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Founded in 1905, Bethany Theological Seminary is the graduate school and academy for theological education for the Church of the Brethren. Rooted in Anabaptism and Pietism, the Church of the Brethren offers a unique blend of practicality and spirituality. Brethren emphasize service, simple living, and the importance of the faith community. Along with the Quakers (The Society of Friends) and Mennonites, the Church of the Brethren is a historic peace church, conscientiously opposed to all war, and intentional about working with peacemaking and reconciliation concerns.

We are more than an institution which offers courses and grants degrees. We are a community of faith and learning whose members create a common life, build significant relationships, contribute to mutual growth, celebrate joys, share concerns, worship and pray together, and hold one another accountable to shared goals and values. The marks of a Bethany education include building true community, seeking and making peace, advocating God’s justice, reconciling hostile parties, serving human need, and living a simple and focused life.

Our educational programs provide a focal point for faith and ministry in a diverse and conflicted society and encourage close relationships with congregations, the world-wide church, the peoples of the world, and God’s creation. From our early days, we have been an open community, welcoming men and women of diverse backgrounds to prepare for ministry in Christ’s name. That commitment to be inclusive is reflected in our mission statement, a nondiscriminatory admissions policy, and in the quest to build cultural and theological diversity into the learning process and the classroom. Faculty and students dialog in a style of mutual learning that encourages growth and models healthy community. Our students represent a variety of spiritual backgrounds, creating an ecumenical environment of faith and learning. Each one discovers how to value their own faith tradition as a part of the common heritage of all Christians.

ATS Member Status: Accredited

615 National Road West
Richmond, IN 47374

Phone: 765-983-1800
Fax: 765-983-1840

Ruthann Knechel Johansen, President Ph: 765-983-1803
Steven J. Schweitzer, Academic Dean Ph: 765-983-1815

Denomination: Church of the Brethren

Fall 2010 Data:
Enrollment: 73 (53.0 FTE)
Faculty Full-Time: 8
Faculty Part-Time: 7

Approved Degrees: MDiv, MA (Theology)

Comprehensive distance education program: yes

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