Bethel University

Bethel is a Christian university, sponsored in part by the churches of Converge Worldwide, but open to all men and women willing to learn within an evangelical perspective and community.

The Baptist General Conference (now Converge Worldwide) took on support of the seminary in 1914, moved it from Chicago to St. Paul, and merged it with a Christian high school. Following World War II, Bethel answered demand for four-year degrees, becoming Bethel College & Seminary.


Over the following decades, visionary leaders expanded Bethel Seminary to the West and East coasts, while growing the undergraduate program in St. Paul. In 1989, non-theological graduate programs were launched, followed by bachelor’s degrees for working adults along with online learning options.