Bethel Seminary is located in the Anderson Center, about a mile from Bethel’s main campus in St. Paul, Minnesota. Here you can explore the Bible and its history as you ground yourself in theology, transformational leadership, and spiritual and personal growth. This section covers campus specific resources, special programs and student services. For more detailed academic information and a list of degrees, please see the "St. Paul" section of the Academic Information portion of this catalog.
Campus and Community Resources
Bethel Seminary St. Paul is located in the Anderson Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Bethel University offers Undergraduate coursework for students in numerous areas of study. Social, cultural, and athletic activities are abundant. The university also offers numerous adult education, degree completion, graduate and doctoral programs.
The seminary is bordered by freeways that go directly to the heart of Minneapolis and St. Paul, and is on Highway 51 (Snelling Avenue), a direct route to St. Paul’s midway district. Our location facilitates convenient access to churches, industrial centers, and other institutions of learning, including the University of Minnesota, several liberal arts colleges, and three theological seminaries. The library resources of these educational institutions are available to seminary students, as are those of the public libraries of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The Twin Cities area also offers many opportunities for cultural enrichment.
Buildings and Facilities
Small-Town and Rural Ministry
As one of five seminaries of the Minnesota Consortium of Theological Schools, Bethel students may take courses and other learning experiences offered annually through consortium partner schools with a focus on ministry in small towns and rural areas.
Bethel Seminary also partners with the Rural Home Missionary Association’s Town and Country Training Program. The program offers summer courses focused on contextualized training in small towns and rural settings. Courses of study include ministry, ministry leadership, pastoral care, faith communication, and a seminar in small-town and rural ministry.
Edwin J. Omark Preaching Competition
Half a century ago, Dean Emeritus Edwin J. Omark established a competition at Bethel Seminary designed to bring out the best in biblical preaching from the students. Each year, Bethel Seminary hosts this competition as one more way to help develop the best communicators of the Gospel. Each contestant submits a video recording of a 25-minute sermon to be judged by faculty and students.
To inspire and reward excellence in the areas of Biblical Language and Theology, Bethel Seminary St. Paul partners with Zondervan Publishing Company to offer Zondervan’s Awards for Excellence in Greek, Hebrew, and Theology. These awards are given annually to the most outstanding students in Greek and Hebrew grammar and exegesis, and Theology as determined by residential faculty in consultation with other instructors at the seminary. The winners will receive a prize of a Zondervan product of his or her choice, a commemorative pin, and have his or her name engraved on a plaque displayed in the seminary library.
Adolf Olson Memorial Lectures
The Adolf Olson lectureship was established to perpetuate the memory of Professor Olson’s 40-year ministry at Bethel by bringing noted theologians to the seminary for lectures in biblical and theological fields. These lectures are presented at intervals as determined by the income from the trust fund that has been established. Presenters have included John Weborg speaking on “Spirituality: Questions and Quest”; Wolfhart Pannenberg addressing the subject “Christianity, Marxism, and Liberation Theology”; and Stanley Grenz lecturing on “The Gospel and the Star Trek Generation.”
Athletics and Wellness
On-campus facilities are available for Bethel Seminary St. Paul students, staff, and faculty. The campus is ideal for cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing in the winter, and outdoor tennis courts and a disc golf course are available for the summer. Seminary students are also invited to use the two wellness centers on the university campus: (1) the Sports and Recreation Center, which includes an indoor six-lane running track and basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts, and (2) The Wellness Center, a two-story workout facility with cutting-edge training equipment and studio spaces for group fitness. Facilities are designed so that students can enjoy amazing views while running on treadmills near floor-to-ceiling windows, move through a circuit-training workout, or join a group fitness class.
Child Development Center
The Bethel Child Development Center (CDC), a lab school for Bethel undergrad elementary education students taking classes toward their pre-primary endorsement, is located in North Village. Several services are available to the seminary community through the center, including childcare for children ages six weeks to five years old. The CDC offers both part-time and full-time care. All seminary students receive a 20% tuition discount while attending classes. For more information on enrollment and tuition, please contact the CDC Director, Lakeisha Weems at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651.638.6147.
Bethel Seminary provides two resources for students who desire personal counseling:
- Short-Term Counseling: The Associate Dean of Formation and Professional Development (651.635.8524), has a limited number of counseling hours available for students free of charge. Students can contact the associate dean directly.
- Professional Counseling: Confidential counseling is available for seminary students dealing with issues of stress, relationships, sense of call, emotional well-being, addictions, etc. Students may access the Bethel University Counseling Services by calling 651.635.8540. The seminary provides up to six sessions at no fee through the Counseling Center. If the student and counselor agree that further work would be helpful, additional sessions can be arranged for a small fee. The Office of Formation and Professional Development also provides referrals to competent therapists outside of Bethel and will subsidize up to six sessions of counseling with approved, licensed therapists (contact office for criteria). If a student has mental health benefits through his/her personal health insurance plan, these benefits can be applied to cover costs, in addition to the subsidy. Students may contact their advisor for more information.
Students may purchase meals from the university’s Monson Dining Center, 3900 Grill, or Royal Grounds. Vending machines containing beverages and snacks are also located in the Seminary Lower Campus Center. Water and ice are always available in the Seminary Lower Campus Center as well.
Health Services facilities are located on the university campus. A registered nurse is on duty at regular hours Monday through Friday with a physician on campus at scheduled times during the week. This service is provided for minimal cost to full-time students. Health Services hours, services, and the schedule of the campus physician are listed on the Health Services website.
All Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Ministry, and Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership students are required to participate in a supervised ministry sequence during their degree programs.
These courses engage the application of ministry skills and personal developmental goals in a context that considers the individual’s design for ministry vocational direction. Accountability relationships, regular reflection, and degree-specific outcomes are woven into the practical ministry experiences. In Professional Internship and Chaplaincy Internship (Master of Divinity or Master of Arts in Ministry students), course credit is only granted for internship experiences that have received pre-approval from the Office of Internship and Placement.
Office of Student Success and Retention
The Office of Student Success and Retention provides essential services, resources and support for the post-traditional student body of Bethel Seminary. From the first day of class until the completion of one's degree, The Office of Student Success and Retention creates a positive learning experience for students by providing them with all they need to know and do to be successful in their respective programs. This includes walking students through the new student orientation process, connecting students to important personnel and resources, and overseeing academic advising services to help adult learners reach their educational goals and pursuits while supporting wholeness and holiness in their studies and their lives.
Peer tutorial assistance is available to students. Students may contact their advisor for more information.