2021 Deacon Nominees

What is a Bethel Deacon?

Deacons are the hands and feet of Jesus at Bethel. Whether it’s ensuring Sunday mornings run smoothly or reaching out to meet needs throughout the week, our deacons serve with open eyes and willing hearts. Deacons at Bethel are appointed to a two year term. Bethel believes in the scriptural qualifications of deacons (1 Timothy 3) and involve the body in the vetting and affirmation of this group each year.

We are thankful for the men who have been nominated for these important roles. Each nominee has been interviewed and examined by the Elders of Bethel Bible Church. Our church-wide affirmation of the nominees will be Sunday, August 1, 2021

downtown Campus Nominees

*DENOTES REAFFIRMATION

Nathan Atkinson, Downtown Deacon, Bethel Bible Church, Tyler, TX

Nathan Atkinson*

Downtown Deacon Nominee

Nathan has been married to his wife, Sunni, for over 19 years. They have three children, Ethan, Seth, and Georgia. Nathan works in IT and when he’s not coding for the Baylor University IT department, Nathan spends most of his time with his family. His hobbies are taxiing his children around, running, and playing tennis. He likes to travel, snow ski, mountain bike, trail run and take long walks.

Brian Barnett*

Downtown Deacon Nominee

Brian was born in Tyler, Texas in the summer of 1983. He grew up with an older brother and parents who love him very much. When he was in grade school, his family moved to a rural setting near Lindale, where he began learning the value of hard labor. After high school, he attended TJC for two years before going on to complete his graduate studies in business at UT Tyler. He worked as a bike mechanic and a residential roofer before moving to Austin in 2010. It was there where he met his lovely wife, Michelle. They later bought a motorhome, traveled the US for a couple of years, and settled back in Tyler where they currently work from home and raise their daughter Brooklyn. Brian and his family feel blessed to have been welcomed into the Bethel downtown family!

Tony Bisagno

Downtown Deacon Nominee

Tony grew up in Houston until he attended Baylor University in 1982, where he met his wife of 28 years, Dottie. The two moved to East Texas in 1994. They have three college-aged sons: AJ, Harper & Oliver. Tony and his family have been part of Bethel Bible Church since 2012. Tony owns and operates a used car business located just a few blocks west of the Downtown Campus. When he’s not at Tony’s Cars, Bethel Bible Church, or Green Acres Bowling Lanes, then you’ll likely find him in his garden or out on the golf course. Come play!

Chris Foreman*

Downtown Deacon Nominee

Chris and his wife, Darla, were married in August 2010. They have three children: Claire, Lucy and Charles. Chris and Darla have been members of Bethel Bible Church since 2011, and on any given Sunday, you might find Chris playing music and Darla working with the children. It is difficult to pinpoint what precisely drew them to Bethel, but God has undoubtedly used Bethel to impact Chris and his family — through the community of Bethel, serving and being served by the body, Life Groups, and the teaching of the Word. God has proved Himself faithful time and time again in his life, and it is his pleasure to serve as a deacon for His bride, which is the Church.

Scott McDaniel

Downtown Deacon Nominee

Scott grew up in Northern California, got married, started a family, then moved to East Texas in 2018. He and his wife, Holly, have two sons and a daughter– James, Luke, and Taylor. He and Holly gratefully call both Tyler and Bethel their home. Scott attended a small Bible college outside Los Angeles, then made the natural transition into aerospace, where he currently travels around the world playing with space balloons. Scott enjoys time with family and friends, exploring, motorsports, and generally not making plans. Fun facts: His signature is on a car in outer space and he’s spent more time in Antarctica than Austin. 

Tyler Sullins, Downtown Deacon, Bethel Bible Church, Tyler, TX

Tyler Sullins*

Downtown Deacon Nominee

Tyler was born and raised in northern Alabama where the sweet tea and southern hospitality flow. After being first introduced to Texas via Pine Cove Camps, Tyler pursued his Masters in Counseling at Dallas Theological Seminary and soon after, married his Pine Cove sweetheart, Katelyn, in 2013. Their daughter Eden joined the family in 2018 and now Tyler works at Alethia Family Counseling as a professional counselor and when Katelyn is not full-time momming, she’s hard at work studying to be a licensed counselor herself. In his spare time, Tyler enjoys working with his hands, hunting/fishing, and golfing. Tyler and Katelyn love being part of Bethel Downtown and count it a privilege to serve here.

Henderson Campus Nominee

*DENOTES REAFFIRMATION

Chad Dickerson

Henderson Deacon Nominee

Chad and Shannon have been married since 2001.  They have three daughters:  Kennedy, Taylor, and Blake.  The Dickerson family began attending Bethel Henderson in January 2020.  God is leading Chad to be more involved in the community and teaching him to be still and listen.

Hope Campus Nominees

*DENOTES REAFFIRMATION

Brian Davis

Hope Deacon Nominee

Brian grew up in Canton, Texas, and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1996. He also received an MBA from the University of Dallas in 2001. Brian works in the Oil & Gas industry as a Safety Manager and currently lives in Ben Wheeler. When not traveling for work, he values spending time with his mother, sister, brother-in-law, niece, and nephews. Brian began a very small cattle operation last year with the intention of raising grass-fed beef and enjoys working with the animals and the land each day, using a regenerative agricultural focus.  
Brian started attending Bethel in 2017. After hearing Bethel missionaries speak at the South campus in the spring of 2018, he began praying about missions. Within days, Brian was presented with an opportunity to go on a mission trip to villages along the Amazon and has been blessed to be able to return each year since. Brian is grateful for Bethel Bible Church and is excited to be a part of what God is doing at Bethel Hope.

Edward Farina

Hope Deacon Nominee

Edward was born in Caracas-Venezuela and came to Tyler, 14 years ago. Edward works as a lab manager at the College of Engineering at UT Tyler and he really enjoys what he does. Edward has been married for 29 years and has two grown children and two grandbabies. They are grateful that God has brought them to Tyler, a place they call “a little piece of heaven”, where they have the opportunity to find peace and a new home. They love being members at Bethel Hope and love what they are learning, the love of the congregation, and the commitment to serve others in the community. Edward loves God, family, friends, serving others, nature, music, and art. Edward and his wife have served together by enriching other couples through a “Marriage Program” and also has volunteered in several non-profit organizations in East Texas.

Felton Lefall*

Hope Deacon Nominee

Felton currently lives in Tyler. He has been married to his lovely wife, Joyce for eight years. They have three children. Felton and Joyce also have four beautiful grandchildren. He has been attending the Hope campus since its inception in February of 2019. Over the past year the Lord has taught him that nothing happens outside of God’s will or timing.

South Campus Nominees

*DENOTES REAFFIRMATION

Jordan Batson Student Ministry Director - South

Jordan Batson*

South Deacon

The most important thing about Jordan is his wife, Jessie, and their daughters! Jordan and Jessie married in March of 2015, and it’s been a blast learning life together. Jordan attended the Downtown campus for two years prior to moving to the South Campus in the summer of 2015. Jordan has lived in Tyler for seven years and currently works in the oil and gas industry. He was previously involved with the ministries of Young Life and Pine Cove. Jordan loves Bethel for many reasons, but the main one is the attention to God’s Word. Jordan and Jessie love serving and being in a community here. Both he and his wife serve with the Student ministry at South. Jordan says, “Please contact me for anything, I would love to connect!”

Scott Dillingham

South Deacon

Scott has been a follower of Christ since his commitment just after high school. Scott and Sarah married in 1999, and now have a teenage son who enjoys track, soccer, and VR video games. They’ve had the opportunity to travel and meet people (believers and unbelievers) in Europe, Hong Kong, Canada, Iceland, Costa Rica, both coasts of the States, and a lot of the middle. Scott and Sarah both work in public education and have spent time as coaches, teachers, and administrators with ages ranging from junior high to college seniors. They’ve grown in their faith through incredible blessings and unexpected heartbreak. Scott, Sarah, and Solomon serve in pursuit of sharing God’s love and our hope in Christ.

Leo Garza

South Deacon Nominee

Leonel Garza grew up in McAllen, Texas. He is married to his wife Lilia, and they have four children and two grandchildren. Leonel’s first life chapter was being raised with nine siblings. His second chapter carried him through 24 years of honorable service to this nation in the United States Army. The third chapter has taken Leonel and his wife on a journey from both getting a master’s from Liberty University in Human Services, Marriage and Family Counseling. This path transformed our lives to serving by supporting Christian marriage retreats, offering marriage and family counseling, and pre-marital and post-marital coaching. We are bilingual and expand our marriage and family coaching to the Hispanic community as well and all for free. Our weekends are normally filled with street ministry offering free prayer in various locations throughout the city of Tyler. Leonel became an Ordained Minister in 2019 and currently holds a Chaplain position with Market Place Chaplain.

Phillip Grisham*

South Deacon

Phillip is a mechanical engineer for a product development company and he also owns/operates a land clearing business, East Texas Mulching. God has blessed him with an awesome wife, Shalene, and four beautiful children: Alayna, Silas, Carson, and Ryker. Phillip and Shalene are honored to lead Grafted, an adoption and foster ministry at Bethel, and are constantly amazed at how God cares for orphans and places the lonely in families in East Texas. For four years they have been a part of Bethel and are continually fueled by the teaching of God’s word and the community through small groups at Bethel. Phillip is excited to see God working through leaders and families at Bethel and can’t wait to experience more of what He has for us.

Josh Hyde

South Deacon Nominee

Josh was born and raised in Marshall and is still proud to call East Texas home. In 2009 he married the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Taylor. They have been blessed with two energetic children, Avery and Meritt, and currently live in Bullard. Josh and Taylor became members of Bethel South in 2016 and have appreciated opportunities to serve the congregation, forge impactful relationships, and grow in their walks of discipleship. By God’s grace, they each believed in Jesus for eternal life as children and are passionate that others are presented with a clear gospel message as well. Josh has worked in the medical device sales industry for the past eight years and enjoys contributing to the advancement of medical services in East Texas and Dallas.

James Larson

South Deacon Nominee

James was born and raised in Northern California and moved to Tyler in 2013. This is where he was blessed to meet the light of his life, his wife of six years Amena. Together they have two children, Ellie & Elias. James and Amena attended Bethel while they were engaged, and started attending again when they moved back to Tyler in 2019. The Larson’s enjoy serving at Bethel, and James is honored at the opportunity to serve more for the wonderful church which has led him and his family closer to Christ.

Ryan Locker*

South Deacon

Ryan and his wife, Mandy, have been married for nearly 16 years, and have been members of Bethel since 2017, shortly after they moved to Tyler. Ryan and Mandy met in law school; Ryan now serves the community by prosecuting criminals in federal court, but Mandy is now a “recovering attorney” and serves their family at home. They have three children: Jackson, Reagan, and Madison. Ryan and Mandy both serve in Bethel Kids Ministry teaching the next generation about God’s truth and love. They both believe that serving others through the church is a privilege and are grateful for the opportunities Bethel has provided to serve and the scripturally intensive teaching that is such an essential component of the church’s identity.

Bob Majors*

South Deacon

Bob has been married to his incredible wife, Renee, for 20 plus years. They spent the first part of their married lives in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina. In 1998, Bob and Renee relocated to Tyler for his job at MicroLogic Systems. Since then they have been blessed with two beautiful daughters: Molli and Maddison. They are very grateful to have found a church home with sound Biblical guidance while offering a loving atmosphere to all. Bob is humbled and honored at the opportunity to serve Bethel, which has been a huge part in bringing he and his family closer to Christ.

Ray Martinez*

South Deacon

Ray and his incredible wife, Beth, have been at Bethel since 2011 and love being a part of the community of believers. Ray and Beth are parents to three wonderful children: Lydia, Anna and Micah. Ray started his own counseling practice a few years ago and loves being able to serve people in this way. He also serves with the High School Ministry on Sunday mornings and Beth serves with the nursery and preschool. They are thankful for the leadership and teaching here at Bethel.

Matt Nix

South Deacon Nominee

In December 2013 Matt married the love of his life Megan, and they moved from their hometown of Palestine, Texas to Bullard, Texas with their three kids (Matti, Bryson, and Mason). From the recommendation of many neighbors and friends, they visited Bethel South looking for a church home. Immediately they felt at home at Bethel and got plugged in serving as greeters, nursery workers, and Wednesday Night Live youth leaders. Matt works full-time as a manager at Walmart Distribution Center and enjoys volunteering as a coach of youth sports including softball, basketball, and football.

Clay Price

South Deacon Nominee

Clay was born and raised right here in Tyler. He and his wife, Annie, met at Lindale High School and got married in May of 2014. They began attending Bethel in 2018 and knew they had found their church home. Clay works for his family’s custom cabinet business and he enjoys spending his free time working on their farm.

Stephen Sepulveda*

South Deacon

Stephen and his wife, Amy, have been members of Bethel since 2012. They have five children:  Ashley, Aaron, Luke, Scott, and Mark. When they first moved to Tyler, they were looking to find a church where the Word of God was being faithfully taught and lived out, and where believers were encouraging one another to study the Bible and faithfully follow Christ. Stephen and Amy found that church in Bethel. They have been blessed to be a part of the body of believers at Bethel. Stephen and Amy have also been blessed to serve the children and families at Bethel in the kids ministry. Stephen feels privileged and excited to serve our body as a deacon. God has and continues to use the preaching, small group Bible studies, and their Life Group to spur he and Amy to become more Christ-like.

Jonathan Skiles*

South Deacon

Jonathan works in the real estate appraisal field all over the East Texas area. He is married to his wife, Shelby, who is a third grade teacher in Chandler, and they have one beautiful daughter named Sophie and another child on the way! They have been at Bethel since 2011, and have grown more in love with the people and leadership here as the years go by. The unity between leaders and the emphasis on family life is what drew Jonathan and Shelby to be members of this body. Jonathan has the great privilege of serving with some of the most amazing and selfless brothers in Christ on the Bethel Deacon Board, and  is thankful every day to get to serve with such men.

Whitehouse Campus Nominees

*DENOTES REAFFIRMATION

Stephen Chavez

Whitehouse Deacon Nominee

Stephen was born and raised right here in Whitehouse, Tx! He is married to his wonderful wife Amelia and they have two kids: Hallel and Judah. Stephen currently works for a small local company providing documents for local businesses, and Amelia is a teacher for Whitehouse ISD. They both serve in the youth ministry and are the leaders of the Whitehouse campus’s missions team. Stephen and Amelia are so thankful to be a part of Bethel Whitehouse.

Tom Pino

Whitehouse Deacon Nominee

Tom and his wonderful wife, Liz, have been married for fifteen years. They have one beautiful nine-year-old, Haley. The Pinos moved to Whitehouse in 2016 and joined the Bethel Whitehouse family the following year. A New Jersey native, Tom wasn’t born in Texas, but got here as fast as he could! He attended high school in Henderson, TX, and graduated from East Texas Baptist University. Tom teaches 8th grade US history and loves it. He cherishes time spent with loved ones and enjoys the outdoors. As God continues to challenge and grow Tom, he strives to be a humble servant for Jesus.

Bethel Bible Church, Tyler TX

Chris Winfield*

Whitehouse Deacon

Bio coming soon!