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Our Deacons

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. Bethel believes in the scriptural qualifications of deacons (1 Timothy 3) and involve the body in the vetting and election of this group each year.

Scott Ellis

Whitehouse Deacon

Scott has been married to his wife, Lori, since 1998. They have two fantastic kids, Caroline and Reily. Scott and Lori work together at his law office in Tyler. Bethel has been their church home since 2008; first at the Bethel South campus and now at Bethel Whitehouse. He and Lori are thankful for the church family and Bible teaching at Bethel. Scott loves college football and will happily discuss it with you at anytime!

Matt McLain

Whitehouse Deacon

Matt grew up in East Texas and has been married to his amazing wife Brooke since 2011. They have three children: Hannah, Lily, and Simon. Matt and Brooke have been going to Bethel Whitehouse since 2019 and enjoy helping with the children’s ministry. Matt looks forward to continuing to serve the church and the local community.

Tom Pino

Whitehouse Deacon

Tom and his wonderful wife, Liz, have been married since 2005. They have one beautiful daughter, 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 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.

Russell Shute

Whitehouse Deacon

Russell has been married to Claudia since 1993 and they have four amazing children; Kellyn, Michael, Rebekah and Victoria. Russell grew up in East TX area and has served in the US Army Military Police Corps for eight years and retired from teaching. He and his family have been attending and serving Bethel South and now Whitehouse campus for the last two years. Russell has a passion for the the church, teaching and sharing the gospel.

Scott Smith

Whitehouse Deacon

Scott has been with his wife Donna since high school and married a few months after graduation. Scott and Donna have two beautiful girls that are currently in college. Scott enjoys fishing and spending time with nieces and nephews in his spare time. Bethel has been a big part of their family growing spiritually. Scott is involved and volunteers in different departments of the church. Scott has seen growth in his personal and spiritual life over the last few years. He is a firm believer in his faith and is excited to serve the Lord in any way He has planned.

Ben Turney

Whitehouse Deacon

Ben moved to Tyler in 1990 to be a part of the Apache Punch TJC drum line. He later met his wife Candi and they were married in 1995. Together they have three daughters, Sierra, a 2019 UNT graduate, Savannah, a 2020 Texas A&M-Commerce graduate and Summer who is currently in 7th grade at Whitehouse. Ben has worked in the mental health field for almost 20 years. Ben and Candi visited Bethel Whitehouse and he noticed the praise team was missing the percussion part. He was able to become a part of the Worship Team ever since. Being a part of Bethel Whitehouse and their Life Group has helped Ben recognize the simplicity of the Gospel and the omnipotence of God. He prays to be good stewards of time, talents and gifts.

Chris Winfield

Whitehouse Deacon

Bio coming soon.

Clint Wright

Whitehouse Campus pastor

I was born and raised in Monroe, LA, and attended Baylor University where I met my wife and fellow Louisiana transplant, Melissa. Together we have two children – Caleb and Hannah.  After graduation, we began our lives together in beautiful Nashville, TN where I worked for Dave Ramsey and we enjoyed living in God’s country (sorry, Texas!). We moved to Tyler in 2008 to join Pine Cove Christian Camps. During those years we were blessed to become members of Bethel.  In 2014, I joined Bethel’s staff, and shortly after I received my Masters of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  In my downtime, you can find me playing board games with my family, cooking, or taking in a college football game (Geaux Tigers!).  It’s been the privilege of my life to be a part of what God is doing at Bethel first as a member and now as a pastor.