Hi, I am John Tilstra, senior pastor of Bethel. My family and I arrived at Bethel in January 2011. Before coming to Bethel, I pastored the Baileyville Reformed Church in Baileyville, IL for nine years. I am a 2001 graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, Florida campus. Before I entered full-time ministry, I taught thirteen years in the public school systems of South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Georgia. My wife Leesa and I have been married for 20 years. We have two children: John, a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Bekah, a junior at Laconia High School.
We at Bethel strive to follow our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in every aspect of our lives. We are sinners who were once separated from God, but now our relationship with Him has been restored when we placed our faith in who Jesus Christ is and in what He has done for us. It is my hope and prayer that Jesus Christ will make himself real to you.
Hi, my name is Judi. I have not only been the Administrative Assistant at Bethel Church for 16 years, but also have attended here all my life along with my husband, Bill. We have two adult children as well as a wonderful daughter-in-law and two active grandsons who also attend Bethel. I not only answer calls, do lots of copying and creating of bulletins, newsletters and other items that are needed by the staff and consistory of Bethel. but also have been taking care of the accounting program since 2000. I am blessed by God to be able to work in this position and not only do my duties in the office, but hopefully help to console and pray for any members as well as others in time of need.