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, two are representatives of the district executive ministers council of Converge, and additional members are appointed by the Board of Trustees subject to confirmation by the biennial meeting delegates. President Scott Ridout of Converge is an ex-officio member with voting rights. President Jay Barnes and Provost Deb Harless respectively serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the board and Executive Vice President for Bethel University. David Clark is Vice President and Dean of Bethel Seminary. Arnell Motz is 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.