Bethel University - Indiana

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Bethel University is a Christian liberal arts college, founded in 1947 in Mishawaka, Indiana. Bethel is a Christian community of learners dedicated to building lives of commitment for leadership in the Church and the world.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Bethel University
1001 Bethel Circle
Mishawaka, IN 46545


Phone: 800-422-4101


Organization details

EIN: 350935587

CEO/President: Dr. Gregg Chenoweth

Chairman: Randall Lehman

Board size: 25


Year founded: 1948

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Bethel remains steadfast in its vision and commitment to provide a Christ-centered education that equips leaders to make a Kingdom impact in the church and the world.

Mission statement

The mission of Bethel University, affiliated with the Missionary Church denomination, is to be a community of learners building lives of commitment for leadership in the Church and world. Bethel's liberating academic programs challenge the mind, enlarge the vision, and equip the whole person for lifelong service.

Statement of faith

We believe:

God is the Creator and Sustainer of all things, and the Author of salvation.

The Bible is the divinely inspired, only infallible, authoritative Word of God, and the unchanging rule of faith and practice.

Man's relationship to God, which was lost through sin, is restored through faith in the redeeming work of Christ, God's divine Son.

The Church comprises people who are born of the Spirit and empowered by him to live a holy life devoted to the fulfillment of the Church's Great Commission.

The personal return of Christ will bring about the end of the present age, the judgment and the beginning of the glorious age to come.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating386 of 85745 of 108
Fund acquisition rating527 of 85768 of 108
Resource allocation rating503 of 85766 of 108
Asset utilization rating191 of 85716 of 108

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$3,418,463$2,451,883$3,942,860$2,223,664$2,958,951
Short-term investments$9,218,111$8,162,127$9,761,177$9,261,886$9,282,714
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$16,098,038$15,442,483$18,734,208$15,664,537$15,152,739
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$29,480,663$30,409,289$31,465,464$32,529,191$33,655,153
Other long-term assets$2,996,001$2,722,128$2,578,265$2,004,912$2,252,542
Total long-term assets$32,476,664$33,131,417$34,043,729$34,534,103$35,907,695
Total assets$48,574,702$48,573,900$52,777,937$50,198,640$51,060,434
Payables and accrued expenses$3,319,227$2,992,168$4,499,257$6,216,523$5,988,149
Other current liabilities$1,349,986$2,006,574$2,278,782$2,277,698$2,526,411
Total current liabilities$4,669,213$4,998,742$6,778,039$8,494,221$8,514,560
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$724,068$735,715$1,351,417$925,659$1,099,673
Total long-term liabilities$17,159,404$18,978,308$23,030,807$21,085,340$19,921,822
Total liabilities$21,828,617$23,977,050$29,808,846$29,579,561$28,436,382
Net assets20182017201620152014
Temporarily restricted$5,110,319$5,170,432$5,558,175$4,211,264$4,409,570
Permanently restricted$8,877,812$8,740,590$8,056,885$7,599,570$7,505,479
Net assets$26,746,085$24,596,850$22,969,091$20,619,079$22,624,052
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$5,710,604$2,533,424$5,130,072$1,969,901$3,945,497
Program service revenue$37,127,993$38,493,500$39,134,497$39,094,552$37,798,534
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$312,045$406,847$320,394$389,067$30,276
Other revenue$345,770$481,966$319,077$189,473$349,060
Total other revenue$37,785,808$39,382,313$39,773,968$39,673,092$38,177,870
Total revenue$43,496,412$41,915,737$44,904,040$41,642,993$42,123,367
Program services$34,561,394$36,044,464$35,029,646$35,806,686$35,922,170
Management and general$6,269,601$4,335,556$6,495,096$6,051,737$7,542,824
Total expenses$42,004,125$41,743,722$42,646,183$43,176,818$44,559,300
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)$1,492,287$172,015$2,257,857($1,533,825)($2,435,933)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,492,287$172,015$2,257,857($1,533,825)($2,435,933)


Gregg ChenowethPresident$276,023
Deborah GillumDean of Nursing$138,474
Barbara BellefeuilleVP of Academic Services$138,102
David ArmstrongVP & CFO$131,957
Toni PaulsVP Adult & Graduate Studies$124,837
Shawn HoltgrenVP For Student Development$106,973
Richard Cummins Started 817VP Institutional Advancement$53,178

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2018

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 10/26/2020. To update the information below, please email:


The roots of Bethel University run deep. Mennonite Brethren in Christ (MBC) founder Daniel Brenneman first called for a training institute in 1893. Then, for many years, J. A. Huffman pressed the case for a Christian liberal arts college, even suggesting the name Bethel, meaning "house of God." Formal church approval finally came in 1944, and land was purchased in Mishawaka, Indiana during 1946 under the leadership of Q. J. Everest, Seth Rohrer, and Warren Manges. Twenty-seven-year-old Woodrow I. Goodman (1947-1959) was appointed the first president, at that time the youngest in the United States.


Bethel College opened in the fall of 1947 with 94 students. During that same year, the MBC became the United Missionary Church. The Administration Building was completed in 1951, the first of many projects dependent upon sacrificial giving and volunteer labor.


Bethel established some 11 academic programs during its first decade, capped by the Teacher Education Program in 1955. Intercollegiate athletic programs were approved in 1958, with the first intercollegiate basketball game played in 1959.

1970s - 1980s

On March 31, 1971, President Ray P. Pannabecker (1959-1974) and Dean Wayne J. Gerber welcomed North Central Association accreditation. Bethel College grew steadily until it reached an enrollment of about 500. The college flourished because of what President Steven R. Cramer has called its "human endowment"-an extremely loyal, faithful, and hard-working faculty, staff, administration and Board of Trustees.

Bethel College continued moving forward under the presidencies of Albert J. Beutler (1974-1981), James A. Bennett (1982-1988), and Walter L. Weldy (interim 1988-1989). Among the more notable additions and innovations were the adult programs, the division of nursing, and the Otis Bowen Library, which anchored a new architectural style. In 1986, the baseball team won the first of what would become over 40 team national championships.


Bethel experienced a remarkable renaissance under the presidency of Norman V. Bridges (1989-2004). A dynamic team of administrators, repeated record enrollments, greatly expanded curricular offerings, the hiring of nationally known scholars, an aggressive, aesthetically attractive plan of campus development, and notable periods of spiritual renewal have helped make Bethel College a school of choice for many from the region.

In addition to a burgeoning traditional student body, adult and graduate degree programs have helped fuel the growth of the college. With notable new majors in Sign Language Interpreting, Environmental Biology, Criminal Justice, Philosophy, and Spanish complementing traditional strengths in Music, Theatre, Religion, Business, and the service professions, Bethel College increasingly reflects a national and international student body. The college also participates in a broad range of study abroad programs and annually sends out dozens of students on Task Force ministry teams around the world.

Dr. Steven R. Cramer was inaugurated in 2004 as the sixth president of Bethel College, and his tenure extended the pattern of strong, progressive leadership. During his presidency, the music department received NASM accreditation and the campus became more intentional in its multi-ethnic programming. Senior administrators worked to secure the long-term financial future of Bethel during a period of national economic crisis. Dr. Dennis D. Engbrecht continued as Senior Vice President.

A $6.9 million addition to the Middleton Hall of Science is just one in a long string of major construction and landscaping projects since the early 1990s, including Founders Village Apartments, the Middleton wing for Nursing, an enlarged Dining Commons, the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center, Wiekamp Athletic Center, Shiloh Prayer Chapel, the campus ponds and waterfall, Morey Soccer Field, Taylor Memorial Chapel, Jenkins Stadium, Sailor Residential Center, Miller/Moore Academic Center, Campus Store, and a new west campus entrance and a renovated Helm. A series of land acquisitions have shattered the myth that the main campus is landlocked. The Elkhart campus and the nursing program at Grace College are two of several emerging extension centers for Bethel.


With the appointment of Dr. Gregg Chenoweth as the new president in 2013, Bethel College stands on the threshold of a new era, but does so deeply rooted in a past sustained by faith. "Forward, with Christ at the helm."


Bethel College becomes Bethel University on May 6.


Over 40 athletic team national championships.

Program accomplishments

The university has been ranked as a Top Tier Midwestern College for 16 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report; ranked on the Washington Monthly "Best Bang for the Buck Colleges" list; No. 29 in the nation on the College Consensus list of "Best Christian Colleges & Universities 2019". Bethel has also been named to Money Magazine's "Best Colleges for Your Money 2019" list.