Leadership

  • Ross Strader

    Senior Pastor

    Our family loves being a part of Bethel Bible Church. I’ve served as senior pastor of Bethel since we moved here in 2006. My wife Leslie and I grew up in the same West Texas town, but didn’t meet until a “blind date” in graduate school. We married in 1995 and still look forward to our weekly breakfast date together. I graduated from Hardin-Simmons with a Masters in Family Psychology and, after serving 10 years on Young Life staff, attended Dallas Theological Seminary where I earned my Masters of Theology in Pastoral Leadership. I’m currently working on my Doctor of Ministry in Theological Exegesis from Knox Theological Seminary. Leslie and I have three kids – Maggie, Jay, and Katherine. I’m a Mac guy and a pretty big Bible software nerd. I love my family, pie, talking theology, and enjoy the occasional Netflix binge when I find the time.

    Email Ross (Ross@bethelbible.com)

    Fritz Hager

    Executive Pastor

    I attended Bethel for the first time in 1982 as a sophomore Robert. E. Lee student — my family had recently moved to town from the Dallas area. After graduating from West Point and serving in Desert Storm I left the Army, married my wife Sarina, and started a business career. Over the next 15 years I ran and built companies, and our family grew to six kids (elementary through high school). In 2009 I accepted the opportunity to join the pastoral team at Bethel, where I do whatever Ross tells me. I graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2015 with a Masters in Theology. I serve on the school board of Tyler ISD and as a chaplain in the TX State Guard. I enjoy swimming and fishing in my spare time outside of family, work, and school. Email Fritz (fritz@bethelbible.com)

    Eric Barton

    Downtown Pastor

    I grew up in the Texas Panhandle and spent most of my summers in Monterrey, Mexico. I have been married to Susan for 19 years, and we met at Baylor University where I studied international business and marketing. We have two sons, Ethan and Joshua. I am a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary where I studied pastoral leadership and discipleship. My favorite part of pastoral ministry is teaching God’s Word to God’s people to move them forward to a Christ-centered life. I love martial arts movies, football, campfires, cherries, and cheese. I can talk faster than you. Email Eric (eric@bethelbible.com)

    Mark Kuykendall

    Whitehouse Pastor

    Born in Fort Smith, AR, I grew up in the small town of Ozark. As a High School freshman, we moved to Henderson, TX where I met my wife Marla. We were high school sweet hearts and married two years after graduation. I graduated with an accounting degree from the University of North Texas. Marla and I have 3 children, Kylee, Ufayse, and Marcus. I studied Christian Education specializing in youth and families at Dallas Theological Seminary. In December of 2016, I graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lousiville, Kentucky with a Doctorate of Christian Ministry, specializing in leadership. I am blessed to lead the Bethel Whitehouse campus and find great satisfaction in training and equipping leaders. In my free time I enjoy running, hunting, building with my hands, and buttermilk pie. Email Mark (mark@bethelbible.com)

    Brent Kirkley

    Pastor of Congregational Care

    I came to Bethel in 2014 from Laredo, Texas where I was on staff as the Executive Pastor at Grace Bible Laredo. My wife Jill and I have been happily married for over 40 years. We love East Texas, because we're closer to our grandkids! I'm a licensed professional counselor and have my Masters in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. My primary role at Bethel is to oversee the discipleship ministries at the South Campus, which includes everything from nursery to adults, although I do teach occasionally. Email Brent (brent@bethelbible.com)

    Jeff Bice

    Missions Pastor

    I love serving alongside our missionaries somewhere around the globe. It's even better when I can take my wife Stefanie and our three kids — Joshua, Alexandra, and Maddie with me on mission trips. We all love crossing cultures and getting our hands dirty to serve missionaries who are working overseas, especially in unreached people groups. Helping others understand God’s love for all peoples from every nation motivates me each day. Most of my career has been in camping ministry, but for the past six years I've been privileged to serve in Missions and Outreach at Bethel. My free time is usually spent cheering on my kids while they are playing lacrosse, volleyball, or soccer. Email Jeff (jeff@bethelbible.com)

    Todd Wright

    Worship Pastor - South

    My wife Kristen and I moved to Tyler from Lufkin, Texas a few years ago, and I've been leading worship at Bethel South ever since. We have two awesome kids — Jonah, our oldest, is pretty much a video game master, and Finley, the baby, is pretty much a party waiting to happen! Kristen and I have been married since 1998 and we love East Texas. I love writing worship songs, social media, and batman (not necessarily in that order.) Email Todd (todd@bethelbible.com)

    Clint Wright

    Associate Pastor - Whitehouse

    I am married to my wonderful wife Melissa, and together we have two children — Caleb and Hannah. I was born and raised in Monroe, LA and attended Baylor University, where Melissa and I met. After graduation we began our lives together in Nashville, TN where I worked for Dave Ramsey for several years. We moved to Tyler in 2008 to join Pine Cove Christian Camps as an Associate Director. During those years we were blessed to become members of Bethel and see our family begin to grow. In 2014, I joined Bethel’s South Campus staff to lead the Connections and Family Ministries. In December of 2017, I received my Masters of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. It’s been very exciting to be a part of what God is doing at Bethel first as a member and now on staff. Email Clint (clint@bethelbible.com)

    Mike Hall

    Associate Pastor - Downtown

    Mike met his wife, Heather, at Baylor University. They have 4 children (Noah, Sam, Anna, and Eli). Mike starts things. He has been a part of a dozen startup companies and spent 10 years starting Young Life areas across North Texas. Mike received a Master’s of Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary and has also been on staff with Halftime and as the lead pastor of a church in the Dallas Area. Mike, Heather, and their 4 children have traveled to the 48 contiguous states in an RV. Email Mike (mike@bethelbible.com)
     

  • Sarina Hager

    Elementary Ministry Director - South

    My husband, Fritz, and I have six children — Jack, Fritz 3, Henry, Joe, Lucy, and Sam. I guess you could say that kids are a big part of my life! As a Sunday school teacher at various churches over the past 10 years, it has been a great privilege to see young children eagerly and joyfully learning the Word, asking probing questions, and desiring to know the Lord. Outside of the church community, I serve in multiple Parent Teacher Associations in TISD, the Robert E. Lee Swim Team Booster Club, the TISD School Health Advisory Council, and the TISD District Planning Committee. I have a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Lamar University, and a Juris Doctorate degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio. Email Sarina (sarina@bethelbible.com)

    Jessica Agnew

    Nursery Coordinator - South

    My name is Jessica Agnew and I serve as the nursery coordinator here at Bethel Bible Church. My husband, Jacob, and I have two children — Maddox and Bostyn, and one on the way! We moved to Tyler from west Texas in 2011, and decided to make Bethel our church home. I am so happy to be involved with the youngest lives here at Bethel, and to teach them that God loves them and wants to be their friend forever. Email Jessica (jessica@bethelbible.com)

    Jessica Cantwell

    Pre-school Ministry Director - South

    My name is Jessica Cantwell and my husband, Scott, and I have four children: Gracie, Emma Claire, Caroline, and Liam.  I was born and raised in North Louisiana and I graduated with a Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 2007.  I spent two years as the Children's Director at our church in Alexandria, LA before moving to Tyler in 2016.  I am passionate about loving our preschool children and their families and partnering with them to cultivate a deep love for our Lord, Jesus Christ.  I love spending time laughing with my family, and I love coffee......lots of coffee. Email Jessica (jessicac@bethelbible.com)

    Jordan Sherrod

    Student Ministry Director - South

    It is my pleasure to serve as the Student Ministry Director at the Bethel South campus. I grew up in Columbus, GA, and I’ve lived in Tyler for ten years now. I’m married to my best friend, Rebekah, who is a teacher here in Tyler. I graduated college by God’s grace and faithfulness with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Thomas Edison State College. I’m the oldest of eight, and I have a strong passion for inspiring others to be passionate about the Savior, Jesus. Email Jordan (jordan@bethelbible.com)

    Lindy Britt

    Childcare Coordinator - South

     I've been attending Bethel since 1995. I graduated from SFA with a Geology degree and as a certified Science Teacher. We moved to Denton in 2001 to teach and came back here in 2010. I've been married to Matt for 18 year and have 3 children and a grand baby. I started working at Bethel in 2011 and I teach private Home School Science classes when not working at Bethel. Email Lindy (lindy@bethelbible.com)
  • Kay Rice

    Secretary

    I am “Native East Texan” which is evident if you have ever heard me speak!! I came to Bethel in February 2000 and was immediately embraced by the Bethel Family. I have loved the 15 years I have served as secretary. I have 2 daughters, Karen & Susan, and 3 grandchildren who all live in Bullard. I enjoy every minute of being “Nana” to Claire, Logan and Mark! Email Kay (kay@bethelbible.com)

    Karen Hudson

    Financial Coordinator

    I’m Karen, I was born in Savannah, Georgia, and grew up in East Texas. I was “raised in church” and have worked “in the ministry” most of my adult life. My husband and best friend of 37 years, Steven, and I have 2 wonderful children and 2 sweet grandchildren who live in Wichita, Kansas. In 2011, the Lord moved us from Kansas to Tyler where I began working for and attending Bethel Bible Church. I love knitting, hanging out with my boyfriend, Steve, and “crunching numbers”! Really! Email Karen (karen@bethelbible.com)

     

    Jessie Batson

    Communications Director

    I'm Jessie Batson and I am married to the best man I know, Jordan Batson. I was born and raised in Arizona and graduated with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts from Arizona State University. Before moving to Tyler, I lived in Waco, Texas and worked in children's ministry. I love being a part of Bethel Bible Church and believe that the Church is the hope of the world. If I'm not at work or at home, I'm probably at Starbucks or Target. Email Jessie (jessie@bethelbible.com
  • Leslie Strader

    South Campus Women's Bible Study Leader

    Leslie loves to connect women with the Word of God. She believes the truth and encouragement in Scripture enables us to be the wives, mothers, daughters, friends, and women we were created to be! Leslie and her husband Ross married in 1995, have been at Bethel since 2006, and have three children. She graduated from Baylor University, has a Master’s degree in Family Psychology, and is a freelance writer and editor. Leslie loves reading books that make her think, trying new recipes, spending time with her family doing whatever they’re doing, and solving life’s problems over coffee at the Foundry with a friend. If you’re interested in Bible study at Bethel - or a good conversation over coffee. Email Leslie (leslie@bethelbible.com)

    Carole Hodges

    Women's Ministry Coordinator

    My name is Carole Hodges and I serve as the Women's Ministry Coordinator at Bethel Bible Church. My husband of 33 years is, Winfred Hodges. He is an enthusiastic Bethel elder. We have two precious granddaughters that live nearby. I love to learn — I previously enjoyed teaching middle school English and school counseling. I accepted Christ at a women's event as a mom of a young son, so this has a lot to do with my passion for women's ministry! My Master's degree in counseling assists me greatly in working with intimacy and daily life struggles that occur in everyday female life. Email Carole (carole@bethelbible.com)


     

  • South Campus

    Elders

    Tim Castro, Chuck Colley, Don Gaynier, Winfred Hodges, Kim Juillerat, Craig Langemeier, Steve Reason, Lee Ridenour, Johnny Russell, Jim Tarter, Ross Strader

    Deacons

    Jordan Batson, Jayson Chandler, Jason Ellis, Scott Ellis, Phillip Grisham, Vance Hendrix, Mark Jackson, Bob Majors, Ray Martinez, Chris Miller, Roy Morrison, David Osteen, Jacob Putman, Christian Scudder, Jonathan Skiles, Stephen Sepulveda, Randy Treadwell, Adam Watters, Taylor White


    Downtown Campus

    Elders

    Warren Abremeit, Doug Coltman, Joe Deming, Mike Florey, Scott Gill, Mike Johnson, Ken Kummerfeld, Steve Pinkston, Don Reel, Eric Barton

    Deacons

    Nathan Atkinson, Chris Foreman, Mark Gilmore, Jason Mazingo, Clay Nichols, Mark Odom, Jim Phillips, Art Reilly, Tyler Sullins


    Whitehouse Campus

    Elders

    Steve Hudson, Paul Kiel, Kent Miller, Mark Kuykendall

    Deacons

    Clinton Carr, Mike Costlow, Charlie Crum, Brian Kennedy, Adam McMahon, Steven Swindell, Chris Winfield