Our Faculty

Eric Bryant


Education: M.Div., D.Min

Experience: Bryant is the author of Not Like Me: A Field Guide for Influencing a Diverse World, and serves on the pastoral team at Gateway Church in Austin. For twelve years Bryant served as an elder, speaker, and navigator with the leadership team at Mosaic in Los Angeles, a church known for its creativity and diversity. He also serves as part of the Origins Project, a movement of people passionate about Jesus, humanity, and innovation.

Jason Carthen


Education: M.A., Malone University; Certification in Business Management, Harvard Business School; Ph.D., Regent University

Experience: Carthen serves as the president and CEO of Redeemed Management & Consulting LLC. He has worked for 18 years in both the public and private sectors of leadership and business management, specifically with the National Football League’s Players Association and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Carthen also founded The Leaders of Tomorrow Initiative in 2008, which focuses on equipping the next generation of society’s leaders for life’s possibilities.

Doug Fombelle


Education: B.A., Grove City College; M.Div., Bethel Theological Seminary; D.Min., Bethel Theological Seminary

Experience: Fombelle joined Bethel after a long tenure at Faith Baptist Church in Rexford, N.Y., where he served as youth pastor, associate pastor, and, for 21 years, senior pastor. He’s mentored numerous associate pastors and has a strong commitment to the mentorship model that distinguishes Bethel Seminary of the East. Fombelle has served in such parachurch ministries as the Schenectady Christian School, the Capital District Association of Evangelicals, and Youth for Christ.

Frank Green

Education: B.S., M.A., D.Min.

Experience: Green served in pastoral ministries for 13 years before starting work with the Charis Foundation as a counselor, seminary presenter, coach, consultant, and teacher. He’s been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for thirty years and has worked with Charis Foundation for twenty years. Charis focuses on responding to the needs of those involved in vocational ministry. Green continues to be involved in his local community of faith as well, teaching scripture, preaching, training leaders, and leading seminars.

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.

Website: www.irvingresources.com

Denise Kjesbo


Education: B.A., Bethel College; M.Div., North American Baptist Seminary; Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Experience: Kjesbo joined Bethel after serving 13 years as associate professor of educational ministries at North American Baptist Seminary. She’s been involved in children’s and family ministry, from small church plants to large established churches. Kjesbo has been a workshop presenter for two curriculum publishing companies, traveling throughout the United States and Canada to train and equip those serving in children’s and family ministry. She is the co-author of Women in the Church: A Biblical Theology of Women in Ministry, and author of numerous magazine and journal articles.

Joel Lawrence


Education: B.A., Texas A&M University; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary; M.Phil., Cambridge University; Ph.D., Cambridge University

Experience: Lawrence he earned a doctorate in Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s theology of sanctification at Jesus College, Cambridge. Before seminary, he served on the staff of Grace Bible Church in College Station, Tex., and was the staff pastor at Camp of the Woods in upstate New York. He’s, authored numerous articles on theology and ethics, and has published a book, Bonhoeffer: A Guide for the Perplexed. His research interests include the connection between prayer and theological ethics, revelation and epistemology, and the connection between theology and the church. Lawrence also serves on the leadership and preaching teams at his local church.

Doug Magnuson


Education: M.A., Brown University; Ph.D., Brown University

Experience: Since 1983, Manguson has lived in North Africa and the Middle East. He teaches various courses in anthropology, intercultural studies, and Muslim-Christian relations.

Jeff Matteson


Education: M.A., Castleton State College; M.Div., Northeastern Seminary; Ph.D., Regent University

Experience: Matteson has over 20 years of experience as a youth minister, teacher, assistant principal, principal, and superintendent of schools in Vermont and New York state. His research interests include self-sacrificial, servant, and authentic leadership.

Jeanine Parolini


Education: B.A., Dominican University; M.A., Bethel Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Regent University

Experience: Parolini currently serves as a leadership and organizational development consultant, trainer, and coach of leaders, as well as adjunct faculty, advisor, and consultant for universities, seminaries, and partner organizations. Parolini also has experience in staff and leadership development, adult education, pastoral and small group ministry, and operating an executive/personal coaching and training business. Her doctoral dissertation work was on distinguishing between transformational and servant leadership. Parolini is a Certified Conciliator with the Institute for Christian Conciliation and a StrengthsCoach I with Gallup University.

Sam Rima


Education: M.Div., Talbot School of Theology; D.Min., University of Buckingham, UK; Ph.D., University of Buckingham, UK

Experience: Rima is the author of three books and has taught and lectured all over the world. He was formerly the Director of the doctoral program at Bethel University's Seminary and continues to serve there as faculty in the Center for Transformational Leadership. Rima worked with the Sekem Group in Cairo as Director of the Heliopolis University Center for Social Innovation. He is a co-founder of the Movement for the Advancement of Spiritual Capital (MASC), which has as its mission building for the common good. He currently serves as Executive Pastor at Tenth Church in Vancouver, British Columbia, an urban, multisite congregation.

Kyle Roberts

Program Director, Master of Arts (Christian Thought)

Education: B.A., Wheaton College; M.Div. Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Biblical and Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Experience: In addition to teaching, Roberts has served as a youth minister. His main research interests include the function of the Bible in the religious philosophy of Søren Kierkegaard, the question of divine providence in the problem of evil and suffering, and the place of Christian eschatology in popular culture.

Steve Sandage


Education: B.S., Iowa State University; M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; M.S., Virginia Commonwealth University; Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University

Experience: Sandage is a practicing Licensed Psychologist and is co-author of three books, To Forgive is Human, The Faces of Forgiveness: Searching for Wholeness and Salvation (Awarded Narramore Prize for Integration of Psychology and Theology), and Transforming Spirituality: Integrating Theology and Psychology. He has also authored articles and chapters in areas such as the psychology of forgiveness and spirituality, virtue, marriage and family therapy, differentiation of self, intercultural development, and suicide. Sandage is currently collaborating with the University of Minnesota Medical School in studying forgiveness in the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. His clinical specialties include couples and family therapy, multicultural therapy, and therapy with those in vocational ministry. He also provides diversity consultation and training in educational, ministry, and mental health settings.

John Sanders


Education: B.A., Judson College; M.Div., Bethel Theological Seminary; D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary

Experience: John G. Sanders has been a pastor for forty years. He recently led Pacific View Baptist Church of Torrance (which he has pastored since 1988) through a successful consolidation of two churches into a new congregation, Nova Community Church, and serves the church as Senior Lead Pastor. He has been a mentor or advisor in Bethel's Doctor of Ministry program for about 12 years and has served as the technical reader for thesis project reports since 2006.

Wilbur Stone

Program Director, M.A. in Global and Contextual Studies

Education: B.A., Indiana University; M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary

Experience: Stone comes from a varied career as a businessman, youth pastor, senior pastor, and missionary in Hong Kong and Malaysia, spending 12 years overseas and 15 years in pastoral ministry. Besides teaching, Stone works to create partnerships with Converge Worldwide and other denominations and missions agencies to help build and expand the seminary’s missions program.

Terry Walling


Education: D.Min.

Experience: Walling is the author of Stuck! Navigating Life and Leadership Transition. He is a leadership development speaker, trainer and coach, and is the founder and CEO of Leader Breakthru. Walling also served as a senior leader with Church Resource Ministries (CRM) in southern California for 20 years.