Bethel Baptist of Mankato has a 125 plus year history in this community. The church was launched by a small group of Swedish immigrants on November 12, 1892, with the name of the Scandinavian Baptist church of Mankato. In December of 1928 the name was changed to Bethel Baptist Church.
Located in a community of 100,000 (Mankato and North Mankato), this area is a thriving community and has been highly ranked for having a lower cost of living, low unemployment, higher wages, quality education (both high schools and colleges) and numerous quality opportunities in the Arts, Recreation, and Entertainment.
Nearby communities include Saint Peter, LeSueur, Lake Crystal, Madison Lake, and Eagle Lake. Additionally, we are located 79 miles from Minneapolis-St. Paul, 84 miles to Rochester, 157 miles to Sioux Falls, 209 miles to Des Moines, and 432 miles to Chicago.
Mankato is home to East and West High Schools and Loyola Catholic High School. In addition to these, we have: South Central Community & Technical College which has approximately 6,000 students; Bethany Lutheran College, a private, residential, Christian Liberal Arts College with approximately 600 students; Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter), a private co-educational liberal arts college with nearly 2,500 students; Minnesota State University-Mankato, a four-year university, and the 3rd largest higher education institution in Minnesota. It has attendance of 16,000 with 500 International students from 66 countries. It offers Bachelors, Masters, and applied Doctorate degrees; Rasmussen College is a private college for Business and Professional careers, with approximately 650 students.
Our current location was chosen to facilitate outreach opportunities associated with a large university serving many diverse backgrounds.
Other notables that Mankato has to offer are:
- Children’s Museum
- Lakes and River Adventures
- Numerous Parks
- Youth Sport Leagues
- Three Movie Theaters
- Biking/Hiking Trails
- Mount Kato Ski Facility
- City Art Sculpture Walking Tour
- Adult Sport Leagues
- Retail Mall
- City Center hosting concerts, sporting events, meetings, etc.
- Vetter Outdoor Amphitheater that hosts live music and other events.
The Mankato community is diverse, having residents from over 26 different racial and/or ethnic backgrounds using 42 different languages. It is still approximately 93% white/Caucasian, but that demographic is ever changing.
Bethel Baptist has a rich history in missions. We support 14 missionaries in prayer and finances. These reach locally and around the world. We have participated in conjunction with the General Baptist Conference (Converge) to send teams to the Ukraine several years in a row. Our goal is to spend 10% of our budget in missions.
Our ministries include children, youth, young adults, adults, and worship.