2024 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. 

downtown Campus Nominees

*DENOTES REAFFIRMATION

Dan Black*

Downtown Deacon Nominee

Dan was born in West Texas, raised in Central Texas, and married his lovely wife Emma in East Texas. They have one child, Evelynn, and one more on the way! Both Dan and Emma serve with the Missions Committee, volunteer with the youth ministry, and are active with their Life Group. The preaching of the gospel and the centrality of scripture have grown and blessed their family beyond measure. He counts it a privilege to serve the church by helping set up and most importantly, keeping the coffee flowing.

Dash Connell, Downtown Deacon, Bethel Bible Church, Tyler, TX

Dash Connell*

Downtown Deacon Nominee

Dash Connell grew up in Katy but has called Tyler home since 2009. Dash married his wife, Shae, in 2006 and they have three sons: Mason, Emerson, and Elijah. As head coach of the men’s and women’s tennis teams at Tyler Junior College, their family mixes work with the ministry, intentionally developing relationships with their college athletes and showing them what a Christian family looks like in reality of highs and lows. God brought Dash and his family to Bethel in 2015 and they quickly plugged into children’s ministry, serving elementary students and living real life with their Bethel Life Group. Dash roots loudly for the Apaches, Aggies, and Astros!

Joshua DeGraffenreid*

Downtown Deacon Nominee

Josh DeGraffenried grew up in Kilgore, Texas, and has always had a love for the city and community life. He married his wife Sarah in 2013 and they are loving raising their three kiddos, Elizabeth, Luke, and Liam. Josh practices as a dentist here in Tyler and enjoys investing in his team to make it a great workplace culture. He loves seeing patients move towards health in their lives. In his spare time, you might find him traveling, reading, listening to podcasts, running, and hanging out with friends. He loves Drew Holcomb’s music, space rocket history, chocolate pie, and a quality capsule wardrobe. He mostly wants to create experiences where God is known in an everyday shared life.

Sam Johnson*

Downtown Deacon Nominee

Sam along with his wife Stephanie, have attended the Downtown campus since 2017. They were married in 2003 and have two children, Molly and Clive, who are both active in the student ministry. Sam came to know Christ at an early age and is still constantly amazed how God has shown Himself faithful in even the most minuscule details.  Sam designs and manufactures aerospace products and enjoys cooking, working out, and going to concerts.

Clay Nichols, Downtown Deacon, Bethel Bible Church, Tyler, TX

Clay Nichols*

Downtown Deacon Nominee

Clay is married to his wonderful wife, Amber. They have one child, Coleman. Clay and Amber both grew up in East Texas and moved to Austin for four years, where they learned a lot about their faith and relationship with Christ and the church. Clay knew Bethel had solid doctrine and theology and seeing the pastoral staff teach, they knew they wanted to be part of Bethel. When he looks at Bethel he thinks of the word intentional. Clay and Amber feel blessed to be part of a church family and a church who loves on people.

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Loren Roe

Downtown Deacon Nominee

 Bio coming soon!

James Van Dyke, Downtown Campus Deacon, Bethel Bible Church, Tyler TX

James VanDyke

Downtown Deacon Nominee*

James is originally from central Texas then attended and graduated from Texas A&M, where he met his wonderful wife, Anna. They have two great kids, Laurel and Vincent (Vin) who make life fun! When visiting Bethel Downtown, he immediately observed the genuine heart-set of a body of believers who seek Truth, acknowledge their brokenness and proclaim God’s provision through Christ’s perfect work. James and Anna have a heart for ministry with youth and young families. 

Henderson Campus Nominee

*DENOTES REAFFIRMATION

Daniel Cabrera

Henderson Deacon Nominee

Daniel grew up in Bonham, TX and has lived in Henderson, TX with his wife, Taryn, and their 2 dogs for 9 years. He is a Doctor of Behavioral Health and works in a private practice in downtown Henderson. He enjoys serving at Bethel Bible Henderson in the media/worship ministry, youth ministry, and leading their LG. He also enjoys working out, spending time with friends/family, playing tennis/pickleball, watching movies, and traveling. Since helping plant Bethel Henderson, God has shown Daniel the beauty of being content in God’s presence and seeing His grace and power through obedience.

cliff Furtick*

Henderson Deacon Nominee

Cliff is originally from Florida, but moved to Texas 40 years ago. He and his wife Krista have been married for over 30 years. They attended Calvary Baptist for about 17 years where he taught Sunday School and was a Deacon. They decided to move to Bethel Bible in January of 2022. Cliff says it has been a blessing attending and worshipping together with their kids and grandkids. He is excited to see what God has in store for he and his family.

Chad Johnson*

Henderson Deacon Nominee

Chad was born in Galveston and grew up in Texas City, TX. He and his children have called Henderson home for almost 11 years. Chad has four children Blake, Kinsley, Brock, and Logan who he loves to spend time with.  Their favorite thing to do is spend time at the beach. Chad is employed by Aramark and is currently the Chef Manager at Christus Good Shepherd in Longview, TX. He and his children have been attending Bethel for over a year and he is looking forward to serving God and His church at Bethel.

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Juston Pierce

Henderson Deacon Nominee

Bio coming soon!

Hope Campus Nominees

*DENOTES REAFFIRMATION

Jerry Fridie*

Hope Deacon Nominee

Jerry grew up in Vivian, Louisiana, and graduated from Southside University in 1982. He has worked at Southside Bank in Tyler for the past 25 years as a Vice-President and Consumer Loan underwriter Manager. He and his wife, Kejuana have been married for over 30 years. They have one son and two granddaughters. He has been attending the Hope campus since its inception in February of 2019.

Lino Martinez*

Hope Deacon Nominee

Lino Martinez was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and immigrated to Tyler, Texas when he was four years old. He graduated from John Tyler High school in 1993 and enlisted in the United States Navy soon after. He served two Western Pacific deployments to the middle east and served one tour in Fallujah, Iraq with the Navy Seabees, Combat Engineers. He retired after 22 years of service while he was finishing his four-year cancer treatments for leukemia. Experiencing this affliction helped Lino to have a deeper understanding of God’s mercies and comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3-6). Lino has served in youth, men, and prison ministry. He has a servant at heart for the Lord and enjoys sharing God’s good news with everyone he meets. Lino has been married since 1995 years to his wife Peggy and has two daughters. They are humbled that God lead them to Bethel Hope and are excited to be a part of a multicultural, multi-generational community.

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Luke Swanson

Hope Deacon Nominee

Bio coming soon!

South Campus Nominees

*DENOTES REAFFIRMATION

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Kyle Proctor

South Deacon Nominee

Bio coming soon!

Jeremy Smith*

South Deacon Nominee

Jeremy was born and raised in Tyler, and met his beautiful wife, Moriah, in college at Texas A&M University. They were later married in August 2006. They have two wonderful boys, Caleb and Andrew. When given the chance, Jeremy enjoys traveling with his bride and hunting. He is an insurance agent and also the agency manager for Texas Farm Bureau Insurance. He and his family began attending Bethel in October 2016 and officially joined early in 2017. Jeremy is passionate about men challenging each other and helping one another in their walk with the Lord, marriage, and parenting. The Lord has been teaching him to be slow to speak and quick to listen. He’s also been teaching him to be more compassionate and challenging him to do a better job of living out the great commandment. With everything going on in the world, he’s felt God challenge him to care more about loving people than being right. Bethel has been a big part of the reason Jeremy and Moriah feel at home in Tyler, and they are excited to see and be a part of what God is doing at Bethel.

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Brad Wofford

South Deacon Nominee

Bio coming soon!