Seminary Wives Institute is an innovative program designed to prepare the wives of seminary students for their role in their husband’s ministry. SWI is an academic program with courses designed to give biblically based and practically applied teaching, taught by our own seminary faculty as well as faculty wives and guest speakers. Upon completion, ladies earn a Certificate of Ministry Studies from Boyce College.
Women of the Word is a discipleship program for female students and student wives that will challenge them to consider carefully both Scripture and their response to it, so as to deepen their faith in, love for, and obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ. Our hope is to give a working model of how to conduct a ladies Bible study with expositional and relational skill.
Koinonia is a twice-per-semester event for all the ladies of the Southern community to fellowship with one another. Female students and student wives will get to know the wives of faculty and administration with a brief program and casual conversation as we build upon our strong sense of community here.
While the classroom is full of practical training for ministry, Equip is intended to focus on training specifically for women’s ministry. The purpose of Equip is to take theological training and apply it to real-life situations that women will face in ministry. Each semester an Equip seminar is offered to the ladies of Southern.
The Adelphai Society is a student organization that seeks to serve the wives of Ph.D. students. Through monthly meetings the Adelphai Society provides fellowship, equips and encourages women as they love and support their husbands, and also exposes Ph.D. wives to the academic world.
Woman’s Auxiliary (WA) is a network of women who prayerfully support the seminary in a number of ways, such as providing scholarships for female students, supporting international students, and taking on projects around campus. One of WA’s projects is The Southern Exchange, a ministry to current students that provides donated gently used clothing, household items, and furniture.
Bethel was born in Manila and was raised in Laoag City, Philippines. She earned a BA in Social Sciences (2014) from the University of the Philippines-Baguio, an MA in Biblical Counseling (2018), and a Doctorate in Education (2021) from Southern Seminary. Bethel’s research interests are epistemology, discipleship & human development, Christian education, cross-cultural education, and Biblical Counseling.
Prior to coming to Southern Seminary, Bethel served as a student leader with CRU Philippines (2012-2014) and a resource speaker for the Lovestruck Movement, Philippines (a Filpino version of True Love Waits).
In 2016, Bethel served as a Ministry Leader intern under the Women’s Ministry Coordinator. She also served University of Louisville international students as a BCM ministry intern of Immanuel Baptist Church.
Besides serving at Southern Seminary, Bethel also works as the Soul Care Director at Graceland Church, New Albany. She also serves as a co-host of the Grow Deep podcast, a Filipino podcast dedicated to reaching young adults through conversations on relationships, life, and faith.
Besides working, Bethel loves reading, writing, and spending time with her friends and her boyfriend, Kevin Webb.