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
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