Our Faculty

Ben Kock-Hong Lim


Education: Ph.D., Texas Tech University

Experience: Lim was born in Malaysia where he worked for 6 years with the Department of Agriculture before moving to Singapore, where he studied theology and served as a pastor. An ordained minister, Lim has pastored churches in Malaysia, Singapore, and the United States for the past 20 years. Lim is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has his own practice. He is also committed to training marriage and family therapists in the Pacific Rim. Lim’s research interests include multicultural issues in therapy and in the personal lives of the therapist

G. Keith Olson


Education: B.A., San Diego State University; Ph.D., University of Arizona

Experience: Olson has been a licensed marriage and family therapist since 1973 when he opened his own private counseling center. In addition to teaching at Bethel Seminary, Olson travels internationally to speak and present in Europe, Asia, and Africa. He has also published numerous magazine and journal articles as well as several books about adolescence, including his Gold Medallion-winning Counseling Teenagers. Olson’s research interests include alienation and other issues of integration between Christian theology, spirituality, clinical theory, and practice.

Glen Scorgie


Education: B.Th., Canadian Bible College; M.A., Wheaton Graduate School; M.C.S., Regent College; Ph.D., University of St. Andrews

Experience: Scorgie joined Bethel’s faculty after serving as academic vice president of North American Baptist College in Edmonton, Alberta. He has lectured in the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Hong Kong, and the People’s Republic of China. He is also a past president of the Canadian Evangelical Theological Association. His writings include A Call for Continuity: The Theological Contribution of James Orr; (co-editor) The Challenge of Bible Translation; The Journey Back to Eden: Restoring the Creator's Design for Women and Men; A Little Guide to Christian Spirituality; and (gen. editor) Dictionary of Christian Spirituality.

Website: glenscorgie.com

James D. Smith III


Education: A.B., San Diego State University; M.Div., Bethel Seminary; Th.M., Harvard Divinity School; Th.D., Harvard University

Experience: Smith brings 25 years of teaching and pastoral experience to the Bethel faculty. He previously taught theology and religious studies at the University of San Diego (since 1993) as well as at Eastern Seminary, Philadelphia, and Southern Seminary, Louisville. He has also served as senior pastor at churches in Boston, Minneapolis, and San Diego, and currently is on staff at College Avenue Baptist Church.

Mark Strauss


Education: M.Div., Talbot School of Theology; Th.M., Talbot School of Theology; Ph.D., University of Aberdeen

Experience: Strauss taught at Biola University, Christian Heritage College, and Talbot School of Theology before joining the Bethel Seminary faculty in 1993. He serves as the vice chair of the NIV Committee on Bible Translation and is a frequent preacher at San Diego area churches.