Bethel College Names First Endowed Professorship

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Bethel College is naming its first endowed professorship, where external funding perpetually supports a faculty member. David McCabe, Ph.D., is honored as the Missionary Church Endowed Professor of Biblical Theology. This new position has been designed to address the critical importance of comprehensive and Biblically faithful theological academic training for future pastors and church leaders.

In his new role, McCabe will spend 75 percent of his time teaching, and 25 percent in service to the church by convening symposia on or off campus, drafting white papers on doctrinal questions, and representing Bethel at ministerial gatherings.

Bethel President Gregg Chenoweth, Ph.D., says, “Dr. McCabe’s training, experience and dedication to the mission of both Bethel College and the Missionary Church make him a great fit for this unique position. Now, in addition to his impact in the classroom, he will also be a leader in bringing the church and the college together in new and dynamic ways.”

McCabe, who has held a faculty position at Bethel for 10 years, most recently as associate professor of New Testament and Greek, earned his Ph.D. in New Testament language, literature and theology from New College, University of Edinburgh (Scotland). He has master’s degrees in Biblical Studies and Theological Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Ministries from Southwestern A/G University. McCabe served as a John Wesley Fellow of post-graduate study with the Foundation for Theological Education and held a prior faculty posts in Lithuania and Scotland, as well as serving in pastoral assignments in Kentucky and Texas, before coming to Bethel.

McCabe has published 15 books, articles, essays, book reviews and conference papers; he’s served as Bethel’s lead teacher on three Israel Tours and has received high confidence from his colleagues and the search committee, which included representatives from both the college and the Missionary Church.

The position is funded through Missionary Church-related individuals and Missionary Church Foundations for a cumulative total of $750,000 to cover wages and ministry support for 10 years. As a living endowment, the intention is to perpetually renew the commitment and funding for the position.

Learn more about this partnership between Bethel and the Missionary Church in this video.