Bethlehem College & Seminary

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Education in serious joy

Contact information

Mailing address:
Bethlehem College & Seminary
720 13th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55415


Phone: 612-455-3420

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 270680532

CEO/President: Joe Rigney

Chairman: Tom Lutz

Board size: 15


Ruling year: 2010

Tax deductible: Yes

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Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2017


Our aim is to give students an intense immersion in a God-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated local church that combines rigorous study with church-based application, all to the end that they might joyfully magnify the infinite worth of Jesus Christ, and live for the praise of God's glory in reflection, thought, word, and deed.

Mission statement

Under the authority of God's inerrant word, Bethlehem College & Seminary exists to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ by equipping men and women to treasure Christ above all things, to grow in wisdom and knowledge over a lifetime, and to glorify God in every sphere of life.

Statement of faith

Bethlehem College & Seminary is a confessional institution that embraces the doctrinal beliefs set forth in the Bethlehem College & Seminary Affirmation of Faith. This Affirmation outlines in detail, with Scripture references, what we believe. The following list summarizes our beliefs, but is not a full confession of our doctrinal position. We believe that...

Scripture is the Word of God written,

There is one God, existing in three persons,

God is absolutely sovereign in all areas of reality, and especially in the salvation of men,

God created the universe and everything in it,

Man sinned and fell from fellowship with God,

Jesus Christ is the incarnate Son of God,

Jesus Christ's death on the cross atoned for the sins of those who believe in him,

God justifies the ungodly by faith alone on the basis of the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ, apart from any works,

God effectually calls sinners to himself by the Holy Spirit,

Sanctification in a believer is brought about by God through faith,

Faith is awakened and sustained by God's Spirit through His Word and prayer,

There is one universal church finding expression in the local church,

Christ commissioned the church to make disciples of all nations,

There will be a bodily resurrection, and the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ at the end of the age,

There is everlasting joy for the redeemed and eternal conscious torment for the wicked.

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Since 1871, Bethlehem Baptist Church has been committed to training and sending its people into the ministry of God's word as pastors, missionaries, Christian workers, and countless church, community, and business leaders of all kinds. During the 1980s and 1990s, we expressed that commitment by developing a lay institute and training center, an apprenticeship program for ministerial candidates, and a Nurture Program for missionary candidates.

In 1998, these programs became The Bethlehem Institute, which graduated ten classes from its seminary-level program. Many of those graduates are now serving as pastors, church planters, missionaries, college or seminary professors, and parachurch workers on university campuses and in the inner city. Some of our graduates have gone on to Ph.D. programs at prestigious schools such as Boston University, Cambridge, Durham, Harvard, London School ofTheology, Oxford, St. Andrews, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, University of Minnesota, and Wheaton College.

In 2009, The Bethlehem Institute transitioned into Bethlehem College & Seminary. In August 2009, we brought our first cohort of students into the newly launched Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program. In Fall 2010, we began our associate and bachelor degree programs, offering two- and four-year college degrees for the first time. In 2011, Bethlehem College & Seminary held its first graduation. In February 2015, Bethlehem College & Seminary reached another milestone by receiving accreditation from the Association for Biblical Higher Education.

We now have over 200 current students, and over 400 alumni who are serving Christ all over the world. The Lord has given us a vision for the nations and is providing opportunities for us to bring our Christ-exalting, God-glorifying education to bear on the quest to fulfill the Great Commission. We thank the Lord for his goodness and grace upon the ministry of Bethlehem College & Seminary.

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