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Our pastors are men of compassion, scholarship, and grace who seek to glorify God and point the world to Christ. They are among the imperfect people who make up our church, believing and teaching that Jesus came to save sinners through His life, death, and resurrection. Our pastors desire to make disciples who seek to treasure and follow Jesus.

Eric Barton Downtown Pastor Bethel Bible Church

Eric Barton

Campus Pastor - Downtown

I grew up in the Texas Panhandle and spent most of my summers in Monterrey, Mexico. I have been married to Susan since 1994, 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.

Mike Hall Associate Pastor Bethel Bible Church Downtown Campus

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. 

Fritz Hager Executive Pastor Bethel Bible Church

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 2012 with a MABS and finished my ThM in 2015. I enjoy hunting or fishing in my spare time outside of the family, work, and school.

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Jeff Bice Missions Pastor Bethel Bible Church

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.

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Matt Magill, Downtown Worship Leader, Bethel Bible Church Tyler TX

Matt Magill

Downtown Worship Leader

Matt Magill is the Worship Arts/Downtown Arts Initiative Director at Bethel Bible Church Downtown Campus. Matt and his wife, Megan, have two daughters, Maggie and Blythe. Originally from Weatherford, OK Matt is also a graduate of Oklahoma City University where he studied vocal performance and music business. The Magills lived and performed in New York City for a decade before moving to Tyler in 2010 and founding B3 Ministries, a non-profit marriage ministry. The Magills continue with B3 Ministries and their many musical endeavors in the East Texas area and abroad and are grateful to have found a home at Bethel Bible Church Downtown Campus.

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