Leadership

God has blessed Bethany with a talented and Christ-honoring staff. Meet them here!

Pastors

Teaching & Discipleship, Elder

Dr. Ritch Boerckel

Pastor Ritch has been ministering at Bethany since 1993. His previous training includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pastoral Training from Moody Bible Institute, a Masters of Theology degree in Bible Exposition from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Ministry from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Pastor Ritch and his wife Kimberly have three grown sons that are each married: Alexander (Kiera), Daniel (Elizabeth), and Jackson (Taylor).
Teaching & Care, Elder

Josh Beakley

Josh has served Bethany since 2013. He spent his childhood in a variety of locations, from Michigan, Illinois, California, and even South Africa. He graduated from the Master’s College in Santa Clarita, California, with a degree in Business, and then continued on through The Master’s Seminary, where he completed his Masters of Divinity in 2013. Josh has been married to his wife Janea since 2012, and they have three children: Jade, Jude, and Julietta.
Staff Oversight, Elder

Bob Castle

Bob began attending Bethany in March of 1999, and has served as an elder since 2012. In February of 2018, after 30 years with Caterpillar Inc., Bob transitioned onto the staff team at Bethany where he oversees a wide variety of ministry areas across all ages and stages of life in the church. He is married to Markie, and they have three sons; Shane (Christy), Brent (Kristin), and Spencer. Bob and Markie have six grandsons as well!
Older Adults

Lyall Sutton

Pastor Lyall has been ministering at Bethany since 1988. His previous training includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Religion and Pastoral Studies from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and a Master of Arts in Ministry from Moody Graduate School in Chicago, Illinois. Lyall and his wife Sheila have two children, Megan and Ben (married to Hannah).
Biblical Counseling, Elder

Joel Smith

Pastor Joel has attended Bethany since April of 2005 and came on staff in May 2006. He is originally from Lafayette, IN. Before serving on staff, he was senior pastor at Northpark Baptist Church. He serves as the counseling pastor and helps with the connecting ministries.  He is married to Ginny and they have three children, Philip (married to Jennie), Evan, and Kirsten.

Elders

Elder-in-Development

Eric Andris

Elder Chairman

Jon Baumann

Teaching & Care, Elder

Josh Beakley

Elder

Cal Benedict

Teaching & Discipleship, Elder

Dr. Ritch Boerckel

Executive Pastor, Elder

Bob Castle

Elder-in-Development

Travis Critten

Praise & Music, Elder-in-Development

Isaac Downing

Elder

Don Haupt

Elder

Dan Hoyt

Elder

Wes Kieser

Elder

Jack Mason

Elder

Josh Moon

Elder

Marty Roth

Elder

Billy Schick

Elder

Kyle Scholl

Biblical Counseling, Elder

Joel Smith

Elder

Steve Weaver

Elder

Dr. Jeff Williamson

Deacons

Deacon

Justin Bailey

Deacon

Jason Barley

Deacon

Mark Ellison

Deacon

Doug Hamilton

Deacon

Dan Hoerr

Minister of Global Outreach, Deacon

Steve Hornbrook

Deacon

John Myatt

Deacon

Ron Penick

Deacon

Dave Ramsay

Deacon

Denny Reed

Deacon

Brian Stone

Deacon

Vince Warner

Deacon

Dennis Zimmerman

Deaconesses

Deaconess

Jeanette Akright

Deaconess-in-Development

Genae Andris

Deaconess-in-Development

Joy Baumann

Deaconess

Kim Benedict

Deaconess

Ann Bryant

Deaconess-in-Development

Michelle Critten

Deaconess-in-Development

Kristi DeBacker

Administrative Assistant, Deaconess-in-Development

Dianna Fouts

Deaconess-in-Development

Mura Haupt

Deaconess-in-Development

Shelli Hoerr

Office Manager, Deaconess-in-Development

Jan Mosier

Deaconess-in-Development

Julie Roth

Deaconess

Jane Scholl

Deaconess-in-Development

Joy Unseth

Deaconess

Dede Warner

Deaconess-in-Development

Shelley Weaver

Deaconess-in-Development

Jen Weers

Ministry and Support Staff

Custodian

Kayli Ragains

Custodian

Steve Shultz