Bethel Christian Church is an independent, non-denominational fellowship of believers who seek to follow Christ and wear only His name. Although we exist apart from any external authority or control, we do participate with other churches in many projects and programs that exalt the Lord Jesus and spread the Gospel. We are not the only Christians, but we earnestly strive to be Christians only.
Bethel Christian Church exists to worship and honor God by bringing people to Jesus, binding them together as a family, building them up in Christ, and equipping them to become actively involved in Christian service.
Jesus Christ is the head of the church. We attempt to follow his guidance and direction in all aspects of what we do.
The Elders exist to guide our congregation in following the example of Christ as written in the scriptures. Elders preside at the Communion table during worship service and serve Communion to those unable to attend regular weekly service.
The Minister proclaims the Word through preaching to the congregation. He provides Biblical advice and spiritual encouragement and also presides over weddings and funerals within the congregation. He leads the evangelical outreach of the church. An associate minister and youth minister assist in these duties in various capacities as dictated by title.
The Deacons prepare and serve Communion during worship service and collect the offering. They perform various acts of service for the congregation as needed.
The Trustees represent the Church in various legal matters and in the upkeep and care of the facilities.
The Church Board consists of all of the above. The Board is responsible for presenting the annual budget and nominees for offices to the congregation, approving large expenditures, and maintaining the spiritual and general welfare of the congregation.
The Sunday School Superintendent guides the Sunday School curriculum and helps teachers facilitate a healthy Sunday School atmosphere.
We are an independent Christian Church, striving to follow only the Bible and restore the faith and life of the New Testament church. As such, we are part of the “Restoration Movement” and are loosely affiliated with other churches sharing the same goals and purposes. We do not claim to be the only Christians, but we are Christians only, and we are striving to call all believers to unite together under the authority of Jesus and the Word of God. There are over 5,000 such churches in the United States. We cooperate with other churches in the support of missionaries, Bible colleges, nursing homes, and children’s homes, but no outside organization has any control over what is done here.
Bethel Christian Church began in 1891. The Restoration Movement began early in the 1800’s with Thomas Campbell. As a member of the “Old-Light Anti-Burgher Seceder Presbyterian Church” he could not have communion with those who were in the “New-Light Anti-Burgher Seceder Presbyterian Church.” Campbell dreamed of uniting Christians, not starting another denomination.