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Seminary 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.

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 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 Christian formation and interdisciplinary integration.

Eric Bryant

Lead Faculty | bryeri@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

Teaching Specialty

Missional Effectiveness

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 format. I like to experiment/take risks with the preaching process. Lately, I'm intrigued with pericopal theology and speech act theory's (Abraham Kuruvilla) relevance to preaching.

Norah Caudill

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

Teaching Specialty

Hebrew, Hebrew Exegesis Various OT courses

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 in minority populations.

David Clark

Vice President and Dean | 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 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 to speak in the context of respectful personal relationships.

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

Victor Ezigbo

Adjunct Instructor | v-ezigbo@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Areas of expertise

Systematic theology and contextual theology, with special interest in non-Western Christian theologies, particularly Christologies

Paul Ferris

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

Teaching Specialty

Content and exegesis of the First Testament and biblical languages

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

Professor Professor | dgurtner@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Areas of expertise

New Testament

Tim Henderson

Adjunct Instructor of Biblical and Theological 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

Justin Irving

Professor of Ministry Leadership, Director, Doctor of Ministry, Director, Work with Purpose Initiative, Lead Faculty, Doctor of Ministry in Servant Leadership | 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

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

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. 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.

Denise Muir Kjesbo

Professor 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 releasing the church as family for all.

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

Jeanine Parolini

Faculty | jparolin@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, organizational diagnosis & health, and team leadership.

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

Dan Rotach

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology | danny-rotach@bethel.edu

Areas of expertise

Issues of sexuality, conflict management, relationship dynamics.

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, pastoral ministry in literature.

John Sanders

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

Areas of expertise

Ministry and writing

Glen Scorgie

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

Areas of expertise

Systematic theology, historical theology, spiritual theology and ethics.

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

Mark Strauss

Professor | m-strauss@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1993

Areas of expertise

New Testament, Greek, Bible Translation, and Hermeneutics

Tina Watson Wiens

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

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