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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.

Ross Strader, Senior Pastor Bethel Bible Church, Tyler, TX

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.

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.

Email Fritz (fritz@bethelbible.com)

Todd Wright Worship Pastor Bethel Bible Church South Campus

Todd Wright

Associate Pastor/Worship Pastor

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).

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.

Email Jeff (jeff@bethelbible.com)

Brent Kirkley Pastor of Congregational Care | Tapestry Counseling Director Bethel Bible Church

Brent Kirkley

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.