Our Senior Pastor is Pastor Jermine Alberty. Throughout his 25 years in ministry, he has served in both faith-based and secular capacities, including nonprofits, faith communities, mental health and government. He has served in the roles as a community organizer working with different faith traditions, training director for a community mental health center, neighborhood planning assessment team member and a principal investigator. He has also served in numerous capacities within the church serving as a youth pastor, outreach coordinator, associate minister in local congregations. He currently serves as the Lead Consultant for Pathways to Promise an interfaith cooperative of many faith groups.
Our Music Director, Robin Anderson leads the congregation and choir in music. Music is a mixture of traditional hymns and newer songs. The congregation is encouraged to participate at their comfort level. Anyone is welcome to play an instrument or sing in the choir. People dress casually. Children are welcome in worship. A nursery is available for babies and preschoolers. Mid service there is a time where Elementary students may go down for their Worship Class. The Worship service usually lasts about an hour.
From the outside, Bethel Church is often described as a quaint little historic church, but inside you will meet a congregation that is vibrant, interesting, and engaging their world. We are a small congregation who is diverse in many ways, but unified in Christ. Situated at the conjunction of several distinct neighborhoods, Bethel is uniquely positioned to model for the community that “ethnicity no longer matters, status no longer matters, gender no longer matters…for you Christians are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28, Holy Bible
MinistriesThere is a unique mix of gifted people at Bethel. Together, we work to share the love of Christ with each other, our community, and the world. The gifts and skills God brings to our congregation determine the ways in which we carry out Christ’s work, as we seek to be effective coworkers with Christ in the kingdom. For more information about any of these ministries or to volunteer please call the church office at 573-442-4775.
The Bethel Choir meets on Tuesday nights from 7:15-8:15 p.m. in the sanctuary. You do not have to read music or have any experience! Come as you are and we will make a place for anyone willing to join in song. For more information contact Robin Anderson at email@example.com
Bluff’s Nursing Home Ministry
Bluff’s Nursing Home Ministry meets on the first and third Sunday 2:00 pm at the Bluff Creek Assisted Living. Volunteers of all ages lead devotions, music, play piano, pray, or visit with residents.
The Boone County Jail Ministry
The Boone County Jail Ministry partners with other churches to lead worship services at the Boone County Jail. We meet on the second Sunday of the month from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Bethel members lead devotions, sing, pray, and offer support to inmates. Volunteers must pass a background check and be at least 18 years old. For more information contact Charlie Nilon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Central Missouri Food Bank
Central Missouri Food Bank volunteers from Bethel meet the Third Wednesday each month from 1:00 pm to 3:00 p.m. Tasks vary, but usually involve packaging and sorting food.
Bethel has a Community Garden. People are welcome to plant, weed, and share produce. Surplus produce is donated to a local food pantry. We have planted vegetables, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and fruit trees. We have a bee hive which helps with pollination. For more information contact the church office or Linda Coats at CoatsL@missouri.edu
English as a Second Language Ministry
We have a English Language Conversation Practice on Tuesday mornings from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. We welcome anyone who is learning English or wants to assist others in their learning. For more information contact the church office. This class will take a summer break and will resume in the fall.
We participate with Love INC and Russell Chapel Food Bank on various projects. We support national and international ministries through the American Baptist Churches, USA.
Kids Night Out
Kid’s Night Out is on the last Friday of the month from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Grade school kids bring their own sack dinner. Games, crafts, and other activities are provided. To RSVP or to volunteer please contact the church office.
The Penny Project
Bethel Children participate in The Penny Project through the American Baptist Churches, USA. Pennies are collected and donated to organizations, chosen by Bethel children, that benefit local children in need.
South Hampton Place Ministry
At South Hampton Place we provide a music “jam session” each Thursday at 10:00 a.m. Residents who play an instrument are welcome to play along.
Sunday Learning Hour
Sunday Learning Hour is at 9:30 a.m. each week. Preschool and school-age children meet with other children their age. There are several adult classes from which to choose.
Vacation Bible School
Bethel has a Vacation Bible School program during the summer to provide a Christian learning experience for children. For more information please contact the church office.