Meet Our Staff

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Bethany Church is an international and intergenerational, life-giving body of Christ-followers, worshiping in unity, growing in grace, and loving our neighborhoods in ways that clearly proclaim the good news. We function because of the giftedness of all believers who serve together. The following people are on staff as ministry leaders:

 

Paige Stambach

Office Administrator

Brian Wiebe

Lead Pastor
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Brian has been our Lead Pastor since November 2013. Brian has served in a variety of pastoral leadership roles in the past, including in Music Ministry, Small Groups, Recovery, and Church Planting. Brian is married to Becky, a Registered Nurse, and together they have two sons, Alex and Stuart. They enjoy hosting people in their home, travelling, and a variety of ethnic food.

Ed Willems

Care & Visitation Pastor
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Ed was blessed to be there when Bethany was founded.  Receiving Christ into his life at age 9, he then joined Bethany Church as a member in 1945. Ed and his wife Velora have been married since 1956 and have two married children with 10 grandchildren and counting. Ed & Velora have been involved in music ministry and cross-cultural ministry all of their married life. They also enjoy playing softball in the Senior Softball League.

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Steven Redekop

Associate Pastor
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Steven is a graduate of FPU and Multnomah Seminary and joined our staff as Associate Pastor for Connection in September 2015. Previously, he was the national sales manager for a local curriculum company for 7 years. Steven is married to Jennifer, a Registered Nurse, and together they have three girls, Holly, Leah and Marie.  Steven and his wife Jennifer are excited to serve at Bethany Church, helping people to connect.

 

Annette Wiebe

Pastor of Children's Outreach
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Annette’s passion for teaching children about Jesus and helping them grow in a relationship with Him has been a lifelong ministry. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development from Fresno State and a teaching credential from Fresno Pacific University, she was a kindergarten teacher in Fresno Unified before God called her to Bethany. Prior to this Annette served at Youth for Christ in the Junior High Division, when she clearly felt God’s call to ministry. Annette seeks to make all of our events comfortable for those who don’t know Jesus while nurturing those who do. Annette and her husband, Jay, have three children.

Janice Line

Dir. Youth Ministries
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Janice volunteered with the Bethany high school group a few years before joining our staff as full-time Youth Director in 2015.  Janice graduated from Whitworth University with a degree in Theology and  has over 15 years of ministry experience with both kids and teens. Janice has a passion to see adolesants connect with Jesus and carry out his mission to care for others.

Other youth staff: Carter Willems (Intern)

Dr. Peng Wen

Chinese Church Pastor
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Peng serves as Pastor to Bethany Chinese Christian Church. He is  also an economics professor and the Global MBA Program Director at Fresno Pacific University. After graduating from National Taiwan University he was drafted for military service as a lieutenant in the army. 1984/85 were the most important time in his life: first he got married, then he came to the States, and then by God’s mercy he was forgiven to become one of His own.

 

Josh Nachtigall

Worship Leader
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Josh and his wife Crystal are honored to serve our church as the worship leader bringing a shared passion for music and our church community.  Josh was raised in Bethany Church, married Crystal here, and they are now the parents of three active children.

Josh finds it an amazing privilege to be on staff as Bethany’s worship leader. He recognizes that he is only one of many who lead our church in worshiping God through music, and is so thankful to these musicians and singers who volunteer their time. It is the goal in the worship ministry to make all music we do in a church service an act of worship to God. Music is by no means the only way to worship God. It is Josh’s hope and prayer that we, as a church, learn to live our daily lives as acts of worship, seeking a living love relationship with God. Outside of Josh’s part time position at Bethany,he teaches middle school in Fresno Unified School District.

Jan Schmidt

PT Bookkeeper
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After working for IBM 35 years, and a brief retirement, Jan became the part-time bookkeeper here in 2005. Wes and Jan have two children and three grandchildren. They enjoy going to their grand-kids various activities and sporting events. Wes & Jan love to travel; other interests are reading and singing in the choir and trio. Music has been an integral part of Jan’s ministry of service to the Lord throughout her life. Jan has been a member of Bethany and involved in the music ministry since 1971.

Bob Stover

Custodian
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Around here, Bob says he “doesn’t steer the boat, he just rows”, but he believes it’s still part of his job to show the Lord in all you do. His real job is to support the staff and the church in whatever they do.
Bob is married to Donna and have a son, Mark. When he’s away from work you might find Bob out fishing. Anyway, if you have any questions about the wonders of bleach, call Bob.

Kristine Schroeder

Graphic Designer
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Kristine is excited and honored to be part of the Bethany staff as well as member of the church family. She graduated from CSU, Fresno with her degree in Advertising. She began her career as the Production Supervisor overseeing the Custom Publications design team at The Fresno Bee for 13 years and from there transitioned to starting her own business as a freelance designer for many local businesses and national companies. She has been blessed with wonderful clients and opportunities along the way. She joins the Bethany family as a part-time graphic designer and maintains her freelance gig as well.

Kristine and her husband Corey have been married since 1997 and are proud parents of twins, Hayden and Madison. They keep she and Corey on their toes! She loves to travel and spend time with her family, read a good book and spend time at the coast or Hume Lake.

Rhonda Gossett

PT Bookkeeper
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A graduate of Tabor College, Rhonda previously worked for the MB Seminary and the Pacific District Conference of MB Churches. She has been working as a part-time bookkeeper at Bethany Church since 2006. Rhonda is married to John, and they have two children, Johnny and Julie. As a family they enjoy various sports and playing games together.