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Timothy Erdel, PhDTimothy Erdel, PhD

Associate Professor of Religion & Philosophy, Bethel College

Timothy Paul Erdel spent his formative years in Ecuador, where three generations of his family have lived. He holds degrees from Fort Wayne Bible College, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, The University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Mr. Erdel is a licensed minister with (1973-), and the denominational archivist for the Missionary Church, Inc. He was formerly a missionary with World Partners to Jamaica and an inner city pastor in Chicago. He currently attends St. Mark Missionary Church, Mishawaka, Indiana. Since 1993 he has also undertaken short-term ministry trips to Puerto Rico, to Trinidad & Tobago, to Jamaica, to immigrant populations in the New York City area, to the Dominican Republic, to Cuba, and to Ecuador.

Before coming to Bethel in 1994, Mr. Erdel served at the Jesuit-Krauss (Lutheran)-McCormick Library and McCormick Theological Seminary, at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and at the Jamaica Theological Seminary and the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology. He has also held special or visiting appointments at more than a dozen other schools.

Mr. Erdel publishes in a variety of scholarly, popular, and religious forums, and has been an editor of Trinity Journal, JLA News, JLA Occasional Papers, Jamaica Library Association Bulletin, Journal of Religious & Theological Information, Reflections, and Philosophia Christi.

Mr. Erdel takes great pleasure in his marriage to Sally Elizabeth Erdel, who teaches in the School of Nursing at Bethel College, and in their three children, all Bethel graduates, Sarah Beth (Mrs. Matthew Getz) ‘04, Rachel (Mrs. Peter Martens) ‘07, and Matthew ‘09, and in their grandson, “Jack” Lewis Samuel Getz. His lifelong passion for basketball finds expression in noontime pickup games at Bethel College.

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