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Senior Pastor

Steve DeWitt

It has been Pastor Steve’s joy to serve as Bethel Church’s senior pastor since 1997. His primary responsibilities are teaching at our weekend services, shepherding the people, leading the staff, serving as an elder, and providing overall vision for the church.

Steve’s passions include expository preaching, the doctrines of grace, helping the church engage its culture, and the beauty of God. He often speaks in contexts outside of Bethel, is a council member of The Gospel Coalition, and enjoys traveling as a part of Bethel’s global mission efforts. He also serves on the board of Global Action, an international missions organization providing theological training for church leaders across the world.

In addition to weekends at Bethel, Steve’s teaching ministry can be heard through Bethel’s media ministry, The Journey. This teaching ministry airs weekdays and weekends on Moody Radio in Chicago, Indianapolis, and across Indiana. Steve is the author of Eyes Wide Open (2012) and Enjoying God in Everything (2022).

A graduate of Cornerstone University and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, Steve’s interests include reading, travel, sports of all kinds, and rooting for University of Iowa teams. You are likely to run into him at a golf course near you.

After serving as a single pastor for many years, Steve was married to Jennifer in August of 2012. They rejoiced at the birth of their daughters Kiralee in 2013 and Madeline in 2015. The DeWitts live in Crown Point.

PASTORS & MINISTRY DIRECTORS

Steve DeWitt

Senior Pastor

Brad Lagos

Executive Pastor of Ministries

Dustin Rouse

Pastor of Worship

Dave Harvey

Executive Director of Operations

PASTORS & MINISTRY DIRECTORS

Dexter Harris

Gary Campus Pastor

Jared Bryant

Cedar Lake Campus Pastor

Tim Chen

Pastor of Chinese Congregation

Scott Erwin

Assistant Pastor of
Students & Campus Life

PASTORS & MINISTRY DIRECTORS

Dr. Stephen Ganschow

Pastor of Counseling Ministries

Chris Whetstone

Pastor of Small Groups

Gary Butler

Pastor of Care & Family Ministry

PASTORS & MINISTRY DIRECTORS

Foster Toft

Assistant Pastor of Students

Bill Hillegonds

Assistant Pastor of
Students and Outreach

Kim McCool

Director of Women's
Ministry & Connections

Nate Logan

Pastor of Ministry
Development & Missions

CROWN POINT STAFF

Chris Whetstone

Pastor of Small Groups

Brad Lagos

Executive Pastor of Ministries

Dana Behler

Director of Finance

Brianne Boggs 

Small Groups & Connections Assistant

Brittany Hnida

Missions Assistant

Daniel Asher

Dr. Stephen Ganschow

Director of Worship Arts
Pastor of Counseling Ministries

CROWN POINT STAFF

Joy Kats

Counseling and Care Ministries Assistant

Iris Perez

Women's Ministry & Connections Assistant

Dustin Rouse

Pastor of Worship

Kim McCool

Director of Women's 
Ministry & Connections

Foster Toft

Assistant Pastor of Students

Laura DeLaughter

Kids Ministry Assistant

Gary Butler

Pastor of Care & Family Ministries

Laura Sauerman

Assistant to the Senior Pastor

CROWN POINT STAFF

Lindsay Rouse

Worship Ministries Assistant

Robin Von Thaden 

Assistant to the Executive Pastor

Nate Logan

Pastor of Ministry
Development & Missions

Samantha Stooksbury

Student Ministry Coordinator

Nate Shellhaas

Kids Ministry Coordinator

Steve DeWitt

Senior Pastor

Payton Leoni

Associate Director of Worship

CEDAR LAKE STAFF

Anne DeYoung

Administrative Assistant

Bill Hillegonds

Assistant Pastor of Students & Outreach

Lauri Mollema

Cedar Lake Director of Women's Ministry

Ellyn Krusza

Kid's Ministry Coordinator

Payton Leoni

Campus Worship Leader

Jared Bryant

Campus Pastor

GARY STAFF

Angi Briggs

Kid's Ministries Coordinator

Dexter Harris

Campus Pastor

Keli Burgess

Kids & Student Ministries Assistant Coordinator

Katrina Leavy-Peterson

Administrative Assistant

Leianne Otto

Worship Leader

HOBART/PORTAGE STAFF

Daniel Asher

Director of Worship Arts

Denise Stewart

Administrative Assistant

Rebekah Douglas

Hobart/Portage Women's Coordinator

Kari Corbin

Kid's Ministries Coordinator

Scott Erwin

Assistant Pastor of Students and Campus Life

OPERATIONS

Chuck Vandever

Assistant Technical Director

Judy Huff

Accounting Clerk & Receptionist

Dana Behler

Director of Finance

Dave Harvey

Executive Director of Operations

Ellen Anderson

Database Administrator

Jason Peak

IT Director
Director of Facilities

Josh Spinks

Phoenix Bergner

Technical Production Assistant

Richard Bodden

Technical Production Assistant

Sandy Wood

Finance Assistant

Rick Thompson

Security Coordinator

ELDERS & DEACONS

Elders 
Bethel is an elder-led congregation. This means that our Elder Team is ultimately responsible for the ministries and shepherding of the church.
Deacons 
Bethel’s deacon team provides leadership and coordination to many practical expressions of church ministry.
These include benevolence ministries, facilities management, communion, baptism, and finance.

Lead Elders

Tyler Carter
Raj Selladurai
John Von Thaden
Jack Huls
Kurt Hand
Steve DeWitt
Ben Boggs
Chad Clark

Campus Elders

Dan Douglas
Tim Krug
Dave Lucas
Keane Soluade
Jeremy Pena
Harry Beamer
Arie DeJong
Frank Jones
Al Harper
John Mirabella
Tom Hill
Harry Beamer

Deacons

Chris Steward
Ray Ostrander
Dave Waechter
Dave Carmein
Bruce Wasko
Rob Rodruigez
Charlie Ward
Ben Fraley

Joe Suppes
Nate Napier
Jeremy Pugh
Mark Smith
John Terpstra
Fred Mooney
Dan Craig
Josh Taber
Jon Dykstra
Jim Escott
Josh Dubach
Mike Olson
Branden Ruiz
Tom Keithley
Brent Mollema
Steve Perry
Brian Jonkman
Mike Lenting