St. Paul Residential Faculty

Meet our team of residential faculty members who serve at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul.

Children's and Family Ministry

Denise Muir Kjesbo

Program Director, M.A. in Children's and Family Ministry

Education: B.A., Bethel College; M.Div., North American Baptist Seminary; Ph.D., Trinity International University

Experience: Kjesbo has served for 27 years in ministry at churches of various sizes and has 10 years of church-planting experience. She is involved in a consultant for ministry curriculum and has authored many articles and a book, Women in the Church. Kjesbo also serves as director at the Cory Center for Children’s Ministry at Bethel Seminary.

Marriage and Family Therapy

Tina Watson Wiens

Lead Faculty and Assistant Professor, Marriage and Family Therapy

Education: B.S., Northwestern College; M.A., Bethel Seminary; Ph.D. (in progress), University of Minnesota

Experience: Wiens is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Minnesota and a clinical member and approved supervisor of AAMFT. She has taught in the department of Marriage and Family Studies at Bethel Seminary as an adjunct faculty member since 2004 and became a resident faculty member in 2013. Her clinical and research interest include the integration of faith and science, social justice and human rights, culture and diversity, military families, trauma, spiritual and personal formation, forgiveness and virtues. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Family Social Science and Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Minnesota.

Ministry Leadership

Justin Irving

Program Director, Doctor of Ministry
Lead Faculty, M.A. in Transformational Leadership
Lead Faculty, D.Min. in Servant Leadership for Team and Organizational Effectiveness

Education: B.A., Northwestern College; M.Div., Bethel Seminary; Ph.D., Regent University

Experience: Irving has served as a worship leader and a pastor of leadership development and outreach in the local church. Irving has focused his writing and research on servant leadership, team leadership in the global context, self-sacrificial leadership, and the relationship between servant leadership and the effectiveness of teams in diverse ethno-linguistic communities.


Mark McCloskey

Program Director, M.A. in Transformational Leadership

Education: B.A., Miami of Ohio; M.Div., Bethel Seminary; Ph.D., University of South Florida

Experience: McCloskey spent 24 years on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ in numerous roles and served for 11 years as Dean for the Center for Transformational Leadership. He is a consultant and workshop leader in the areas of strategic planning, leadership development, and team building. McCloskey is the author of Tell It Often, Tell It Well, a textbook on evangelism.

Andrew D. Rowell

Education: B.A., Taylor University; M.Div., Regent College; Th.D. (in progress), Duke Divinity School

Experience: Rowell brings pastoral experience in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and experience teaching Christian educational ministries at Taylor University. He is presently finishing his dissertation on Karl Barth's theology of the church. Rowell has also written about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Lesslie Newbigin, John Howard Yoder, church planting, church consulting, megachurches, trends in theological education, leadership literature, the quantitative study of congregations in sociology, university ministry, models of practical theology, and 1 Corinthians. He teaches evangelism, discipleship, and leadership at Bethel Seminary.


New Testament

Jeannine K. Brown

Education: B.A., University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire; M.Div., Bethel Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Luther Seminary

Experience: Brown teaches in local and regional church contexts on subjects of biblical interpretation and the New Testament. Her publications include Becoming Whole and Holy, Scripture as CommunicationDisciples in Narrative Perspective, as well as a number of journal articles in New Testament Studies, Word and World, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, and Journal of Biblical Literature. Brown is also a member of the Committee on Bible Translation for the New International Version.


Dan Gurtner

Education: B.A. Grove City College; M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; Th.M., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Ph.D., University of St. Andrews; Post-doctoral research, Tyndale House, Cambridge

Experience: Gurtner came to Bethel Seminary after a year of post-doctoral research at Tyndale House in Cambridge, England. He has authored books pertaining to the gospels and the language and literature of Second Temple Judaism. He has also contributed to many journals, in addition to background commentaries on seven New Testament books. After his seminary studies, Gurtner served as a pastor for 2 years near Pittsburgh before returning to academics. Currently he is actively involved in small group ministry and adult education at his church. He is an ordained minister in Converge Worldwide.


Old Testament

Paul Ferris

Education: B.A., Pillsbury College; M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Ph.D., Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning

Experience: Pastor, church-planter, hospital chaplain, seminary faculty, author, college and seminary president.


David Howard

Education: B.S., Geneva College; M.A., Wheaton Graduate School; A.M., Ph.D., The University of Michigan

Experience: Howard has taught at Bethel Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, in addition to other schools in the U.S. He has had an ongoing relationship with the Emanuel University of Oradea (Romania) since 1998.  He is author or editor of 9 books and numerous articles and essays, and served as president of the Evangelical Theological Society in 2003.



David S. Nah

Education:  B.A., Northwestern University; M.Div., Alliance Theological Seminary; Th.M., Princeton Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University.

Experience: Nah was born in Korea and moved to the United States at the age of 10. He has served in pastorates for more than 20 years, with a special love for second-generation Korean congregations. From that passion stems an interest in developing a second-generation Asian-American theology. His current research plans include books on John Hick’s theology of religious pluralism, Voices in Asian-American Theology, Systematic Theology in a Global Age and a book on a Christian theology of religions.