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Wootton Named President of Bethel College

Dr. Mark Wootton has been named the new president of Bethel College, Hampton, Virginia.

Daryl Jones, chairman of the board of directors for Bethel College in Hampton, Virginia, announced to the campus community on Monday, March 27, that Dr. Mark V. Wootton has been selected as the new president, ending a four-month search conducted by a nine-member board.

Wootton comes to Bethel College with a rich history in Christian Higher Education. Following college, Wootton served as staff pastor, lead pastor, and church planter in churches in Arizona and Ohio. In 1994, he began teaching at Western Bible College in Phoenix, Arizona. He subsequently was appointed the president of college.

He then transitioned to Central Bible College (now a part of Evangel University) in Springfield, Missouri, to serve as a professor in the Church Ministries Department. While at Central Bible College, he moved to the position of vice president for College Advancement and ultimately became the executive vice president for the college. Wootton is currently a tenured professor at Evangel University in the Church Ministries Division.

His doctorate was earned at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Springfield, Missouri. He also completed an M.A. at Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, California, and a B.A. at Central Bible College.

Wootton was born in Indianapolis and raised in Ohio. He is married to the former Joy Davis of Kansas. Married for 37 years, they are the parents of four married children.

Bethel College was founded in 1998 as Bethel Bible Institute and in 2005 became Bethel College.