Rev. Mytch Pierre-Noel Dorvilier
Pastor Mytch came to Bethel in April 2020, near the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
And right away, we saw her gifts in action, as she figured out how to have us do worship online (which we’d never done before), hold meetings via Zoom, and start reaching out to get to know us by any means possible…all the things they don’t teach in seminary!
But she’s used to adapting. She grew up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, speaking Creole and French, and later added fluent Spanish, English, and Wolof to her language list.
She worked with the Lutheran World Federation in Haiti, and later served with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) Global Mission in West Africa.
After immigrating to the US in 2000, she tried to avoid the call to ordained ministry, but she finally decided it was God’s will for her life, and she received her Master’s of Divinity from Wartburg Theological Seminary in 2016.
Before coming to Fresno, she worked with community development and multi-ethnic ministries in the Eastern North Dakota Synod and as priest-in-charge in the Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota and served churches in North Dakota and Minnesota as an interim pastor.
She loves getting to know people and hearing their stories. She especially loves older people because they have so many stories…though she loves young people, too!
She treasures her Haitian heritage and promises that we’ll get to sample traditional Haitian dishes once we can gather again. She trusts God’s Holy Spirit to guide Bethel in a way that encourages our faith individual, and as a congregation.
She likes spending time with her three children and friends, as well as cooking, doing yoga, and running (though not in 100+ degree heat). She’s also a certified Zumba instructor, so community Zumba based at the church may be in our future!
Maria, our Administrative Genius, is the voice you’ll hear on the phone, and our go¬to person who keeps our office humming. She’ll be happy to help you with any questions you may have. Maria has been attending services at Bethel for almost 17 years and working here for a little over 5 years. And it’s the perfect position for her! As she says, “I truly love my job, and it feels as if I’m not working since I really enjoy what I do. I love the closeness of our church members, but I also love seeing new faces at our services.”
In her free time, Maria enjoys spending time with husband Jeff and their two beautiful daughters; caring for their 4 dogs (each family member has their own), 2 cats, and 1 hamster; reading; and making weekend trips to Avila beach with the family.
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.
Dillon Walters is the Director of Choral Activities of the Bethel Lutheran Church. He holds a BA in Music Education, with an emphasis in Choral Music. While attending Fresno State, he held the position of Presidency of the ACDA Student Chapter for one year. He is currently working on his teaching credential so he can teach choral music at a secondary level.
When he is not performing or conducting, he is composing music.
Dillon is also developing pedagogy books that focus on the listening side of musicianship. Aside from music, Dillon enjoys meditating, reading, hiking, gardening, and spending time with loved ones.