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February 9, 2018

Announcing Our Master of Arts in Exegesis and Theology

Tom Steller

Elder & Global Partner, Bethlehem Pastor for 40 Years

On behalf of Bethlehem College & Seminary, I am delighted to share with the Bethlehem family the announcement of our Master of Arts in Exegesis and Theology degree. The director of this program is Dr. Rick Shenk, who has been serving Bethlehem College & Seminary for many years as Assistant Professor of Theology and has now become our full-time Director of Non-Traditional Programs. Please read on as Dr. Shenk shares the vision and overview for this evening program.—Pastor Tom Steller

‘What About Us?’

Over the past several years, we have received numerous inquiries from friends who love the vision, theology, and faculty of Bethlehem College & Seminary, but who could not enroll in our flagship M.Div. program that focuses on training men for vocational eldership. Associate pastors and non-staff elders, women’s ministry leaders, missionaries, and others who desire formal theological education have asked, “What about us?”

The school’s faculty and leadership have heard these requests and have approved another graduate-level program: Master of Arts in Exegesis and Theology. Our new M.A. is a two-year, graduate-level degree offered in the evenings for qualified women and men in a variety of life stages and callings who desire further training in Greek exegesis and sound theology. This 42-credit-hour Master’s degree will be offered Monday evenings, 6–10pm. We will plan to matriculate our first cohort in August 2018.

More information about the M.A. in Exegesis and Theology (including a full class list) is available at, but here is a brief overview ....

  • Tuition is $350/hour, with a total program cost of $14,700. The M.A. tuition cost is not subsidized by the “Serious Joy Scholarship” that students in our traditional programs receive. Even so, this program is extraordinarily affordable compared to the tuition costs of M.A. programs at other institutions in the Twin Cities. Keeping costs as low as possible for students is important to us.
  • Each cohort will take the same classes together: four semesters of 9-hours each, with a 6-hour summer semester in between years. Classes will be taught by many of our faculty, including Dr. Andy Naselli, Rev. Dr. Jason DeRouchie, and myself.
  • Applications are being accepted now through April 1, 2018, and we plan to announce the first cohort early in May.

We are grateful to God for this next step that he has allowed us to take in the development of Bethlehem College & Seminary. We are eager to meet the people God appoints to this first cohort. Please pray with us that this program will serve his kingdom in life-changing ways.