Mission and Vision

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Who We Are

Bethany Theological Seminary has a history of adapting its program to meet the changing needs of the church and society. Now, in a religious and spiritual landscape characterized by uncertainty, Bethany will uphold its mission by embracing and articulating its Anabaptist-Pietist identity and reaching both within and beyond the church to serve a broader, more diverse constituency. Hallmarks of Bethany’s education will be (1) an interdisciplinary approach to learning, (2) integration of theory and practice, and (3) increasingly diverse programs of study.


  • Anchored in its commitment to academic freedom, Bethany expresses a prophetic witness rooted in a deep theological understanding of scripture and the Anabaptist-Pietist traditions of disciple making, peace building, and advocacy for justice.
  • Bethany claims a position as a center for the study and practice of emerging areas of religious interest across faith traditions.
  • Blending academics with application and spiritual formation, Bethany exemplifies impactful learning, developing servant leaders with theological understanding, sensitivity, and skill to forge genuine change in church and community.
  • Engaging people of diverse religious, geographic, and social backgrounds, the Bethany community nurtures respect for differences and sustains spiritual empowerment for students and alumni.

Our mission and vision are enhanced by partnerships with the Earlham School of Religion and those that make educational opportunities accessible in other locations: graduate courses through the Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center and nongraduate study and continuing education through the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership.