Bethel University - Indiana

The information on this page was last updated 5/2/2024. If you see errors or omissions, please email: [email protected]


Bethel University is a Christian liberal arts college, founded in 1947 in Mishawaka, Indiana. Bethel is a Christian community of learners dedicated to building lives of commitment for leadership in the Church and the world.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Bethel University
1001 Bethel Circle
Mishawaka, IN 46545


Phone: 800-422-4101

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 350935587

CEO/President: Barbara Bellefeuille, Ed. D

Chairman: Brian Habegger

Board size: 21

Founder: Daniel Brenneman, J. A. Huffman

Ruling year: 1948

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Bethel remains steadfast in its vision and commitment to provide a Christ-centered education that equips leaders to make a Kingdom impact in the church and the world.

Mission statement

The mission of Bethel University, affiliated with the Missionary Church denomination, is to be a community of learners building lives of commitment for leadership in the Church and world. Bethel's liberating academic programs challenge the mind, enlarge the vision, and equip the whole person for lifelong service.

Statement of faith

We believe:

The eternal, triune God of the Bible - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - is the Creator and Sustainer of all creation and the Author of salvation

The Bible, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is the written Word of God, verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit and, therefore, true, reliable, and without error in all it addresses.

God made humans in His image, but their sin enslaves and alienates them, ruining their relationships with God and each other. Therefore, through His unique Son, Jesus the Christ, and through him alone, God has undertaken a work of salvation that will bring about the complete destruction of evil and its effects and the eternal redemption and reconciliation of those who repent of and renounce their sin and turn to God in faith and obedience.

The Church is comprised of people who are born of and empowered by the Holy Spirit to obey the two Great Commandments to love God and love people and to carry out the Great Commission. Thus, the church is a community of believers who strive to live lives of holy love and mutual edification, while faithfully making obedient disciples of Jesus the Christ.

The personal return of Jesus the Christ will bring an end to the present evil age and establish the full and final form of God's eternal Kingdom. Christ's return will result in the last judgment of all believers and unbelievers, the reward or retribution that each person has coming, and the creation of the glorious new world which believers will enjoy with God forever.

Donor confidence score

Show donor confidence score details

Transparency grade


To understand our transparency grade, click here.

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating232 of 111220 of 130
Fund acquisition rating747 of 1113100 of 130
Resource allocation rating211 of 111318 of 130
Asset utilization rating145 of 111213 of 130

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20222021202020192018
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
Operating ratiosSector median20222021202020192018
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
Investing ratiosSector median20222021202020192018
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
Liquidity ratiosSector median20222021202020192018
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
Solvency ratiosSector median20222021202020192018
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses


Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$2,479,906$2,636,130$2,923,956$3,833,749$3,418,463
Short-term investments$9,107,661$10,533,727$8,642,786$8,773,510$9,218,111
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$15,473,603$17,185,184$18,155,604$15,738,661$16,098,038
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$27,841,326$29,275,401$27,994,043$28,133,262$29,480,663
Other long-term assets$2,866,120$3,035,985$2,539,692$2,573,078$2,996,001
Total long-term assets$30,707,446$32,311,386$30,533,735$30,706,340$32,476,664
Total assets$46,181,049$49,496,570$48,689,339$46,445,001$48,574,702
Payables and accrued expenses$1,788,003$2,291,699$2,539,034$1,771,860$3,319,227
Other current liabilities$1,213,581$1,420,463$4,383,099$1,653,535$1,349,986
Total current liabilities$3,001,584$3,712,162$6,922,133$3,425,395$4,669,213
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$640,763$1,311,510$1,891,920$1,138,222$724,068
Total long-term liabilities$14,040,192$15,492,618$16,845,864$16,870,599$17,159,404
Total liabilities$17,041,776$19,204,780$23,767,997$20,295,994$21,828,617
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$13,573,140$13,371,105$8,585,787$9,473,051$12,757,954
With donor restrictions$15,566,133$16,920,685$16,335,555$16,675,956$13,988,131
Net assets$29,139,273$30,291,790$24,921,342$26,149,007$26,746,085
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$7,052,180$8,223,553$3,495,935$4,520,125$5,710,604
Program service revenue$38,577,636$36,739,261$36,162,134$37,332,992$37,127,993
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$617,065$650,230$279,337$393,483$312,045
Other revenue$181,227$99,709$68,635$436,238$345,770
Total other revenue$39,375,928$37,489,200$36,510,106$38,162,713$37,785,808
Total revenue$46,428,108$45,712,753$40,006,041$42,682,838$43,496,412
Program services$41,099,523$37,489,411$35,113,865$37,350,093$34,561,394
Management and general$3,834,371$4,071,942$4,252,907$3,852,252$6,269,601
Total expenses$46,049,876$42,647,349$40,391,222$42,631,324$42,004,125
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$378,232$3,065,404($385,181)$51,514$1,492,287
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$378,232$3,065,404($385,181)$51,514$1,492,287


Barbara BellefeuilleInterim President$191,499
Jerry WhiteVice President & CFO$143,335
Gregg Chenoweth Left 0521Former President$130,531
Terrell Elam Left 0222Vice President For Enrollment$121,571
Bradley Smith Start 0621Vice President For Enrollment$106,560
Shawn HoltgrenVice President For Student Dev$94,244
Brent Lavigne Start 0921Vice President For Institution$41,139

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2022

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 5/2/2024. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


The roots of Bethel University run deep. Mennonite Brethren in Christ (MBC) founder Daniel Brenneman first called for a training institute in 1893. Then, for many years, J. A. Huffman pressed the case for a Christian liberal arts college, even suggesting the name Bethel, meaning "house of God." Formal church approval finally came in 1944, and land was purchased in Mishawaka, Indiana during 1946 under the leadership of Q. J. Everest, Seth Rohrer, and Warren Manges. Twenty-seven-year-old Woodrow I. Goodman (1947-1959) was appointed the first president, at that time the youngest in the United States.


Bethel College opened in the fall of 1947 with 94 students. During that same year, the MBC became the United Missionary Church. The Administration Building was completed in 1951, the first of many projects dependent upon sacrificial giving and volunteer labor.


Bethel established some 11 academic programs during its first decade, capped by the Teacher Education Program in 1955. Intercollegiate athletic programs were approved in 1958, with the first intercollegiate basketball game played in 1959.

1970s - 1980s

On March 31, 1971, President Ray P. Pannabecker (1959-1974) and Dean Wayne J. Gerber welcomed North Central Association accreditation. Bethel College grew steadily until it reached an enrollment of about 500. The college flourished because of what President Steven R. Cramer has called its "human endowment"-an extremely loyal, faithful, and hard-working faculty, staff, administration and Board of Trustees.

Bethel College continued moving forward under the presidencies of Albert J. Beutler (1974-1981), James A. Bennett (1982-1988), and Walter L. Weldy (interim 1988-1989). Among the more notable additions and innovations were the adult programs, the division of nursing, and the Otis Bowen Library, which anchored a new architectural style. In 1986, the baseball team won the first of what would become over 40 team national championships.


Bethel experienced a remarkable renaissance under the presidency of Norman V. Bridges (1989-2004). A dynamic team of administrators, repeated record enrollments, greatly expanded curricular offerings, the hiring of nationally known scholars, an aggressive, aesthetically attractive plan of campus development, and notable periods of spiritual renewal have helped make Bethel College a school of choice for many from the region.

In addition to a burgeoning traditional student body, adult and graduate degree programs have helped fuel the growth of the college. With notable new majors in Sign Language Interpreting, Environmental Biology, Criminal Justice, Philosophy, and Spanish complementing traditional strengths in Music, Theatre, Religion, Business, and the service professions, Bethel College increasingly reflects a national and international student body. The college also participates in a broad range of study abroad programs and annually sends out dozens of students on Task Force ministry teams around the world.

Dr. Steven R. Cramer was inaugurated in 2004 as the sixth president of Bethel College, and his tenure extended the pattern of strong, progressive leadership. During his presidency, the music department received NASM accreditation and the campus became more intentional in its multi-ethnic programming. Senior administrators worked to secure the long-term financial future of Bethel during a period of national economic crisis. Dr. Dennis D. Engbrecht continued as Senior Vice President.

A $6.9 million addition to the Middleton Hall of Science is just one in a long string of major construction and landscaping projects since the early 1990s, including Founders Village Apartments, the Middleton wing for Nursing, an enlarged Dining Commons, the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center, Wiekamp Athletic Center, Shiloh Prayer Chapel, the campus ponds and waterfall, Morey Soccer Field, Taylor Memorial Chapel, Jenkins Stadium, Sailor Residential Center, Miller/Moore Academic Center, Campus Store, and a new west campus entrance and a renovated Helm. A series of land acquisitions have shattered the myth that the main campus is landlocked. The Elkhart campus and the nursing program at Grace College are two of several emerging extension centers for Bethel.


With the appointment of Dr. Gregg Chenoweth as the new president in 2013, Bethel College stands on the threshold of a new era, but does so deeply rooted in a past sustained by faith. "Forward, with Christ at the helm."


Bethel College becomes Bethel University on May 6.


Over 40 athletic team national championships.

Program accomplishments

45 National championships for Bethel Pilots in the NAIA and NCCAA
22,000 hours of community service by Bethel students during the academic year
50+ areas of study