Bethany Christian Church

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Staff

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Ministers

  • Bob Bell – Senior Minister 

 Bob has been the Senior Minister at Bethany since September 1991.  He joined the Bethany staff as Associate Minister in July 1987.  Bob graduated from Cincinnati Christian University and Cincinnati Bible Seminary, where he met his wife, Cindy. Bob and Cindy have two children and five grandchildren. Bob’s son Brian and his wife, Rachel, along with Brody, live in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Traci, along with her four girls (Makiyha, Kenzi, Addy and Hallie), live in Anderson.  Bob and Cindy enjoy traveling and can often be found out on the road in their convertible, weather permitting, with the top down; however, they have been known to have the top down with the heater or air conditioner on high.  Bob found out that driving in the rain while trying to hold an umbrella did not work!

  • Chris Bell – Student Ministries

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Chris grew up not too far from here in Hagerstown, IN, but his passion to work with students was developed while traveling with his family doing local and international missions.  Since his junior year of high school, he has traveled/lived in places from Vietnam and India to Wisconsin and California.  It was through all of these experiences that his passion to work with students developed and has been strengthened.  He attended Johnson Bible College and then finished his Christian Leadership degree at Anderson University.  He started dating his wife, Ariel, while at Johnson and got married in June of 2006.  Ariel (Fuller) has been a member at Bethany since her middle school years. It was through this connection that Chris started working with the youth as a volunteer and then joined the staff in August of 2013.  Chris and Ariel have a son, Miles, who shares a birthday with his dad.  Chris loves hanging out with high school/middle school students, reading and doing anything he can to be with other people.

  • Tim Fair – Adult Ministries and Discipleship

Fair, Tim - croppedA true Indiana native, Tim grew up south of Indianapolis and there he developed a passion for God, outdoors and sports.  He graduated from Johnson Bible College in 2006.  It was there that he met his wife, Courtney, and later married in the summer of 2007.  They have a son named Isaac, a daughter named Cana, and a chocolate lab named Marley.  Tim joined the staff in February 2008.  He enjoys anything outdoors including biking, camping, and hiking and has been known to regularly have a book in one hand and a highlighter in the other.

 

  • Gabriel Ohmes – Worship Minister

A transplant from the mid-west, Gabriel (feel free to call him Gabe) grew up west of St. Louis, in rural Missouri.  He met his wife, Rachel, in high school and they later married in 1997. He graduated from Saint Louis Christian College in 2001. Gabe joined the Bethany staff in September of 2010.  There is always something happening at the Ohmes home because Gabe and Rachel have three sons, Zachary, Jeffrey and Timothy. Gabe enjoys riding bikes and exploring the outdoors with Rachel and the boys, has a significant interest in home improvement and an enthusiasm for all things musical.  If you find yourself on campus at Bethany, you can usually find Gabe by following the sound of whistling, humming, or singing.

 

  • Tisha Schultz – Children’s Ministries Director

Schultz, Tisha - croppedTisha grew up in Carlisle, a small town in southwestern Indiana. She decided to venture far from home and attend Anderson University where she majored in elementary education. While there, she met Brian and began attending Bethany Christian Church. Brian and Tisha were married at Bethany in the fall of 2007 and settled into their new life together in Anderson. For five years, Tisha taught first, second, and third grade students in a small public school just outside of Anderson. However, her heart for children and desire to follow God’s plan drew her out of the classroom and led her to join the Bethany staff in June 2013 as Director of Children’s Ministries. Tisha enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends, including her ten nieces & nephews!

  • Kent Stookey – Pastoral Care & Involvement

Kent grew up here at Bethany.  He graduated from Johnson Bible College in 1979 and earned his Master of Divinity from Golden State School of Theology in 1991.  After ministering for about 20 years to churches in Pennsylvania and Indiana, he returned to Bethany as an Associate Minister in 1999.  His current responsibilities include Pastoral Care and Involvement.  He oversees Bereavement Care, Divorce Care, Keenagers, Community Outreach, and Care Ministry to shut-ins and nursing homes.  Kent’s passion is to serve and help people, especially during difficult times like hospital stays, surgery or death.  The better half of Kent’s ministry is his wife, Carol.  Kent has two grown children, Ryan with wife Desiree and Matt with wife Alicia and one grandson, Eli.

 

Administrative Staff

  • Cindy Blake – Business Manager

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Cindy joined the staff as our Business Manager in April 2012.   She and her husband (Bob) have two daughters (Sarah and Lynda), two grandchildren (Harmony and Blake), three granddogs, and four grandcats.  Cindy enjoys playing the piano, antiquing, and spending time at home … but nothing tops spending time with her grandchildren.

 

 

 

  •  Paul Dick – Weekend Facilities Coordinator

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  • Larry Gibson – Technical Coordinator/Production Asst.

Larry and his wife, Dixie, started attending Bethany in 1966 when the 5th of their 7 children was born. They were youth coaches and Sunday School teachers for years.  They have 7 grown children, 19 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.  Larry recently graduated from college.  He likes playing sports, music, photography, flying airplanes and riding motorcycles.

 

 

 

  • Laura Gloff – Administrative Assistant    

Laura married her husband, Denny, in 1974, and they have two daughters, Amanda and Alycia. Laura grew up here at Bethany and has been involved with the choir and handbells.  She was one of our nursery school teachers for eight years and began working in the church office June 2003.  Her main tasks now include assisting Bob, Larry and Kent. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and music.

 

 

  • Becky McMillan – Secretary

Becky joined our office staff in June of 2007, though she has been a member of Bethany since 1970.  She shares the duties of secretary with Tracy Odom.  Becky was married to her husband, Lucky (Neal), in July of 1975 here at Bethany.  She has three children: Carly (husband, Tyler) Kingery, Alayna McMillan & Nathan McMillan.  She also has eight grandchildren with another one on the way.  Becky says she loves being here at Bethany, and she looks forward to each day she is here working with this crazy bunch (though we’re not real sure what she means by that).  In her spare time away from here, she likes to cook, go fishing, and go horseback riding (and has been trying to convince the Building Committee to install hitching posts).

 

  • Tracy Odom – Secretary

Tracy joined our office staff in November of 2004.  Tracy has been a member of Bethany since 1991.  She is married to Darren and has two children, McKenzie & Braden, who are both active in the youth here at Bethany.  When Tracy is not assisting the staff & congregation here at Bethany, she enjoys spending time with family & friends and watching her children participate in various activities.

 

 

  • Allan Rhodes – Head Custodian

Allan joined the staff on February 3, 2003.  He has been married to lovely Rita for 28 years.  Allan and Rita have two daughters, Nancy Green (husband, Jim), and Bethany Baker (husband, Cris).  They also have four grandchildren: Alex Ryan, Annabel Alise, Eleanor Catherine, and last but not least, Peter “N the oven” Green.   Allan began learning and playing the guitar at the age of five, and he says he has always known what he would be when he grew up (still waiting).  Allan says that working in God’s house using what he has learned in life as a musician and applying it to worshiping God and caring for God’s house has been a pure pleasure and a joy.

  • Greg Rhodes – Custodian

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  • Bethany Rielage – Worship Assistant 

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  • Don Vanderluit  – Facilities Manager

Don has been a familiar face around Bethany for many years.  In the past, he has served as elder and finance chairman and still functions as facilities manager during the week.  Don is married to Kay, and they have a daughter, Susan Pidcock (husband, Steve) and granddaughter, Maycee (their special blessing).  Both Don and Kay have been and continue to be actively involved in the life of Bethany.  Don has coordinated our Bereavement Support Ministry since 1993.  We’re thrilled to have Don around and to allow him space to use his “jack of all trades” abilities!

 

Elders

Dallas Canfield

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Mike Cockrill

Mike is a life-long resident of Anderson and retired from General Motors after 41 years of service. Mike served with the U.S. Army from 1966-68. He presently works part time with Anderson University doing landscaping. Mike and his wife of 35 years, Elaine, have one son – Chris. He enjoys most anything that involves being outside, such as, fishing, yard work, gardening, and most sports. He enjoys working with young people and children very much, and he currently serves as the 3rd and 4th grade boys’ LifeGroup leader. Mike and his wife also share in leading a LifeGroup which regularly meets at their home.

 

Kirk Engbrecht

Kirk EngbrechtKirk and his family began attending Bethany Christian Church in 2002.  Kirk and his wife, Cheryl, have four daughters: Madeline, Mary, Marisa, and Mallory.  Kirk has lived in the Anderson area his entire life.  He served as a Deacon for three years and currently co-teaches a Sunday school class.  He enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and listening to music.  Kirk works as the Director of Procurement Services in Marion.

 

Gary Flowers

Gary attended Bethany as a child. He was baptized during Bethany’s vacation bible school in June of 1962. Gary married Brenda at Bethany on Valentine’s Day 1971. They  have two children and three grandchildren. Gary’s passions are discipleship and family. He assisted in the construction phases and growth of two sister churches, Southern Heights (1973) and Tri-County (1992), before returning to Bethany. Over the years, Gary has served as a deacon, elder, youth teacher/sponsor, choir member, small group leader, and as a participant on the outreach ministry teams of baseball, basketball, and racquetball. Gary recently retired from a 40-year farming career. He served his local community as a dedicated fireman for 17 years with his last 10 years on the department in the capacity of fire chief.

John Longnaker

John, an Anderson native, was baptized at Bethany in 1980.  After graduating from law school in 1993, he returned to town.  Soon after, he served as a deacon, played drums weekly for worship and taught the 4-6th grade youth group with his wife, Amber, whom he married in 1996.  They have three children, with whom they share many interests.  Currently he enjoys teaching/co-coordinating the K-2nd grade Sunday School, frequently playing drums, & being a part of adult Sunday school & small groups at Bethany.  He enjoys baseball, sailing, fishing, reading, music, Scotland, zoology and science.  John’s law practice is limited to estate planning & administration, elder law, and special needs.  He is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation and is an accredited Veteran’s attorney.

Ted Mitchener

Mitchener, Ted - croppedTed and his wife, Valerie, moved to Anderson in 1993 and began attending Bethany. Having been “sprinkle baptized” earlier in their lives, they both opted to be immersed in 1994 and officially joined Bethany Christian Church. Their two sons, Scott and Ryan, were also baptized at Bethany in 1999. Ted has served as youth coach, deacon, missions team member, and Sunday school teacher for college age students. He currently serves as choir member, handbell choir member, praise band member, LifeGroup leader, and basketball outreach co-coordinator. Ted enjoys camping, basketball, racquetball, and working outside around the house. Valerie enjoys reading, crafts, and puzzles. They both adore their two grandsons – Noah and Leyton.

Dave Rowlen

Dave and his family began attending Bethany in 2000. Married to Penny since 1986, they have two children. Amanda followed in her mom’s footsteps and is a school teacher in Shelbyville, and George is a psychology major at Ball State. Dave enjoys working with the youth group here at Bethany. He is a bike rider, doing several rides to raise funds for the charity, ActiveWater. Dave is a branch manager at a local bank here in Madison County. He has worked in banking or mortgage lending most of his career.

 

John Sandlin

John and his wife, Lea Ann, have been attending Bethany Christian Church since 1984.  He served as a deacon from 1989 to 1991 and as an elder since 1991, with the exception of two years.  He has served as a Sunday School teacher since 1994.  John is a certified public accountant and is accredited in business valuation.  He has a daughter, Laura, and a granddaughter, Aleya.  John enjoys spending time with his granddaughter, ballroom dancing, hiking, softball and basketball.

 

 

Dwayne Smith

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Greg Stephenson

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Barry Wilson

Barry Wilson

Barry has been a member at Bethany since January 2002 after transferring his membership from his family’s church in Daleville, where he was baptized.  Since coming to Bethany, Barry has served several years as deacon, been involved with the children’s ministry, taught adult bible classes and currently serves on the church finance committee.   Along with his wife, Teresa, he has three great children and two wonderful stepchildren, but their latest reward in life has been their new grandson, Landon.   Barry has been a retail business owner almost his entire adult life, but hopes to eventually leave the business world a few years down the road and fully commit to volunteering and ministry.