Category Archives: Baptist General Conference

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Bethel Seminary (DC)

One of two training centers of the Bethel Seminary of the East. Bethel Seminary of the East trains students in the dense populations of New England and Washington, D.C. These convenient teaching centers make seminary education accessible – allowing students to stay in their local communities and ministries.

Bethel University hold programs in existing churches to give students an opportunity to engage in mentorship and community building. Plus, the resources we would use on facilities are channeled right into developing our students.

Bethel University is affiliated with and supported by the congregations of the Baptist General Conference. Fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission—North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the university is also a member of the Christian College Consortium.

Bethel University began in Chicago, Illinois as a seminary for Baptist immigrants from Sweden. John Alexis Edgren opened a department for Scandinavian theological students in the fall of 1871 in the basement of First Swedish Baptist Church in Chicago starting in 1871. The seminary merged with Bethel Academy in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1914. In 1931 the Academy became Bethel Junior College. The addition of a four-year liberal arts college program created Bethel College and Seminary in 1947. The school relocated from St. Paul to Arden Hills, Minnesota in 1972. Beginning in 2004, the institution changed its name to Bethel University.

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Bethel Seminary of the East

Bethel Seminary of the East trains students in the dense populations of New England and Washington, D.C. These convenient teaching centers make seminary education accessible – allowing students to stay in their local communities and ministries.

Bethel University hold programs in existing churches to give students an opportunity to engage in mentorship and community building. Plus, the resources we would use on facilities are channeled right into developing our students.

Bethel University is affiliated with and supported by the congregations of the Baptist General Conference. Fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission—North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the university is also a member of the Christian College Consortium.

Bethel University began in Chicago, Illinois as a seminary for Baptist immigrants from Sweden. John Alexis Edgren opened a department for Scandinavian theological students in the fall of 1871 in the basement of First Swedish Baptist Church in Chicago starting in 1871. The seminary merged with Bethel Academy in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1914. In 1931 the Academy became Bethel Junior College. The addition of a four-year liberal arts college program created Bethel College and Seminary in 1947. The school relocated from St. Paul to Arden Hills, Minnesota in 1972. Beginning in 2004, the institution changed its name to Bethel University.

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Bethel Seminary – San Diego

Serving students in the southwestern United States, Bethel Seminary San Diego is situated on a beautiful campus in Southern California. Currently, the seminary occupies a 20,000 square-foot seminary building that house offices, classrooms, a student center and expanded library facilities with more than 80,000 volumes. Its 300 women and men represent a wide diversity of ages, cultures, vocations, and denominational backgrounds making the seminary experience valuable in ways beyond the classroom.

Although Bethel Seminary is affiliated with Converge Worldwide (Baptist General Conference), they also serve students from more than 50 other denominations. Dr. John R. Lillis is the Dean and Executive Officer of Bethel Seminary San Diego and has served in those positions since 2001. Under his leadership, enrollment has increased dramatically, the number of masters degrees offered has nearly doubled, and the school has added a doctoral degree program.

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Bethel Seminary – St. Paul, Minnesota

Founded in 1971, and now located in St. Paul, Minnesota, Bethel Seminary is one of the 15 largest recognized seminaries in the United States. Nearly 1,400 seminary students are enrolled through the main campus at St. Paul and San Diego and teaching centers in New England and Washington D.C. Guided by orthodox and evangelical beliefs with roots in Pietism, Bethel Seminary is guided by a high view of Scripture and focuses on obedient, personal faith. The St. Paul campus is the only residential campus, which is also the largest campus of Bethel Seminary that occupies 245-wooded acres, including a spring-fed lake. The seminary currently offers a variety of master of arts degree, a master of divinity degree, a doctor of ministry degree as well as graduate and post-graduate degrees.

Bethel Seminary is affiliated with Converge Worldwide (Baptist General Conference) although it serves students from more than 50 denominations. The Seminary operates within Bethel University and the current president is James (Jay) H. Barnes III. He has repeatedly listed Pietism among the distinctive influences on himself.