PASTOR JOEL AND FAMILY
Joel holds a Master's of Divinity Degree from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illiinois as well as a Bachelor's in Social Work from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Joel has a particular passion for rural ministry and the rural lifestyle. He enjoys talking about matters of theology and faith, but also enjoys talking about weather and crop yields.
Joel's wife Jenny grew up in Decatur, Illinois and holds a Master's Degree in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. Jenny enjoys visiting with people and brings her deep sense of caring to all of her relationships.
Joel and Jenny also stay quite busy with their three Children, Josephine (Joey), Ian and WIlliam (Will).
OTHER LINKS OF INTEREST
ev. Taku and Rev. Katie Longkumer serve as country co-coordinators for India, providing mission organization for International Ministries personnel and partners in the country. They also serve as advisors and consultants to the Baptist Churches Council in Eastern India and to the Council of Baptist Churches in North East India (CBCNEI). Taku works with CBCNEI and its six member conventions to strengthen mission training, supervision, caring and support, while Katie’s focus is promoting worship and providing counseling training. Katie and Taku also serve with the India Mission Coordination Committee, which strengthens network and mission cooperation of Baptist churches in India.
Larry and Becky Stanton are currently serving with International Ministries partners Hungarian Baptist Aid and the Baptist Union of Hungary. Becky works with schools in the eastern region of the country, primary and elementary community schools in Téglás and a technical high school in Debrecen. Larry assists Serbian Baptist churches in Stara Moravica and Paçer with their service to the community and to refugees along the Balkan route. Larry and Becky’s three daughters attend local schools, learning Hungarian and teaching English as only children can.
MESSAGE OF THE MONTH FROM PASTOR JOEL
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October 24 - Concert by Rod Nicholson and Robert Sampson - 7:00pm
Welcome to Bethel
We'd like to welcome you to Bethel's home on the web. But, more than that, we'd love to welcome you in person to our home in the country. Please do join us for any of our services. We like to think you'd be blessed by our community of faith and we know we'd be blessed to have you join us! Bethel is a rural congregation with a dynamic mix of younger and older people. We enjoy a blended worship style and great fellowship! We are a small town church with a global vision.