Wisdom and unity, leadership and humility – the elders of Bethel strive to lead and serve with love. Our Shepherding Elders care for the ongoing and emergent needs of the body. Our Trustee Elders prayerfully set the vision of the church and oversee its governance. Bethel believes aspiring to this office is a noble task (1 Timothy 3) and involve the body in the vetting and election of this group each year.
Calvin has been married to his beautiful wife, Karla, for 36 years. They have two sons, Christopher and Casey. Christopher is 32 and is married to his wife Whitney and they have two children, Caroline (5) and Thomas (4). Casey is 30 and is married to his wife, Tessie. They have one child, Charli (5) and another one on the way! Calvin and Karla have been members of Bethel for three years. Calvin says the Lord has taught him the intricate workings of himself and his word. He is learning the tremendous obligation we have because of God’s eternal grace, the love and sacrifice that we should be performing in view of the work of Jesus, by understanding how much Christ loved us brings us to love one another in the manner, that love is total, complete & unconditional. Calvin marvels more each day at the creation, the sun rise showing us that the light defeats the darkness, and the answered prayer how he, a nobody, gets to speak to the God of the Cosmos and he hears!
Mike has been married to his wonderful wife, Shannon, for 30 years this December. They have three beautiful children, Emily, Nicholas, and Abigail. Their oldest children are both Registered Nurses and are currently working in Tyler. Abigail will be starting college this fall. Emily is married to Cody and recently had their first grandson, Cooper, who is just over a year old. Mike and Shannon have been at Bethel Whitehouse for about four years. Mike will be 49 years old in June and quickly approaching the big Five-O! He is always learning something new from God and from his word. To summarize how God has worked in Mike’s life this past year, he is drawn to Romans 8:28: “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Mike believes God has a perfect plan for his life and knows that it will be far greater than anything he could accomplish on his own.
Bobby and Sara joined Bethel along with the other members of Arbor Bible Fellowship. They have five children and eleven grandkids. Sara serves on the Safety and Greeting teams. Bobby is one of the Connections teachers and serves on the Worship team. Together they have been richly blessed by the greater Bethel congregation, growing in Christ, developing eternal relationships and learning to walk by faith and not by sight.
Steve has been married to his best friend, Karen, since 1978. They have two grown children, Yvonne and Eric, and two teenage grandchildren, Javan and Eden. Steve and Karen have been a part of Bethel since 2011 and part of the Whitehouse Campus since its inception in 2014. Bethel Whitehouse has become home to he and Karen, and the people are like family. Steve is humbled to serve as a elder of Bethel.
Paul has been married to his wife, Patty, since 1974. They have three married children, and eight wonderful grandchildren. Paul has worked in Criminal Justice for over 40 years —and is currently a Parole Commissioner in Palestine. Patty is a retired teacher turned full-time Marme. They have been blessed to be part of Bethel from the beginning, and it continues to be exciting to see all that God has done in and through His church!
Campus Pastor/ Elder
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.