In 2023, Bethel church celebrated six baptisms. In the fall, Jana Steele and Stephen Stapleton—after studying with Homer Hart, Bethel church pastor, as well as Marsha Browne, Bethel church member— celebrated their baptisms.
Jana and Steve are involved in the church in a variety of ways already, from Steve joining the deacon board and helping with men’s ministries to Jana helping with the food distribution ministry.
In November, Trinity Ridgeway and siblings Jordan, Jayda, and Jayden Kyte were baptized. These precious young people had grown up in the church and, after studying with the church’s youth leaders, made a commitment to give their lives to Christ.
Hart has now shared Bible study lesson packets with each church member, encouraging them often to study the lessons with friends and family members. “Periodically I remind them,” Hart said, “‘How are you doing with your Bible studies? Any names you want to give me?’”
“It’s only by the power of the Holy Spirit—human effort and divine power working together, being about our mission, knowing what our mission is as a church family and as individuals—that’s the motivation power behind what’s going on,” Hart said.