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Earlham School of Religion

Bethany ESR campusIn 1994, Bethany Theological Seminary and the Earlham School of Religion (ESR) joined hands to do something new by forming an affiliation. Together, students receive an education that features academic excellence, spiritual depth, and ministerial competence. A common campus, a joint curriculum, a shared library, and several joint administrative positions are all part of the covenantal partnership between the two schools. As noted in the ESR catalog, this covenant has spiritual, educational, economic, and cultural dimensions: "In the spiritual dimension, the covenant means faithfulness to our respective traditions; in the educational, it means the symbiosis of our teaching and curricula; in the economic, it means cooperative stewardship of time and resources; in the cultural dimension, it means self-awareness and sensitivity to differences."


Cross Registration Institutions

The following seminaries and graduate schools have a cross registration agreement with Bethany and the Earlham School of Religion:

Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, Indiana

Payne Theological Seminary, Yellow Springs, Ohio

United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio

The University of Dayton Graduate School, Dayton, Ohio


Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center (SVMC)

The Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center (SVMC), with offices on the campus of Elizabethtown College, is a center for theological, ministerial and leadership education related to the Church of the Brethren. It is a partnership between Bethany Seminary and five Church of the Brethren districts: Atlantic Northeast, Mid Atlantic, Middle Pennsylvania, Southern Pennsylvania, and Western Pennsylvania. Classes are taught on the campuses of Elizabethtown and Juniata Colleges.

Graduate-level seminary courses give opportunity for students to obtain a degree from Bethany Seminary (or other accredited seminaries in the area, e.g., Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, or Evangelical School of Theology at Myerstown). The Center also has cross-registration with Eastern Mennonite Seminary-Lancaster campus. Accreditation of all graduate courses taken at the Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center is provided by Bethany Theological Seminary.

The Center also offers Certificate Training programs for laity and licensed ministers of the Church of the Brethren seeking to meet minimal standards for ordination. This is done through the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership. Church of the Brethren students in the TRIM program may also enroll for certificate or Academy courses. Continuing education programs provide training opportunities in leadership, ethics and decision making for ministers in the five district area and beyond.

To enroll in the graduate, certificate, or continuing education program, contact the SVMC office. For further information contact Donna M. Rhodes, Executive Director, or Amy Milligan, Program Coordinator/Registrar, at

Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center
Elizabethtown College
One Alpha Drive
Elizabethtown, PA 17022
(717) 361-1450

Nan Erbaugh
Emphasis in Peace Studies '08

NanBethany taught me so much. I didn't realize what a loner I had really been all my life until I opened myself to life within the Bethany community. I felt stretched, pushed, and affirmed in amazing, helpful ways. The importance of a close, supportive community cannot be overestimated, especially in light of the challenges faced living out the peace witness to which I feel called. At Bethany, I gained more courage to step into this crucial niche of the Church of the Brethren. Add the grounded, spiritual theological foundation and academic depth I gained through course work, and I feel transformed in a powerful, positive way to serve God.