For more than 140 years, Bethlehem Baptist Church has been committed to training and sending its people into the ministry of God’s Word as pastors, missionaries, Christian workers and countless church, community and business leaders of all kinds. During the 1980s and 90s, we expressed that commitment through developing a lay institute and training center, an apprenticeship program for ministerial candidates, and a nurture program for missionary candidates.
In 1998, these programs were upgraded into The Bethlehem Institute. Since then, thousands of men, women and young adults have taken classes or seminars in our lay leadership development program.
From 1998–2009. The Bethlehem Institute also graduated ten classes from its seminary level program. Many of those graduates are now serving as pastors, church planters, missionaries, college or seminary professors, and para-church workers on university campuses and in the inner city. Some have gone on to Ph.D. programs at Cambridge, Durham, Oxford, St. Andrews, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Harvard, Boston University, University of Minnesota, London School of Theology, and Wheaton. The Bethlehem Institute also graduated four classes of college freshman from the INSIGHT program.
From 2009–present. In 2009, The Bethlehem Institute became Bethlehem College & Seminary. In August of 2009, we matriculated our first cohort for the Master of Divinity Program. In the fall of 2010, we began the Christian Worldview and the Biblical and Theological Studies Programs, offering two-year and four-year undergraduate degrees.