Leadership – Bethel Church and Ministries


The Lord has provided many wonderful people to lead and shepherd Bethel Church. Meet our Bethel staff members and elders.

Pastor Steve

Senior Pastor

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 Chicago, Indianapolis, and across Indiana. Steve authored a book in 2012 entitled, Eyes Wide Open: Enjoying God in Everything.

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.


Bethel is an elder-led congregation. This means that our Elder Team is ultimately responsible for the ministries and shepherding of the church.

Lead Elders

John Von Thaden
Jack Huls
Kurt Hand
Steve DeWitt
Ben Boggs
Chad Clark

Campus Elders

Dan Douglas
Tim Krug
Dave Lucas
Keane Soulade
Jeremy Pena
Raj Seladurai
Matt Morris
John Zandstra
Arie DeJong
Frank Jones
Al Harper
John Mirabella
Tom Hill
Harry Beamer


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.


Chris Steward
Ray Ostrander
Dave Waechter
Dave Carmein
Bruce Wasko
Rob Rodruigez
Charlie Ward
Ben Fraley
Josh Dubach
Mike Olson
Brandon Ruiz
Tom Keithley
Brent Mollema
Steve Perry
Brian Jonkman
Mike Lenting
Joe Suppes
Nate Napier
Jeremy Pugh
Mark Smith
John Terpstra
Fred Mooney
Dan Craig
Josh Taber
Jon Dykstra
Jim Escot


Bethel has many other staff people who make things happen at our various locations. While each staff person is generally focused on a particular campus, most have responsibilities that extend to all campuses. In addition to our paid staff, Bethel has a team of volunteer Deacons who provide oversight to the finances, facilities, and benevolent needs of the church.