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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

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

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.

Karen Quek

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

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

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

Pastoring, teaching, writing, speaking, and leadership.

Jeannine Brown

Professor of New Testament | j-brown@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2000

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.

Eric Bryant

Professor | bryeri@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

Missional Ministry, Intercultural Communication, Missional Innovation, Missional Contextualization

Rod Casey

Instructor in Preaching | 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.

Howard Cassidy-Moffatt

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

The Theology and Practice of Christian Ministry.

Norah Caudill

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

Hebrew, Hebrew Exegesis, Old Testament

Minoa Chang

Faculty Associate | m-chang@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

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 in minority populations.

David Clark

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

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 dialogue: he invites students to learn how to support their faith perspectives with solid critical reasons. In this day of uncivil discourse, he also challenges them to listen to others, to serve, and. . . read more.

Dennis R. Edwards

Adjunct Faculty | dedwards@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Paul Ferris

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

Content and exegesis of the First Testament and biblical languages

Anne-Marie Finsaas

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

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

Katie Friesen Smith

Faculty, Thesis Advisor | 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

Daniel M. Gurtner

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

New Testament

Tim Henderson

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

New Testament and early Christianity

David Howard

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

Old Testament, Hebrew, and Hermeneutics

Joel Jueckstock

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

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

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

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

Dr. Lim's specializations include premarital counseling, marriage enrichment, parenting, multi-cultural therapy, spiritual issues, missionaries and pastoral self-care, trauma, grief and loss issues, as well as relational difficulties. In addition to training therapists, he also teaches pastoral care classes for ministers of the Gospel. An ordained minister, Ben has pastored for many years in different churches in Malaysia, Singapore, Texas, and California. Ben is also an AAMFT approved supe. . . read more.

Shane Long

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

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

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

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

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. Areas of specific interest include: theory, ethics, mental health and mental illness in society and the church, women's issues, and innovations in nursing education.. . . read more.

Deb Moncauskas

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

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. Her dissertation focused on strengths-based leadership development for pre-teens.

David Montzingo

Adjunct Professor | djm86768@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Dr. Montzingo is the assisting priest at Holy Spirit Anglican Church, San Diego as well as Canon for Clergy Formation in the Diocese of Western Anglicans, the Anglican Church in North America. As an Adjunct Professor for Anglican Studies at Bethel Seminary San Diego, he brings expertise in the areas of pastoral ministry, spiritual direction, Christian healing, and Anglican history.

Arnell Motz

Dean & Executive Officer and Professor | a-motz@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Dr. Motz serves Bethel Seminary San Diego as the Dean & Executive Officer and teaches as faculty for preaching and missional leadership. Arnell's ministry career has been in missions. He has served 12 years as the Executive Director of Outreach Canada and SIM Canada. He also has 10 years of field service in Ethiopia and Bolivia.

David Nah

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

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

Pauline Nichols

Associate Professor Traditional SD & In Ministry | pauline.nichols@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2009

Find me either in the mountains of San Diego or in the villages of the NI7S in Southeast Asia.

Lyn Nixon

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

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

Andre Ong

Adjunct Professor | a-ong@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

André Ong is Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics at Bethel Theological Seminary, San Diego.

Sandra Oslund

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

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

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, organizational diagnosis & health, and team leadership.

Andrew Rowell

Instructor | a-rowell@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

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, pastoral ministry in literature.

Andrew Russell

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

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

Ministry and writing

Mary Sanders

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

Spiritual and Personal Formation and Marriage and Family Therapy.

Glen Scorgie

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

Systematic theology, historical theology, spiritual theology and ethics.

Timothy Senapatiratne

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

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 Ancient Near East. Second, I am also interested in understanding how our own personal hermeneutics impact the reading of Scripture. I am particularly interested in Asian and Asian American hermeneuti. . . read more.

James D. Smith III

Professor | jds31@cox.net | 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

Scott Strand

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

Personal Formation, Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Direction

Mark Strauss

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

New Testament, Greek, Bible Translation, and Hermeneutics

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