History and Mission

Our Mission

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Bethel College, affiliated with the Missionary Church, is a Christian community of learners dedicated to building lives of commitment for leadership in the Church and the world. Bethel provides liberating academic and co-curricular programs to challenge the mind, enlarge the vision and equip the whole person for lifelong service.

Read about our beliefs and our position statements on recent events.

Institutional Profile

Bethel College, launched in 1947, is an urban-situated, evangelical institution affiliated with the Missionary Church, currently composed of 1,650 traditional and adult/graduate students from 35 states and 10 countries, and 250 full-time employees. Her city hosts 250,000 residents, five colleges (including Notre Dame), the 2nd largest shopping district in the state of Indiana, 15,000 businesses, 50 parks, and Mishawaka's own renovated, 3-mile Riverwalk development. Resort venues on Lake Michigan are 45 minutes away. Read  our full profile.

GREATer Agenda

In 2022, Bethel College celebrates its 75th Anniversary. That threshold is not an insignificant flip of the calendar. It could be a gateway, an appointed time which affects how we work now. Years pass swiftly whether we pay attention or not. Bethel decided to pay attention.

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As part of a campus-wide initiative, Bethel employees are participating in two-day workshops on Innovation Leadership Immersion at the Pfeil Innovation Center in South Bend, Indiana. A special room, the Bethel Innovation Gateway, was the first project created as a result of the initiative.

For more insight into the process, Bethel Magazine features the initiative. Get the full story: "Cultivating a Culture of Innovation at Bethel College."

Read the announcement (May, 2016) about how Bethel leaders and staff are seeking creative solutions.

Pride Points

Did you know... Bethel has been ranked in the top 16 percent of all baccalaureate colleges in the nation, by U.S. News and World Report.

Find the lastest updates on our outstanding program, students, faculty, staff and more on our 2016 Pride Points.

Our 70th Year

This fall marks the beginning of Bethel’s 70th academic year. The college was born in the cultural, political, and technological cross-currents of the 1940s. Read more from President Chenoweth about Bethel's founding.