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LEARN

Sunday 9:30 am – 10:30 am

WORSHIP

Sunday 10:45 am – 12:00 pm

FELLOWSHIP

Sunday 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

PRAY

Wednesday 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Here at Bethesda, we believe people were born to worship. Everyone will worship something whether that something is good or bad. For some it may be family life, for others it may be influence, and still others it may be pleasure. No one can lay aside the pursuit of something they feel gives their life meaning, purpose and satisfaction.

At Bethesda, we believe only God is worthy of our worship and able to bring the lasting joy and hope all of us crave. Wonderfully, God desires to be our life’s pursuit. How can we be sure? It’s the every-day, all-day care and provision of God, the death of Jesus on a cross for people who didn’t love him, his promise of a restored creation under his just and loving hand – these are God’s ways to say “Follow me.”

Our gatherings celebrate Jesus. His death and resurrection as the pivotal point in world history shapes everything we do. So we enthusiastically talk about what he did for us. We encourage each other to enjoy, depend on, and share this good news with anyone and everyone. The good news of Jesus is the heartbeat of our church. Without it we’re lifeless.

We’d love to encourage you too. If you would like to receive more information about Bethesda please explore more of the website, call or email us. And of course we’d love to meet you in person. Thanks for your interest and we look forward to serving you.




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GOSPEL

God is renewing the whole world including people. How? The gospel (meaning good news) of Jesus Christ is his mercy toward sinners – moral failures and idolaters – people who live for their own desires and recognition rather than God’s. Graciously, Jesus came to live on earth. And thankfully rather than live like we do he lived a perfect life. He never cut moral corners and always worshiped his Father in heaven without even a hint of selfishness. Then, knowing better than anyone God’s coming wrath at the end of history*, he “stepped in the way” by dying on a cross. But he didn’t stay dead. His real resurrection three days later was proof that his sacrifice had been accepted by God. This is the gospel. In a nutshell: God saves sinners. The only right response to this good news is to believe it.

*…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Romans 3:23

*…how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.
1 Thessalonians 1:9-10




meet the

PASTORS



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DAN CHITTOCK

Dan was born in northeast Ohio with roots in Indiana and Iowa. He has been privileged to be at Bethesda since 1995 where his principle duties are the pulpit ministry and casting an overall vision for the church. His formal training includes studies at Baptist Bible College of Pa., Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, Ashland Theological Seminary, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is married to his college sweetheart, LuAnn, and the Lord has blessed them with three sons, two daughters-in-law, and three grandsons. A couple of books that Dan thinks are especially helpful to anyone following Jesus are The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan and The Christian Life by Sinclair Ferguson.
 
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DAVID HARRISON

David joined the pastoral team in 2010 and presently focuses much of his attention toward young adult discipleship and corporate outreach. He earned his BA at Cedarville University and his MDiv at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. David and his wife, Elizabeth, have been married 12 years and are blessed with 3 children.
 
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KEN KEILMAN

Ken has been a member of Bethesda since 1976 and a Pastor since 1986. He grew up in Allen Park and is a life-long resident of the Downriver area. He earned a BS in Administration from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and works full-time for a local firm in the Information Technology area. Ken shares in the teaching, preaching, and care of the members and oversees the church's finances. He and his wife Cindy have been married over thirty-five years and have three adult children and five grandchildren.
 
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BOB MOORE

Bob joined Bethesda’s staff in 1999 having served at churches in Illinois and Michigan. He was born and raised in Allen Park and received his education at William Tyndale College (B.R.E. in Biblical Literature) and Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.). At Bethesda, he oversees the areas of discipleship, care, and worship planning. He, his wife Lori, and their three children live in nearby Southgate.
 
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JIM SCULLION

Jim has been a member of Bethesda since 2003 and joined the pastoral staff in 2013. He is employed as an engineer in the energy industry and has a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Wayne State University. He is a graduate of Michigan Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity). Jim has been involved in teaching and preaching for several years at Bethesda. He and his wife Mary have been married for 25 years and make their home in Brownstown.
 
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MIKE SHERF

Mike joined the staff in 2008 as Minister of Youth. He earned his BA in Bible from Northland International University and his MA in Systematic Theology from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He and his wife Nicole have been married for 10 years and they have four children.


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PRACTICES

What we think and do is determined ultimately by the Bible. But so we can more easily follow what it says we look to The New Hampshire Confession (Hiscox 1894 edition), and our church constitution. These documents serve us in understanding the Bible and how to organize our church. To view a summary of our doctrine and distinctives click here. To view church documents click here.