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Here is information that we trust you find helpful as you make transportation and lodging arrangements to join us at Bethany, whether for an informal visit, or for special events.



Please refer to our Map and Directions page for complete driving directions and nearby airports.  All nearby airports listed have an array of rental car options. 

Unfortunately, public transportation options directly into Richmond are limited, as we currently have neither train nor bus service close by. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us.



For most visits and events, there is ample space for parking available in Bethany's designated parking area on the Earlham campus. Bethany's parking area is in and behind (south of) Bethany Center, adjacent to Earlham College Admissions. (You may enter the Earlham campus and follow signs to Admissions to get to Bethany's parking area.)  Those with mobility needs are invited to park in front of Bethany Center adjacent to National Road (there are two designated handicap spots, and three others spots as well).

Visitors for larger events may find the most convenient parking to be in the large Earlham College parking lot just west of the main Earlham College entrance off National Road (one block west of the seminary at 801 National Road West--drive into the entrance, turn right at the stop sign).  It is a short two-block walk back to the Seminary along National Road from there.

For the 2014 Presidential Forum, signs will be posted to assist you in finding the best parking spaces.


Richmond Lodging Options

Option from the following list are suggestions that we have compiled to assist you in your planning.  To see where these are located, you may refer to the Richmond City Map found on our Map and Directions page.

For the 2014 Presidential Forum, discounted blocks of rooms are being held at two Richmond locations for a limited time. Guests must state that they are with the Bethany Seminary Presidential Forum to receive special rates.

  • For the Hampton Inn & Suites (765-966-5200), reserve by March 14 for special rates.
  • For the Best Western Classic Inn (765-939-9500), reserve by March 14 for special rates.


Hampton Inn & Suites

455 Commerce Road
I-70, exit 156A
Richmond, IN 47374
(765) 966-5200


Best Western Classic Inn
533 West Eaton Pike
Jct. I-70 and US 40
Richmond, IN 47374

Comfort Inn
912 Mendelson Drive
Richmond, IN 47374
(765) 935-4766
(800) 221-2222


Days Inn
5775 National Road East
Richmond, IN 47374


Quality Inn
5501 National Road East
Richmond, IN 47374
(765) 966-7511
(800) 548-2473


Knights Inn
3020 East Main Street
Richmond, IN 47374
(765) 966-1505
(800) 528-1234


Motel 6
419 Commerce Road
Richmond, IN 47374
(765) 966-6682


Super 8 Motel (Centerville)
2407 North Centerville Road
I-70 at Centerville Exit 145
Centerville, IN 47330
(765) 855-5461


Super 8 Motel (Richmond)
2525 Chester Blvd.
U.S. 27 North & I-70
Richmond, IN 47374
(765) 962-7576
(800) 654-2000


Quaker Hill Conference Center

Simple, dorm-like, double-occupancy rooms. $35.00 each per night double occupancy;
$45.00 per night single occupancy, some handicapped-accessible.

10 Quaker Hill Drive
Richmond, IN 47374
Phone: (765) 962-5741
Fax: (765) 965-3264
E-mail: info@qhcc.org


Lauramoore Guest House and Retreat Center

Lauramoore is an historic home operated by the Earlham School of Religion. There are nine rooms available, most with a single bed. Cost is $50 per night.

504 NW 5th Street
Richmond, IN 47374
   Please contact Matthew Mosey at 765-983-1687 or moseyma@earlham.edu to make arrangements.


Additional lodging options such as camping and bed and breakfast can be found on the Wayne County website:  http://www.waynet.org/lodging/lodging_type.htm#motel

Brandon Hanks
(Master of Divinity)

BrandonI find great comfort in knowing that the gifts of God are irrevocable--that God is faithful even if we are faithless. My faith journey begins with the Church of the Brethren. I was raised in the church by my family going to Sunday school and attending worship each week. But as a teenager I found myself struggling in my understanding of the word of God. I wanted to own my faith. I wanted it to be a real and genuine confession, not one merely adopted through my family's tradition. It was during that time of exploration that God revealed my calling as a minister in God's church.