtner@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Areas of expertise

New Testament

Tim Henderson

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

Areas of expertise

New Testament and early Christianity

David Howard

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

Teaching Specialty

Old Testament, Hebrew, and Hermeneutics

Joel Jueckstock

Adjunct Professor of Spiritual and Personal Formation and Professor | juejoe@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2009

Areas of expertise

practical theology; pastoral care and counseling; personal and spiritual formation; grief, loss and transition; chaplaincy; leadership; bioethics.

Peter Kapsner

Teaching Partner in Theological Studies | kappet@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Areas of expertise

New Testament. Church history and engagement with culture. Leadership in ministry. Human sexuality. Spiritual formation.

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 | b-lim@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Areas of expertise

Marriage and Family Therapy

Shane Long

Adjunct Instructor | shane-long@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Areas of expertise

Family systems, differentiation of self, narrative and constructivist approaches in therapy, socio-economic and cultural issues in therapy, and integration of religion and spirituality in the field of psychotherapy.

Diana Magnuson

Director of Archives, The History Center | 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 | 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

Kim Meyer

Adjunct in Marriage and Family Studies | k-meyer@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1997

Areas of expertise

Dr. Meyer has been teaching since 1989 in nursing theory, fundamentals of nursing, ethics, psychiatric mental health nursing in the undergraduate program; theory and nurse educator courses in the graduate program and psychopathology in the marriage and family therapy program at Bethel Seminary.. . . read more.

Deb Moncauskas

Professor | debra-moncauskas@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2004

Teaching Specialty

Dr. Deb Moncauskas is an Adjunct Professor at Bethel Seminary, teaching since 2004 in the Master of Arts degree program in Children and Family Ministry. Her areas of focus are leadership and staff development, generational distinctives and ministry administration. She earned her D.Min in 2012. . . . read more.

David Nah

Associate Professor | d-nah@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Teaching Specialty

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

Lyn Nixon

Adjunct Faculty | nixlyn@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2009

Teaching Specialty

Greek, Hermeneutics, New Testament, Biblical Theology, The Use of the OT in the NT

Sandra Oslund

Library Director, Bethel Seminary St. Paul | s-oslund@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2003

Areas of expertise

As director of the St. Paul seminary library, I collaborate with teaching faculty and lead the library staff in fulfilling the seminary’s educational mission.

Jeanine Parolini

Instructor and Dissertation Adviser | j-parolin@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Areas of expertise

Leadership theory & development, transformational & servant leadership, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, coaching & mentoring, ethics, self-leadership & assessment, leadership communication, strengths-based leadership, organizational development, change & change leadership, organiza. . . read more.

Andrew Rowell

Instructor | 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, pasto. . . read more.

Andrew Russell

Adjunct Assistant Professor of General Studies | andrew-russell@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

Research interests

The Keswick Movement, Religious Practices, the Modern Missionary Movement, the East African Revival, the Christian and Missionary Alliance, John Wesley, Jonathan Edwards

John Sanders

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

Areas of expertise

Ministry and writing

Mary Sanders

Faculty Associate | Mary-sanders@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2004

Areas of expertise

Spiritual and Personal Formation and Marriage and Family Therapy.

Glen Scorgie

Professor of Theology | g-scorgie@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1996

Areas of expertise

Systematic theology, historical theology, spiritual theology and ethics.

Timothy Senapatiratne

Faculty | t-senapatiratne@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2001

Research interests

Currently, I have focused my research on three separate, but interrelated areas. First, I have focused my research on the Hebrew Bible with a special emphasis on Wisdom Literature. I am particularly interested in how Biblical Wisdom Literature borrows from other wisdom traditions within the A. . . read more.

James D. Smith III

Professor | 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

Scott Strand

Adjunct Faculty | scott-strand@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2011

Areas of expertise

Personal Formation, Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Direction

Mark Strauss

University Professor of New Testament | m-strauss@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1993

Areas of expertise

New Testament, Greek, Bible Translation, and Hermeneutics

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