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 sweethearts 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)

    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)

    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)

     

    Michael Swindell

    Family Pastor

    As the Family Pastor, it is my joy to walk alongside parents in their journey of growing as disciples of Jesus in the context of parenting. My primary responsibilities at Bethel South include overseeing the Children’s Ministry Team, our growing team of youth volunteer team members, new member assimilation, and our Family Milestones ministry. Originally from the south of Houston, my wife-Ann–and I have spent the last fourteen years in the midwest–Chicagoland, St. Louis, and Bloomington, IL. We have two precious kids–Ella, who is 5, and Judah who is 9 months. I’m currently scheduled to graduate from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in May of 2019 with a Masters of Divinity.

     

    Email Michael (families@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)

    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)

    Brent Kirkley

    Pastor of Congregational Care | Tapestry Counseling Director

    I grew up in Southern California and moved to Texas in 1976. My wife Jill and I have been married for over 40 years, and we have two children and two grandchildren. I have been involved in pastoral ministry in East Texas for over 30 years and have been on staff at Bethel since 2014. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and have my Masters in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and my Masters in Counseling from Stephen F. Austin State University. My current role at Bethel is the Pastor of Congregational Care, and Director of Tapestry Counseling, Bethel’s counseling ministry (tapestrytyler.com). It is a privilege to serve at Bethel and be a part of a church that has a heart from reaching East Texas and the world with the message of the gospel. Email Brent at brentk@tapestrytyler.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)

    Cameron Atkinson

    Nursery Coordinator - South

    My husband Michael and I got married in May of 2013 and we have two adorable girls, Audrey(2 years) and Riley(6 months). We have lived in Tyler for 5 years and counting and have loved being a part of the Bethel community. I grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Roll Tide, and I attended the University of Alabama where I got my degree in Human Development-Family Studies. I am so excited to be on staff as the Nursery Director. I have loved being a volunteer in the Nursery and am now excited to encourage and pour into the volunteers and help love on the precious and crazy kids that we are blessed to take care of each Sunday! The Nursery is a party and I am pumped to be a part of it! Email Cameron (cameron@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)

    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 years and have 3 children and a grandbaby. 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 a “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” for 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)

     

    Hillary Dickey

    Communications Director

    I am honored to help serve in the communications role and also excited to use the creative abilities the Lord has given me here at Bethel. I was adopted as an infant into an amazing family with wonderful parents (Jerry and Debbie) and an awesome big brother (Jeremy). I couldn't have asked for any better! I was raised in Montgomery, Alabama but later moved in 2003 to the beautiful city of Auburn, Alabama. I graduated from Auburn University (War Eagle) in 2012 where I received a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Child Life. After college, I moved to Birmingham, Alabama where I worked for Lifeline Children's Services and Valleydale Church over the span of six years. I have an amazing niece and nephew and lots of little cousins who I love dearly! My family is very important to me and I enjoy every minute I get to spend with them. I also enjoy photography, going to the beach or lake, playing guitar, anything crafty, SEC Football and any type of Mexican food (especially Chuy's!). Email Hillary (hillary@bethelbible.com)
  • Kami Jackson

    Women's Ministry Coordinator

    In 2010, my husband Mark and I drove our motorcycle to attend Bethel for the very first time. Much has changed since then! We now drive a Buick with our two little warriors Maxx and Titus in tow and we are honored to call Bethel home. I grew up in Tyler and moved to Abilene to attend Hardin Simmons University where I graduated with a bachelors in Psychology. Post-graduation, I worked for several organizations where I had the privilege of discipling women and teens through events and in discipleship training. I returned to Tyler to pursue a Masters in Professional Counseling. It was during that time that I met and married Mark.  I am a Licensed Professional Counselor at Alethia Counseling Center here in Tyler.  Whether counseling an individual or family in my office, sitting across a table from a friend, in everyday moments with my boys, or simply speaking an encouraging word to someone in the grocery line, my passion is to be a voice of truth and life to people.  It is my joy to serve alongside the women of Bethel as we grow together in Christ. Email Kami (kami@bethelbible.com)

    Olivia Heaton

    South Campus Women's Bible Study Leader

    Hello!  My name is Olivia Heaton.  My husband, Taylor, and I met in law school in 2005, were married and moved to Tyler in 2007, and now have three hilarious, beautiful kids that keep us young and on the move.  Besides my job as "mom," I enjoy doing photography with my husband, working in our giant vegetable garden, and teaching kids on Sunday mornings.  I have been a part of Women's Bible Study at Bethel for many years, and can confidently say this was the place where I became a serious student of God's Word.  The Bible is meant to be comprehended and shared, and our aim at Bethel is to do just that - by connecting women to Scripture and to each other through weekly small-group study.  We want to develop not just Bible literacy, but a transformative love for God's Word.  Whatever stage of life you're at, we would love for you to come and be a part of what the Lord is doing in and through our women's groups.  If you're ready to join or just curious, I would love to talk with you! Email Olivia (olivia@bethelbible.com)
  • Jessie Batson

    Student Ministry Director- South

    I was born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona and moved to Texas in 2011 to attend a discipleship school in Waco. I have been married to Jordan since 2015 and we have one amazing daughter, Drew (14 months). I was on staff at Bethel for 2 1/2 years before staying home with my daughter full-time. If I'm not at my house, you can probably find me at Starbucks or on the Rose Rudman trail!
       

    Jordan Batson

    Student Ministry Director - South

    I have been in Tyler since 2010 when I moved here after college for a job working at Pine Cove Christian Camps.  After 2 years at camp, I started working in the Oil and Gas business.  In 2015 I married my best friend Jessie and we transition from the Bethel Downtown Campus to the South Campus (since Jessie got a job with the church). I have always enjoyed working with kids and youth.  During my previous involvement with Pine Cove and Young Life, I have seen the Lord work in incredible ways and I am currently thrilled to be apart of the Bethel Student Ministries.    

    Amy Sepulveda

    Student Ministry Director- South

    I’m Amy Sepulveda, wife to Stephen and mom to Ashley (10), Aaron(8), Luke(6), Scott (4) and Mark (2), whom I pray I can love like Jesus by the power of the Spirit! I grew up in Longview, then went to Baylor where I received my Kinesiology Degree and later, my Grad Degree in Coaching. I’ve coached spirit squads, track and cross country teams, and more than 700 elementary school kids in PE but by far my favorite and most challenging coaching job is my current position as “Mama”. 

    Stephen Sepulveda

    Student Ministry Director - South

    I was born and for the most part, raised in Texas (the Dallas area). I come from a family of six (I am the oldest of four brothers). I met my wife, Amy, at Baylor and we have five kids (Ashley, Aaron, Luke, Scott, and Mark). We've lived in Tyler since 2012, and I work as a family doctor in Overton, TX.  
     

    Taylor Heaton

    Student Ministry Director- South

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    As the high school ministry director for Sunday mornings, it is an honor to work with Bethel Youth during their high school years. We strive to provide a safe environment in which the Gospel is taught and youth are made disciples of Jesus Christ through small group teaching and relationship. My wife, Olivia, and I have three children and we have been members of Bethel since 2008. I grew up going to church at Bethel and have served in the high school ministry since 2009. I am also an attorney for Smith County and a photographer.

    Jason Ellis

    Student Ministry Director - South

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  • South Campus

    Elders

    Jayson Chandler, Chuck Colley, Don Gaynier, Winfred Hodges, Kim Juillerat,  Steve Reason, Lee Ridenour, Johnny Russell, Christian Scudder, Ross Strader, Jim Tarter

    Deacons

    Jordan Batson, Jason Ellis, Phillip Grisham, Vance Hendrix, Mark Jackson, Bob Majors, Ray Martinez, Chris Miller, Roy Morrison, David Osteen, Jacob Putman, Stephen Sepulveda, Jonathan Skiles, Jeremy Smith, William Spencer, Randy Treadwell, Taylor White


    Downtown Campus

    Elders

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

    Deacons

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


    Whitehouse Campus

    Elders

    Steve Hudson, Paul Kiel, Kent Miller, Mark Kuykendall

    Deacons

    Calvin Cain, Clinton Carr, Mike Costlow, Charlie Crum, Tyson Glasscock, Brian Kennedy, Adam McMahon, Steven Swindell, Brian Thomas, Ben Turney, Chris Winfield