A MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTORS

Welcome to Bethesda Christian Church! We are so thankful to cross paths with you, and we trust that you’ll find us to be a church community ready to walk with you as you follow Jesus Christ.
– Pastors Pat & Julie Visger

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OUR MISSION

KNOW THE WORD
LIVE THE WORD
SPREAD THE WORD


Our mission at Bethesda Christian Church is to KNOW THE WORD, LIVE THE WORD, and SPREAD THE WORD. Our goal as Christians must be to deepen our understanding of God’s Word that we may apply it to our lives, developing a relationship with Jesus Christ and answering His call to spread the Gospel.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

• We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God.
• We believe Jesus is the Son of God. He paid for our sins with His death and rose from the dead, overcoming the grave and offering us eternal life.
• We believe that we must come to Christ with faith and repentance to receive the eternal life He offers.
• We believe in following the scriptural command to be baptized after coming to Christ in faith and repentance.
• We believe in the infilling of the Holy Spirit and in practicing the gifts He has given the church.
• We believe Jesus Christ is alive and active in our world through the power of the Holy Spirit. He can and does heal sick bodies, minds, and emotions.
• We believe Jesus will physically and visibly return to Earth and will resurrect those who’ve died in Christ.
• We believe that baptism, the Lord’s Supper, footwashing, anointing with oil, matrimony, dedication of children, and confirmation are sacraments to be practiced reverently.


MEMBERSHIP

After Jesus resurrected, His Church grew as the apostles began preaching and teaching about Him. As believers were added, the apostles established regional or local bodies, places for Christians to learn and grow, worship, pray, serve, build relationships, and receive guidance and discipline from spiritual leaders. As a Christian, you have a place to belong. The Bible is clear on the benefits of belonging to a community of believers structured and governed in accordance with New Testament principles and practices. As a local church, Bethesda is a place to be established and strengthened in the faith as we meet regularly to worship and to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).

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MARRIAGE

Christian marriage is a God-ordained, lifelong covenant entered into publicly by a man and a woman with mutual consent and vows of faithfulness, uniting them both physically and spiritually. Scripture uses the sacrament of marriage to explain the covenant relationship God desires with His people, emphasizing the importance of purity. The Bible tells us that husband and wife become one flesh; any union other than a man and woman within marriage is sin, and a Christian should also not seek a marital bond with an unbeliever (2 Corinthians 6:14-15). As Christians, husband and wife are equal before the Lord (Galatians 3:28) and are to submit to Christ and to one another (Ephesians 5:21), moving beyond previous family bonds and beginning a new family.

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BAPTISM

Acts 2:38 tells us to “repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ.” By turning from the old lifestyle of sin and being immersed in water, a believer comes to relate to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus: “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life” (Romans 6:4). If you have repented of your sins and made Jesus Christ the Lord of your life but you have never been baptized, we would like to help you take this next step.

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DEDICATION

“Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him” (Psalm 127:3). Being entrusted with one of God’s greatest gifts is an awesome and momentous responsibility. At Bethesda, we encourage parents to bring their children to the altar and dedicate each one to God, acknowledging Him as the Giver of life as church elders lay their hands on the child and pray a prayer of dedication and blessing. Dedication also serves as a way for parents to publicly commit to raise their children “in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4) while trusting the Holy Spirit to draw their children’s hearts to eventually receive Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.

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CATECHISM

The word “catechism” comes from the Greek katecheo, used in Galatians 6:6 when Paul notes that he who is taught, or catechized, should share with him who is teaching, or catechizing—usually accomplished by the question-and-answer method. Jesus frequently revealed the truths of God to believers and skeptics alike by posing and taking questions. The Catechism curriculum at Bethesda uses this method to cover the foundations of Christianity and to help students gain knowledge of the Word of God, encounter the life-changing power of a relationship with Jesus Christ, and learn of their role in the local church. We ask all who seek to make Bethesda their home church to complete the Catechism class.

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GIVING

Every dollar we receive at Bethesda helps us deliver the Gospel and bless individual lives through our ministries and our missions. We bring our tithes and offerings to the Lord as acts of worship and obedience, knowing that everything we have is from Him: “‘Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it’” (Malachi 3:10). Just as God was able to multiply the loaves and the fishes in Mark 6, we trust Him to use our offering in miraculous ways.

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YourBCC Staff

PAT VISGER

SENIOR PASTOR

    Julie VISGER

    EXECUTIVE PASTOR OF MINISTRIES

    barry allen

    CARE PASTOR

    terry allen

    WORSHIP PASTOR

    Delynn Alter

    HOUSEKEEPING

      JASON BELLINGER

      DIRECTOR OF MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS

      RUTH BELLINGER

      EVENTS COORDINATOR

      KRISTINE BRANDON

      HOUSEKEEPING

      NIKHI BRYANT

      BAND DIRECTOR/ WORSHIP LEADER

      ROBIN CARLEY

      CORPORATE SECRETARY

        TODD CARLEY

        BUSINESS MANAGER

        ANGELA FERRIS

        PURCHASING/KITCHEN MANAGER

        AMY HUNTER

        RECEPTIONIST

        JASON JONES

        GROUNDS SUPERINTENDENT

        MATTHEW KLUG

        TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

          CONNIE MARCHESI

          PRODUCER

          TRACIE MASTROGIACOMO

          NURSERY COORDINATOR

          LILA PLACE

          HEAD OF PARKWAY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

          RJ PASCO

          VISUAL ARTS COORDINATOR

          PEGGY SUSAN

          FAMILY MINISTRIES ADMINISTRATOR

            ROB SUSAN

            DIRECTOR OF FAMILY MINISTRIES

            BRIAN SWARTS

            FACILITIES MANAGER

            HEATHER VISGER

            COMMUNICATIONS WRITER/EDITOR