Leadership matters. Spiritual leadership is important to discern God’s call, maintain a clear vision and provide healthy oversight and accountability for our congregations. Each year, our congregations are asked to nominate qualified, God-honoring leaders to serve in the roles of Elder and Deacon. This selection process requires prayerful consideration to discern those God is calling to provide spiritual leadership who exhibit the qualifications found in 1 Timothy 3. In our multi-campus structure, Pastoral Elders and Deacons serve on each campus to oversee our whole family of churches.
SOUTH CAMPUS ELDER CANDIDATES
My wife Tracey and I have been connected with Bethel since 1986. We have been married a short 34 years and are blessed with three adult children, and one grandson. We both grew up in the Dallas area. I have been in the grocery industry for over 33 years. We love sharing our faith in word and deed. It is a privilege to be in a community of believers who love the Lord and each other. I greatly enjoy pouring into lives and watching them grow in their relationship with God through His word.
I married my college sweetheart Carole in 1982, and she serves as Bethel’s Women’s Ministry Coordinator. We have two precious granddaughters who live only seven miles away from our home in Bullard. I am a 5th Generation from Palestine, Texas. We have attended Bethel Bible Church for 10 years. I am the CEO of Hodges Benefits, LLC in Tyler. I enjoy upland game hunting and clay target shooting with my son, Taylor. I am enthusiastic and passionate about meeting new people and connecting them to the body of Christ. I enjoy serving alongside strong Bethel leaders who are sold out for Christ.
My wife Carrie and I have five children, Austin, Hayden, Avery, Noah and Beck. We came to Tyler in 1995 to join in the ministry of Pine Cove camps. During that time I have been the Ranch camp director (middle school) and the Woods camp director (family camp) and currently serve as the Chief Ministry Officer. We have been a part of the Bethel community since 2006. We have been serving in vocational ministry for our entire marriage and are passionate about communicating the life transformation that happens through our relationship with Christ.
Donna, truly my better half, and I moved to Tyler as a young doctor and wife with a one-year-old, Jonathan. We moved into a house, the very one we live in now, and we were involved in starting Bethel in 1982. I still work as an internist (a doctor for adults) at Trinity Mother Francis and have the privilege of still taking care of some of the same patients for over 30 years.
I love the Lord, and I love being a disciple of Jesus and a discipler of men. I love being a doctor, a husband to probably the best wife in the world for 40 years, a father of 4, and a Pawpaw to 9 grandkids (I also love being a certified expert on Disney princesses). I love missions and have had the privilege of traveling all over the world, as God calls the world to His son! I love Bethel, a part of His church in this world. What a joy it has been to see all the changes that God has done in this church. God is amazing, Jesus is indescribable and the Holy Spirit is truly the lover of my soul!
Ann, my wife and I, married as we finished our degrees at Oklahoma State University. After military service for me and graduates degrees for both us we came to Texas. We are native Oklahomans. We have two children, Allison and James, who have provided us with three grandchildren to love. I have been an Administrator and Professor in the College of Business and Technology at University of Texas at Tyler since 1995. Most everyone in our immediate family is active in Bible Study Fellowship. Ann is a very gifted and experienced early childhood specialist. In our spare time we enjoy travelling and got to experience Israel in June 2015. We have been a part of Bethel since 1996. What we love most about Bethel is being a part of helping to implement its God given vision with so many great fellow believers who lead and serve the Lord Jesus Christ here.
SOUTH CAMPUS DEACON CANDIDATES
I have been married to my amazing wife, Kami for 7 years. We have two rambunctious boys Maxx and Titus. I grew up in a small town in East Texas and received my Electrical Engineering degree from Lamar University. I moved to Tyler in 2004 for an engineering position at CB&I. I am currently a Project Manager at KP Engineering, where I get to work with some great people. Kami and I met at Green Acres Baptist Church, in the singles ministry. We have been attending Bethel for 5 years and have loved the Bible focused teaching and all of the great people. It has been amazing to see our Church grow and now have the honor to serve in a greater capacity.
My wonderful wife Brooke and I have been married for 15 years. We are blessed with two terrific sons, Huck and Jones. Since moving back from Los Angeles to East Texas in 2012, we absolutely fell in love with Bethel Bible and it’s Biblical teachings and sound doctrines. The commitment of the Bethel leadership and staff to study God’s Scriptures and a true sense of community and family is what originally drew us to Bethel. We are blessed to serve at, worship at and call Bethel Bible our home. Please contact me if you need anything or have any questions. We truly hope that Bethel can give you the home and community that it has for the Millers.
I’ve been married to Gena for nearly 15 years and we have three girls, Megan, Paige, and Sadie Rose. I arrived in Tyler in 2008 and began working as an Emergency Medicine physician. We enjoy the incredible teaching, the vision of our leaders, and the many opportunities there are to serve here at Bethel.
I am married to Christianne and we have one son, Asher. I was born and raised in the Tyler area, and have been a part for Bethel since 2008. We serve on the greeting team, and find great joy serving beside our brothers and sisters in Christ. We love how Bethel teaches God’s Word, loves people, and wants to see people grow in their relationship with Christ.
I am a native East Texan and have been serving the Tyler community as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at ETMC since 2008. My wife and I were introduced to Bethel Bible Church through the Grafted Ministry in the fall of 2012. We have been blessed by the way Bethel reaches out to adoption and foster families, the sound Biblical teaching, and the emphasis on discipleship. My wife April, a native Texan, and I have been married for 17 years. Together we have 5 fantastic children, a mix of biological and adopted, and two dogs who keep our lives full of activity, humility and joy. I am looking forward to serving the Bethel family and seeing what the Lord has in store for our family through this season.
WHITEHOUSE CAMPUS DEACON CANDIDATES
I am Clinton Carr and I have been married to my lovely wife Allison since 2007. We have four wonderful children that are 7, 5, 3, and three months, and we have been a part of Bethel – Whitehouse for almost 2 years. I am humbled to serve as a deacon of Bethel – Whitehouse (pending the vote) and look forward to helping the people of the church and community.
I am Steve Hudson and I have been married to my best friend, Karen, for almost 38 years. We have two grown children, Yvonne and Eric, and two teenage grandchildren, Javan and Eden. We have been a part of Bethel for 5 years and part of the Whitehouse campus for almost 2 years. Bethel at Whitehouse has become home to Karen and me, and the people are like family. I am humbled and looking forward to serving as a deacon of Bethel.
I am a 3rd grade teacher at Cumberland Academy Elementary and I’ve been married to Julie for 26 years this June. We have an adult daughter, Meagan, who just graduated from UT Tyler with her teaching degree, and a son, Drew, who will be a freshman at Cumberland Academy in the fall. I have been serving and worshiping at the Bethel Whitehouse campus since it’s first day and we are excited about the additional leadership and service opportunities that God has laid on our hearts. I’m humbled at the opportunity to serve this body as deacon..
DOWNTOWN CAMPUS ELDER CANDIDATE
I have been married to my wife Barbara for 30 years, and we have three children — Justin, Colette, and Melissa, as well as three grandkids. I’ve worked at a natural gas plant for 35 years. It is my pleasure to currently serve as a deacon at the Downtown Campus, but I have been a member of Bethel for 30 years. I enjoy the solid teaching, worship, and the the Body of Christ at Bethel.
DOWNTOWN CAMPUS DEACON CANDIDATES
My name is Clay Nichols. I am married to Amber Nichols. We have one boy who’s name is Coleman. We grew up in East Texas and moved for a short 4 years to Austin, Texas were we learned a lot about our faith and relationship with Christ and the Church. I knew Bethel had solid doctrine and theology and seeing our pastoral staff teach it’s no wonder we came back. We feel blessed to be apart of a church who is a family and a church who loves on people. When I look at Bethel I think of the word intentional.
Hello, my name is Mark Odom and I grew up in East Texas – Chapel Hill Bulldog class of 1985. I married my wife Terri in 1990 and have been blessed with two incredible kids – Tanner and Erin, and one awesome daughter in-law – Mackenzie. Terri and I both work in a family owned small business that my dad started here in Tyler in 1969. We have been attending Bethel Bible Church since Arbor Bible merged with Bethel in 2011. Most Sundays you will find me in the back projecting lyrics and scriptures on the screens during worship service. I really enjoy it and consider it a privilege to serve my God and His church at Bethel Bible Church Downtown. I enjoy music, the lake, football, and anything family.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR ELDERS (OVERSEERS)
Pastoral Elders are responsible to provide pastoral care of a congregation through the church ordinances of Communion and Baptism, Member Care, Church Discipline, Spiritual Formation and Prayer. Membership of the church for 2 years is required.
The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil. (1Timothy 3:1-7)
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QUALIFICATIONS FOR DEACONS
Pastoral Deacons are responsible to provide for pastoral care of a congregation through Missions, Benevolence, Financial and Facilities management. Membership of the church for 1 year is required.
Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. 9 They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. 11 Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. 12 Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. 13 For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 3:8-13)
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