Bethel Seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools, the national accrediting agency for theological schools in the United States and Canada. The seminary also is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


Bethel University, including its seminary, is governed by a board of at least 20, and not more than 35, trustees. A majority are elected by the delegates to the biennial meeting of Converge Worldwide, two are representatives of the district executive ministers council of Converge Worldwide, and additional members are appointed by the Board of Trustees subject to confirmation by the biennial meeting delegates. The president of Converge Worldwide is an ex-officio member with voting rights. The president of Bethel University is the chief executive officer of the board. The provost for Bethel University, Deb Harless, is provost for all schools of the university, including Bethel Seminary. David Clark is vice president and dean of Bethel Seminary. Arnell Motz is acting dean and executive officer of Bethel Seminary San Diego.

Bethel Seminary operates within Bethel University, a leading institution for Christian higher education with students from around the world enrolled in more than 100 bachelor’s and advanced degree programs through the Seminary, College of Arts & Sciences, College of Adult & Professional Studies, and Graduate School.