A rich history bringing glory to god in Phoenix
The church called Dr. John L. Mitchell to be its founding pastor. The next three decades were an incredible time for God’s work under his leadership. During those years, the church grew rapidly and had an impact on the community. It helped start several other Bible churches: Camelback Bible, Scottsdale Bible, Trinity Bible, Grace Bible, Biltmore Bible, Faith Bible, Desert Springs Bible, and Community Bible Church in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. A strong interest developed in worldwide missions, and, as a result, a number of people from the church have gone into missionary service.
In the interim period, Dr. Ted Wueste, Executive Pastor of Spiritual Formation, assumed responsibility for preaching and provided senior leadership to the staff until Dr. John Vawter was called as Interim Senior Pastor in October 2017 to serve while a search process is conducted for the man God has chosen to be our Senior Pastor. Dr. Vawter completed his interim role in April 2018.
In May 2018, Pastor Brad Pellish was asked to expand his role at Bethany by taking leadership of the staff and ministry of Bethany Bible Church as the Interim Executive Pastor. The Elder Board asked our friend Dr. Rick Efird to temporarily join the staff as the Interim Teaching Pastor to provide consistent, quality Bible teaching during our Sunday services. Both of these men will continue in their roles until our PastorNext is appointed!