J. Duane Beals
Director of Christian Ministries Program
Professor of Religion
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Dr. J. Duane Beals was born in Illinois and spent his "growing up" years in Michigan. In the fourth grade he rode a Sunday school bus to the Lincoln Park Missionary Church and has been in that denomination ever since. He received a call to ministry at Brown City, Michigan (camp meeting) and began studies at Bethel College in the fall of 1957. After graduation from Bethel with a BA in Biblical Literature, he attended Asbury Theological Seminary for a year, then went to Hong Kong with OMS International for three years. His wife Charlotte traveled to Hong Kong for their wedding, and they honeymooned in Europe on their way back to the states.
They served a pastorate in Indianapolis for three years, during which time he was ordained to the ministry in the Missionary Church. He returned to Asbury Theological Seminary to receive the M.Div. degree in 1970. That fall, Dr. Beals entered the University of Notre Dame, receiving an MA in 1972, and completing course work in 1973. During those years their two daughters were born, so even though he did not become a priest, he did become a father! The family moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana where he taught at Fort Wayne Bible College for five years. While teaching and pastoring, he completed his dissertation and received the Ph.D. degree from Notre Dame.
Further professional responsibilities in education included teaching at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania; serving as Academic Dean at Evangelical School of Theology in Myerstown, Pennsylvania; and serving as president of Western Evangelical Seminary in Portland, Oregon. In 1991 the Beals returned to South Bend, Indiana; and Dr. Beals has been Professor of Religion at Bethel College since then, with primary teaching responsibilities in Systematic and Applied Theology.
Dr. Beals has also served the local church during most of the years that he has been teaching, for a total of 31 years in pastoral leadership in nine different congregations, filling some pulpits for a short time as an Interim Pastor.
He has served, or presently serves, on several Commissions or Committees in the Missionary Church, the Board of Directors of several Mission, Interdenominational, and Church Renewal Organizations; the Board of St. Petersburg Christian University (Russia); and the Board of Directors of a company that gives over two and a half million dollars a year to missions.
Following Christ in service to mission, church, and school has taken him to all fifty states and forty seven foreign countries. He and his wife Charlotte met at Bethel College. They have been happily married for forty seven years and have two married daughters, three granddaughters, and one grandson. Their oldest granddaughter enrolled in Bethel in 2012.