God has blessed Bethany with a talented and Christ-honoring staff. Meet them here!
Dr. Ritch Boerckel
Pastor Ritch has been ministering at Bethany since 1993. His previous training includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pastoral Training from Moody Bible Institute, a Masters of Theology degree in Bible Exposition from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Ministry from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis. Pastor Ritch and his wife Kimberly have three children, Alexander (married to Kiera), Daniel (married to Elizabeth), and Jackson.
Senior Associate Pastor
Pastor Lyall has been ministering at Bethany since 1988. His previous training includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Religion and Pastoral Studies from Liberty University and a Master of Arts in Ministry from Moody Graduate School. Pastor Lyall and his wife Sheila have two children, Megan and Ben (married to Hannah).
Jerry has has been on staff with Bethany since 2007. He is originally from St. Louis where he worked as a Director in Information Systems at Continental Banking and then Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Jerry oversees a variety of ministries including directly overseeing AWANA, Womens Ministries, Mens Ministries, Nursery, Children’s Ministries, and Vacation Bible School. He is married to Karen and they have three children, Zachary (married to Caroline), Jordan, and Tori.
Pastor of Biblical Counseling
Pastor Joel has attended Bethany since April of 2005 and came on staff in May 2006. He is originally from Lafayette, IN. Before serving on staff, he was senior pastor at Northpark Baptist Church. He serves as the counseling pastor and helps with the connecting ministries. He is married to Ginny and they have three children, Philip (married to Jennie), Evan (married to Laura), and Kirsten.
Minister of Global Outreach
Steve has attended Bethany since 1999 and came on staff in 2012. He grew up as MK in Mexico. Before serving on staff, he worked as an engineer for Caterpillar. He currently shepherds our Global Outreach efforts and enjoys traveling to spend time with many of our global outreach partners. He has been married to Carol since 1978 and they have 3 children, Dan, Tim (married to Jenni), and Becky (married to Josh), and 4 granddaughters.
Josh has been on staff working with Bethany’s youth since 2013. He spent his childhood in a variety of locations in places like Michigan, Illinois, California, and South Africa. After graduating from the Master’s College with a degree in Business, Josh attended The Master’s Seminary in California and completed his Masters of Divinity in 2013. Josh has been married to his wife, Janea, since 2012 and they have two children, Jade and Jude
Junior High Minister
Aaron has been on staff since 2009 working with Bethany’s youth. He began as a youth intern in 2009 and started on staff in 2010. Aaron is currently leading the Jr. High ministry. He attended Frontier School of the Bible and graduated from Calvary Bible College in 2009 with a degree in Advanced Biblical Studies.
Traever came on staff as an intern in 2016 and is currently working with Bethany’s College Ministry as well as teaching classes through The Gospel Institute. He is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Machine Systems Engineering. He worked as an engineer for Caterpillar for ten years before getting a Masters of Divinity at Westminster Seminary California in Escondido, California in 2016. There he was also a part of The Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies. Traever is married to Andrea and they have four kids, Adalai, Remy, Thatcher, and Baye.
Director of Media & Communications
Director of Technology
Children's Ministry Director
Global Outreach Coordinator
Counseling Ministry Administrative Assistant
Youth Ministry Administrative Assistant
Children's Ministry Administrative Assistant
Adult Ministry Administrative Assistant