I have been attending Bethel for 10 years. I’m married with 6 children and 9 grandchildren. I teach 3rd grade. My hobbies are gardening, hiking, camping, and traveling. My favorite thing about Bethel is how I feel the love of God when in fellowship with my church family.
Kenny Kearns is a retired elementary school teacher and 30-year church member at Bethel. He lives in Fresno with his lovely and brilliant wife and daughter.
Greetings! I am looking forward to better knowing the wonderful people in this congregation. I recently retired from the field of Special Education and ASL interpreting. I am so blessed to have children, grandchildren, my mother and my loving husband, Bruce. My chief hobby is reading. I’m an insatiable reader and learner. The Lord is first in my life. I ever seek to follow Him and learn how I might best serve Him, as well as all of His children.
Hello…My name is Shirley Petersen Orr.
I began attending Bethel with my grandparents during WWII when my father was overseas. I attended Sunday School and Confirmation class in this beautiful church. I was married at Bethel and my first child was baptized here. One of my favorite things about our church is the faith I see and our congregation’s acceptance of people.
My hobbies are reading, writing, a bit of gardening and a lot of appreciation for other gardens, and my 3 grandchildren and their parents. I appreciate the adventures of daily life, my cousin, Judy, and trips to the coast and the mountains. My favorite place is Santa Cruz in summer.
I have been a member of Bethel Lutheran Church for 30 years.
I have enjoyed serving our congregation in various positions over the years. My hobbies include gardening, camping, and spending time with my husband, our three adult children and their spouses, and our two granddaughters. As a retired Registered Nurse, I also enjoy spending time caring for and helping others.
Hi, my name is Angela but most of the time called “Angie”. I have been attending Bethel since 1979 and have enjoyed attending this church. I like participating in events at church but in addition I also keep involved in my neighborhood. I like to bake and cook so I take meals to a neighbor that is 95 years old make cupcakes for the neighborhood children. I also enjoy visiting my children and grandchildren and spending time with my friends. I am retired so my husband and I will visit our son who lives in Georgia. We also enjoy going on cruises.
Hi, I’m a retired teacher for Fresno Unified. Currently I’m serving on the Bethel Lutheran Church Council as a Deacon and a choir member.
My favorite activities are playing string instruments, gardening, cooking and reading about history.
God is good.
My name is Dan Lynch and I’m currently a Trustee at Bethel Lutheran Church. A Trustee is responsible for repairs and improvement projects of our church buildings.
I have been attending Bethel for 36 years and have always liked the church because so many of the members there are always welcoming of anyone who walks through the doors. I met my wife Sheila at Bethel and we’ve been married 32 years.
I enjoy home improvement projects, hiking, fishing, a lot of exercising like walking, bike riding, aerobics, light weight lifting, my elliptical, and I like to cook dinner every night.
Our core belief is simply that Jesus Christ died on a cross in order for God to forgive all our sins so we may have eternal life in heaven, and that God did this for All People.
If you are looking for a church that will make you feel at home, Bethel is the church. Please look me up when you come see us.
I have attended Bethel Lutheran Church all of my life. My mother’s parents were among the original members that started the church back in 1914, and my mother and her two brothers attended Bethel their entire lives. I am a member of the Bethel choir. There was a time when both my parents, my mom’s two brothers, my aunt, my cousin Kristine, my sister, and I were all singing in the choir at one time. Also in the choir at that time were Ralph and Janet Larsen who we are related to us through the marriage of Ralph’s aunt to my mom’s uncle. My grandfather was often referred to as the “father of the choir” in those days. When I was younger, I served as a Sunday School teacher, a Vacation Bible School teacher, and helped with children’s singing by either leading singing or accompanying on the piano.
I have served on the church council in the past as a deacon, treasurer, and financial secretary. I have also attended the church council meetings for the past 25 years due to my position as the church’s bookkeeper. I am currently serving on the council as a trustee.
I am President of BLCW, which is my first board experience at Bethel Lutheran. I have been a member of Bethel since the early 1990’s, when I was recruited to sing with the choir. I found the warmth and hospitality of the members, so I stayed. I see this as a time for spiritual and physical growth as we tackle the challenge of regrouping and reopening after a year of closure.