Senior Pastor (Elder)
Aaron Adams received God's call to shepherd Bethel Baptist Church in 2019 after twelve years on the North Shore of Chicagoland. His highest priority is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, applied to every area of life, transforming people, families, churches, and communities for eternity. Aaron was rescued by Jesus at age 12, and continues to be amazed at the LORD's goodness to him. Aaron holds a BA in Religious Studies from Texas Christian University, and an MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Aaron and Heather have been married since 2004 and have three daughters - Halina, Camille, and Kaila. Aaron and Heather love to cook together, share Christ-centered hospitality, and serve others.
Associate Pastor of Youth
Aaron Pendergrass grew up in a small town of about 1,000 on the outskirts of Jackson, TN. The Lord saved him in eighth grade and radically transformed his life, freeing him from life-dominating sin and imbuing in him a deep love for Scripture. Shortly thereafter he felt the tug of the Lord calling him to ministry.
Aaron went on to complete a B.S. in Christian Ministry at Bryan College in east Tennessee before moving to the suburbs of Chicago to study Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He completed his M.A. in May 2020. Aaron's passion is seeing Christ bring restoration to broken lives and helping people to discover the depths of Scripture.
Aaron's hobbies include disc golf, fishing, playing drums, roasting and brewing specialty coffee, studying theology, and socializing with people.
Administrative Assistant (part-time)
Katie is a retired teacher helping with office duties part time. She hails from Connecticut but has considered Colorado her home for the past 30+ years. Katie graduated from Bethel University with a BA in mathematics and taught at Dayspring Christian Academy for 28 years. She is married to David and they have 4 married children and 8 grandchilden.
Administrative Assistant (part-time)
Whitney and her husband, Kurtis, parent four boys together and have worshiped with Bethel since September 2019. Whitney is a graduate of Dayspring Christian Academy and most recently worked at Dayspring as the school secretary. She was also the office administrator at her previous church for 10 years.
Bill has been a Bethel member for over 35 years, faithfully serving as Deacon, Sunday School teacher, and Church Moderator. Bill is married to Jan and together they have two married children and four grandchildren. Bill is happily retired from education, but still using his giftedness working with children.
Jamie Eklund was born and raised in rural Wyoming and has attended Bethel since 2006. He has served as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, life group leader and elder. He and his wife Megan have been married for 15 years. They have three sons and a daughter, and enjoy fellowshipping with others on their small acreage outside of town
Daniel is a long-time Bethel member, having grown up in the church since birth! Daniel has been married to his wife, Ashlie since 2007 and they have three daughters with a little boy soon joining the family. They live in Greeley on the farm Daniel grew up on. Daniel works at Bucklen Equipment. Daniel has served in many ministries of the church including youth ministry, college ministry, mission trips, VBS, etc. He currently leads a life group, participates in the counseling ministry, and co-leads the Berean Sunday School class.
Glenn is the Superintendent for the Platted Valley School District. He is married to Shawna and together they have three children. Glenn has been a member at Bethel almost 30 years and during that time has participated in several ministries. He has served as a deacon, deacon chair, moderator and now as an elder. He leads a life group that has had some of the same members for over 20 years. Glenn enjoys helping his wife show hospitality through serving meals at the member meetings and to college students.
Gary is a self-employed contractor in addition to being a member of Bethel for almost 30 years. He has been married to Pamela Kessler for 37 years. They have two grown children who are both members of Bethel and three grandchildren....soon to be four. Gary and Pam have been members of same life group for over twenty years and have served in the nursery, children's ministries, men's ministries, music ministry, and safety team.
Jeff Casey grew up in Greeley and graduated from Platte Valley in Kersey. After graduating from Simpson College and marrying Joy, Jeff spent a couple of years youth pastoring in Redding, CA before moving back to Greeley. He taught middle school in Greeley and Kersey until he transitioned into administration. He is currently the principal at University High School. He loves his blessedly full home with two daughters, a niece, his wife, 2 chickens, a fish, and a (male!) dog. (Granted, the dog is a shih tzu poodle, but Jeff takes backup where he can get it.) He enjoys serving on Bethel's Youth Ministry team. He's also hoping that mid-life will be merciful and allow him to restart his amateur baseball career when his home is no longer quite so full.
Alan Hunt is a native of Colorado and grew up attending Bethel. After attending college at John Brown University, he returned to Greeley to work as a nurse anesthetist at NCMC. He has been married to his wife, Susan, since 2006 and has 3 active boys. Alan has been involved in several church and local ministries, including leading small groups, teaching Sunday school classes, playing on the Worship team, and volunteering for refugee community outreach.