Bethel Seventh-day Adventist School

489 South Kings Highway
Texarkana, TX, 75501



The Bethel SDA Church purchased five acres of land in 1980 and construction for a new church building was begun and completed in 1981.  The dream became a reality as the members saw a miracle performed by God on behalf of His children.


The tenure of Pastor Leroy Phillips brought with it his vision of Christian Education.  A church school was born as a result of his leadership. 


Under the leadership of Pastor Gilbert Williams, Bethel SDA Church launched a capital expansion program with the view to build a Multi-purpose building to house its church school and to accommodate other activities for the members and the community at large.  On January 1, 2000, the “Vision became a Victory” as the Bethel SDA Church family, friends and supporters celebrated the Grand Opening of their new Multi-purpose Building and Church School.  The building was dedicated the Coopwood Educational Building in 2006 in honor of Dr. William E. Coopwood.


The Bethel Church school has been blessed to have teachers who have a love for Christian education and a desire to teach the children in such a way that they will not only receive a good education but will also come to know Christian principles and values.


Bethel SDA Church School is fully accredited and teaches children from kindergarten through eighth grade.  Although the school falls under the umbrella of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Bethel Church School essentially is non-denominational and from an educational standpoint, mimics the public school system in some ways.  However, we teach basic Bible and the fundamentals of Christian living.

Mission Statement

The Bethel Seventh-day Adventist School family exists to show children Jesus, nurture their love for Him and others, teach them to think, and empower them to serve.

Our Philosophy

The Bethel Seventh-day Adventist School is operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church to provide a spiritually oriented education for children. A belief in the existence of the Creator God is fundamental in the philosophy of Seventh-day Adventist schools. We respect His divine authority and recognize His intervention in human affairs. We believe that true education develops the spiritual, mental, and physical powers of each student; preparing them for the joy of service in this life and for the higher joy of service in the life to come. To achieve this goal, we encourage each student to:
  • develop a personal relationship with God and his fellow men as stated in Matthew 2:37-39
  • master the basic academic skills
  • value labor, physical and mental, as the blessing God intended
  • cultivate physical fitness, mental ability, and moral purity as the blessing God intended.

The Bethel Seventh-day Adventist School operates in harmony with the guidance and direction of the Office of Education, North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.