We are a family with open arms and we’d like to welcome you to Bethel. We have imperfect, messy lives, but we are pursuing and experiencing a transforming relationship with Jesus and with each other. Everyone is welcome here, whatever your story, your questions, doubts or struggles. We’re all about doing life together in community, being intentional about our growth as believers and serving one another and our community along the way.
Our Mission & Vision
To Know Him and to Make Him Known
The Mission of the church is realized in these three scriptures…
- The Great Commission – “Go and Share” (Mark 16:15)
- The Great Commandment – “Love God – Love People” (Matthew 22:37-39)
- The Great Commitment – “Prayer that touches His Heart” (Mark 11:17)
Our Vision can be best lived out in these four statements…
We exist to help others…
- Believe in Jesus
- Belong to a family
- Become a disciple
- Build the Kingdom
“… all over the world the gospel is growing and bearing fruit by changing lives.” – Colossians 1:6
Bethel Life's Core Beliefs
There is only one God, who exists eternally as a Trinity of three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each member of the Trinity is fully God, yet each is personally distinct from the other.
Jesus Christ (second person of the Trinity) was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, was crucified and died on the cross, was resurrected from the dead and ascended to heaven. He baptizes the believer in the Holy Spirit and will return to Earth to conclude history and fulfill God’s plan.
The Holy Spirit (third person of the Trinity) comes to live within a person once they accept Jesus as their personal savior. The Holy Spirit gives us power to live as God wants us to live, and gives us spiritual gifts to serve the Church and change the world.
Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay for our sins. It is only through faith in Jesus Christ – not by being a good person or doing good deeds – that a person can be restored to a right relationship with God.
The Bible was written by men under the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. It is for all people, in every situation. It contains no error. God’s words were relevant then, are still relevant today, and will be forever.
Jesus is our example in all things. He was baptized by being fully immersed in water. Following His example is our way to show the world that we have decided to identify ourselves as a child of God and believer in Jesus Christ.
The Church – the Body of Christ – is not a building. It is a gathering of local believers. The Church is believers working together to fulfill God’s purposes of reaching all people with the Gospel. We are to work together to help each other in love and unity.
Get to know our
Pastor Kent & Denise Bell
Pastor Kent and Ms. Denise have pastored at Bethel Life since 1999. They were married in 1981 and have 4 adult children, 4 grandchildren and 2 spoiled puppies. They enjoy spending time together, family and friends, the outdoors and serving the community and church.
Pastor Kent served as the Children’s Pastor starting in 1999 and was hired as the Church Administrator in 2002, where he served until he became Senior Pastor in 2003. Pastor Kent is a big John Wayne fan, enjoys reading, hunting, his horses, and supporting our mission efforts.
Ms. Denise holds a Local Church Minister’s License and is the Founder and Director of Loving HANDS Ministry, our special needs outreach, inspired in part by their son, Jason, who has Angelman’s Syndrome, a chromosome abnormality. Ms. Denise enjoys warm weather and the beach, watching a good “who done it” movie and reading.
Pastor Andrew has been a part of the pastoral team since 2018, but has been serving Bethel Life since 2008. He and his wife, Maddie, were married in April 2020 and welcomed their first child just before the 2021 New Year. Andrew is passionate about God and his family! He also enjoys sports, cooking and being outdoors.
Pastor Jerry has been in ministry since he was 16 years old and has been a part of the IPHC church in Greenville and Bethel Life since 1976. Pastor Jerry and his wife Rose both actively serve in the church and enjoy spending time with their 6 children, 18 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren (at the point of writing this biography.)
Pastor Jim has been on staff at Bethel Life since 2018. He has been blessed to have served in ministry with children, youth, and as Senior Pastor. He and his wife, Marcia, have been married for over 42 years. They have 5 children and 7 grandchildren. Jim and Marcia love spending time with their family, especially their grandchildren.
Pastor Greg has been active at Bethel Life since 2002 when he first came to minister as a traveling Evangelist. He relocated to Greenville in 2005 to serve the church and base his ministry here. He and his wife Holly, the Bethel Life Children's Pastor, have five kids and a dog. Greg is an avid golfer, hunter, streamer and an all around weird dude.
Holly has been a part of Bethel Life for over 15 years and serves in the church alongside her husband Pastor Greg. They’ve been married 27 years and have three children by birth, Grace, Annie, and Adam, and one daughter by heart, Azzama. Holly loves being with her family and listening to worship music and bluegrass.
Amy joined the Bethel Life staff in 2019. She and her husband, Lance, along with their two children, are all active members at the Hermitage Campus where Lance and Amy also serve on the worship team. She also enjoys food, vacations and binging watching TV series.
Kim has been at Bethel Life since 2001 and on staff since 2003. She and her daughter have been very involved in the ministries here for many years, and Kim was a part of a mission trip to Quito, Ecuador in 2006. She enjoys carpentry, remodeling, puzzles and reading.
Rebekah has served in ministry since 2006 and began attending Bethel Life in 2020 shortly after meeting her husband, Justin Reynolds. She loves solving sudoku puzzles, coaching volleyball, and sharing her heart for Jesus to anyone with a listening ear.
Salena has been at Bethel Life has been on staff since 2013. She and her husband, Steven, have been married for 14 years and have a daughter Mia. Salena loves being a dance mom and attending all of her daughter’s activities. She also enjoys reading, drawing, and painting.
Chris has attended Bethel Life since 2003 and has been on staff since 2017. He met his wife, Chelsea, in Youth Group and they married in 2014 and have 2 beautiful daughters - Lexi and Layla. Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and children and also enjoys hunting and watching football.
LuAnn has been at Bethel Life since 1999 and has been on staff since 2006. She and her husband, Rich, have been married for more than 40 years and have two adult children - Lauren & Nathan. LuAnn loves dark chocolate, gardening and refinishing antique furniture. Her newest love however is becoming a Gramma!
Pastor Kent Bell, President | LuAnn Shreckengosh, Treasurer, Chair – Finance Committee | Carolyn Cadman, Secretary | Brian Paolucci, Chair – Building & Grounds Committee | Allen Collins | Ben Zimmer | Lance Faler | Rita Clemente
Connect with Bethel Life
Children & youth
We love children and have a variety of ministries and programs specifically for them. We offer Sunday morning care for children, Sunday evening youth ministry, and our Tree House Preschool Program. We would love to share the love of Christ with your children.
Our Loving Hands program is for families who have children with special physical, intellectual, behavioral or emotional needs. Parents enjoy a night off and we get a chance to love on your child and share with them how amazing they are.
connect & grow
We believe life is better in community. We offer Men's and Women's Ministry programs and small groups for a variety of interests and life stages to enable our church to connect and grow together.
Small Groups & Discipleship Classes >
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Care, Prevention & Recovery
We offer the Celebrate Recovery program to help people overcome life controlling issues and find freedom in Christ. We also offer Divorce Care and Grief Share programs to help people to heal after those traumatic events.
Ready to take the next step?
Are you ready to take the next steps in your faith? We want to help you grow! Connect with other believers, make an impact, discover more about Bethel and finding your purpose, and learn about serving and baptism. We invite you to partner with us to build the Kingdom of God!