Meet Beth Elness-Hanson

Beth Elness-Hanson Beth Elness-Hanson
Professor & Chair of Biblical Studies
Global & Intercultural StudiesProgram Director

B.A., Trinity Lutheran College
B.A., University of Minnesota, Duluth
M.A.T., Fuller Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Candidate in Old Testament, Misjonshøgskolen, Stavanger, Norway

Courses Taught: Christian Symbology, Luke and Acts, Inductive Bible Study Methods, Biblical Theology of Mission

Biography: Beth Elness-Hanson joined the faculty in 2008 and serves as Professor & Chair of Biblical Studies and Global & Intercultural Studies Program Director.

Beth teaches Bible courses, specializing in the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible), in addition to teaching biblical theology of mission, spiritual formation, inductive Bible study methods, and global mission. Her professional research continues in intercultural hermeneutics of the Hebrew Bible.

Beth also taught at the MaaSae Girls Lutheran Secondary School in Monduli, Tanzania, East Africa, and continues to teach in local congregations. Previously, she was the Director of Communications at Trinity Lutheran College and oversaw communications in a congregational ministry. She also served as a program director in camping ministry.

An alumna of Trinity (Lutheran Bible Institute; certificate ’84, and B.A. ’90, majoring in biblical studies), Beth also earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota (biology major, chemistry minor) and a Master of Arts in Theology, with an emphasis in biblical studies and theology, from Fuller Theological Seminary. Beth has engaged in additional study in Christian spirituality at Regent College, Vancouver, Canada.

As one who has lived in Asia and Africa, Beth continues to enjoy travel, facilitating mission trips for local congregations. Her life is enriched by day hikes, being creative with her daughter, supporting others through the cancer journey (Beth's husband died in 2010 from brain cancer), and if time allows, playing drums for worship teams.