General Information

Information about Bethany Divinity College

Bethany Divinity College and Seminary is Baptist in identification, but trans-denominational in its student body. It is an independent, conservative school serving a variety of denominations and independent congregations. Bethany seeks to prepare its students to return to the denomination or church tradition that nurtured them. Bethany's programs of study are taught from a conservative viewpoint, teaching Bible doctrine rather than "church" doctrine.

Founded in 1973, Bethany Divinity College and Seminary was then known as North Georgia Baptist Bible College and Seminary, Inc. However, in early 1982 the name was changed and the school was moved to Dothan, Alabama. The college division, Bethany Bible College, opened its doors to resident students in March of that same year. Beginning in a downtown storefront building in 1982, with 18 students, Bethany began purchasing a permanent campus in 1984. Beginning with one, large dwelling and one acre of land, Bethany continued to expand until it now has six buildings and eight acres of land which are situated within the city of Dothan, and operates two Christian radio stations The student enrollment has grown to see over 6,000 students enroll with the institution.

In 2004, Bethany adopted the name Bethany Divinity College and Seminary in an effort to distinguish itself from a number of other colleges and seminaries who held the same name.

Bethany is situated in the Sun Belt in beautiful Dothan, Alabama, which provides a remarkable atmosphere with Southern hospitality. Being in the most southern part of the state, it is not far from the sandy white beaches of Florida's Gulf Coast. In these wonderful surroundings, Bethany Divinity College and Seminary provides a center of learning where men and women may prepare themselves for Christian service.

The administrative office for the college and seminary is situated at 2573 Hodgesville Road, two miles south of the Ross Clark Circle, Dothan, Alabama. Here at the same location, a Learning Center for continuing education is provided for On-Site studies. Included at the center is a library, classrooms, a 450-seat auditorium, a fellowship hall, a guesthouse providing lodging for seminar students, and an administration building along with the studios of W.V.O.B. Radio, the college operated radio station..

While Bethany is continuing to build its library, the Houston-Love Memorial Library located in downtown Dothan, housing over 100,000 volumes is available for research for Bethany's resident students. Also, students may use the library at Troy State University - Dothan. Bethany provides its own theological library, which is sufficient for conducting On-Site research for all Bethany's degree programs.

Each student must identify a research library to which he has access. Seminary libraries are ideal and are often available to ministerial students. The libraries of universities with departments of religion are also helpful. When necessary, the Dean of Students will contact a library on a student's behalf in an attempt to obtain checkout privileges for that student.

Bethany operates an online, virtual bookstore whereby the student can purchase his or her textbooks on line.