Downtown Campus

Saturdays, 5:30pm Sundays, 9am & 11am

Directions

Address

720 13th Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415
Office Hours | Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm

Contact


Phone: 612-338-7653
Fax: 612-338-6901

Welcome

Bethlehems Downtown Campus is on the eastern edge of downtown Minneapolis, about two blocks southeast of the US Bank Stadium. If youre coming on I-94 W from St. Paul, our main parking lot is immediately off the 7th Street exit. (See all parking options.) Just inside the main entrance is a Welcome Desk staffed to help you with any questions you may have. We would be delighted to connect with you!

 

Look for this symbol throughout the website to find classes and events specific to our Downtown Campus.

What to Expect

We are eager for you to join us for a worship service! Our weekly gatherings are characterized by an eagerness to encounter the living God together in the context of prayer, singing, the preaching of the Gods word, and fellowship with each other.

The content of the gospel shapes our services. Each week, as we gather for corporate worship, we celebrate the gospel of Jesus Christ with a four-fold order of service: 1) God is holy, 2) We are sinful, 3) Jesus saves, and 4) Jesus sends. Through Scripture reading, prayer, and singing, we rehearse this gospel and confess the unsurpassable worth of Jesus Christ. We then continue in worship as we hear Gods word through preaching.

At the Saturday evening service, the preaching pastor gives the sermon in person. On several Sundays each month, we see a video recording of the sermon, while the preaching pastor is live at another campus. See our Preaching Schedule.

After the service, you will have an opportunity to pray with a pastor or prayer team member. Sunday morning coffee and pastries are served in the Main Hall. All are invited to linger and connect!

  • Information about our church is available at the Welcome Desk outside the Sanctuary. Stop by to ask a question or pick up printed materials. 
  • Nursery care is available during worship services for children ages birth–3 years.
  • Sunday School classes meet at 9am or 11am. Some classes for adults meet year-round. Classes for children and youth are offered during the school year. 
  • Spanish speakers are invited hear a translation of the sermon in Spanish on Sundays at 9am. Headsets are available at the Welcome Desk. Learn more.
  • Preview this weekend’s Orders of Worship.
  • Preview a map of the Downtown Campus.

Ministries

Sunday and midweek ministries encourage believers of all ages in their walk with God and strengthen our church body to “grow so that it builds itself up in love” (Ephesians 4:16). 

Nursery

We welcome children ages birth–3 years to be cared for during worship services and special events. A team of caregivers leads children in age-appropriate playtime, shares God-centered stories and songs, and prays for each child.

We are eager to partner with parents as we announce births & adoptions, host Child Dedication Services, and provide nursery care in hopes that even the littles ones among us will have a firm foundation for loving Jesus.

Parents fill out a Family Registration form (link to come) to register children for nursery care and check in at a kiosk upon arrival to print a name tag for each child.

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Elementary

In our programs for children in preschool and the elementary grades, we seek to point the next generation to find their joy in Jesus, to be students of God’s word, and to connect in the local church.

We are eager to serve children and families through ...

  • Sunday School classes during the school year
  • Disability & Special Needs Ministry
  • Parenting resources & support
  • Volunteer opportunities

In Sunday School classes at 9am & 11am, a team of worship leaders, teachers, and small group leaders guide children in a variety of activities, encouraging them in the knowledge of Christ and his word. Parents fill out the Family Registration Form (link to come) for classes, and check in at a kiosk upon arrival to print a name tag for each child.

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GROUPS & CLASSES VOLUNTEER

Middle School

Through times of teaching and fellowship, we seek to lead Middle School students (Grades 6–8) to learn from God’s word, build relationships with one another, and connect to the local church. We seek to shepherd students through teaching, worship, and small group interaction in ...

  • Sunday School classes
  • Wednesday night gatherings
  • Activities, outreach, and special events

We aim to support and equip parents as they, by God’s grace, train their children’s hearts toward maturity in Jesus Christ. Through each facet of our ministry, we seek to point students to Jesus and an ever-increasing delight and maturity in him.  

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GROUPS & CLASSES VOLUNTEER

Sr High

Through times of teaching and fellowship, we seek to lead Sr High students (Grades 9–12) to learn from God’s word, build relationships with one another, and connect to the local church. We seek to shepherd students through teaching, worship, and small group interaction in ...

  • Sunday School classes
  • Wednesday night gatherings
  • Activities, outreach, and special events

We aim to support and equip parents as they, by God’s grace, train their children’s hearts toward maturity in Jesus Christ. Through each facet of our ministry, we seek to point students to Jesus and an ever-increasing delight and maturity in him.  

LEARN MORE

Get Involved

GROUPS & CLASSES VOLUNTEER

College

Bethlehem’s college ministry, Campus Outreach Minneapolis, ministers to students at four local colleges and universities, and has a Sunday morning gathering at 10am at the Downtown Campus during the school year. Through evangelism and discipleship, we aim to reach students with the gospel so that they leave college as mature followers of Christ with a commitment to the Great Commission.

We have full-time Campus Outreach staff teams that minister to students on four metro-area campuses:

CONTACT STAFF MINISTERING ON THESE CAMPUSES

Learn more about Campus Outreach at Bethlehem.

Central Contact

Campus Outreach Minneapolis
Resource Staff Center & Financial Office
720 13th Ave South
Minneapolis, MN  55415

minneapolis@campusoutreach.org
downtown@campusoutreach.org
facebook.com/cominneapolis

Phone: 612-217-2661

 

Women

We desire to lead women to embrace the great assurance and hope of their identity in Jesus Christ and to claim and enjoy satisfaction in him. We treasure Christ together through prayer, study and application of the Word, fellowship, and serving one another. We are committed to raising up women who exemplify biblical womanhood to the glory of God. 

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Contacts

Downtown Campus  Lori Jaeger
Minister for Women's Ministry

Downtown Campus  Cynthia Francis
Administrative Assistant for Women's Ministry

Men

With the goal of helping our men treasure Jesus Christ above everything and grow together in him, we plan gatherings for men to be personally enriched and to strengthen the home, marriage, and family. Our guiding values are devotion to God, taking initiative, accepting responsibility, leading courageously, and adopting an eternal perspective.

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Groups & CLASSES VOLUNTEER

Contact

Downtown Campus  Ken Currie
Lead Pastor, Downtown

Downtown Campus  Stephanie Denzer
Lead Administrative Assistant, Downtown

Seniors

Our ministry to seniors is about coming together to celebrate the word of God, pray for one another, fellowship together, engage in the support missions, and finish well.

Connect for Prayer, a Visit, or Assistance

We’d love to hear from you if you have a prayer request, would like to talk, or wish to set up a visit. Let us know if you have any questions related to our senior adult ministry! To connect, contact Keith Anderson (612-751-1446).

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CLASSES & EVENTS VOLUNTEER

Contact

Downtown Campus North Campus South Campus  Keith Anderson
Ministerial Coordinator for Senior Adult Ministries

Meetups

Meetups help you connect with your Bethlehem neighbors. This summer, Meetups throughout the Twin Cities area will gather in a neighborhood near you. A Meetup is a simple shared meal in one of the homes of your Bethlehem neighbors. It's a chance to do as the church has always done—breaking bread in our homes and receiving our food with glad and generous hearts.

Learn more.

 

Worship & Music

We aim to employ a variety of musical forms and expressions from both the past and the present. For more on our vision, read our Philosophy of Worship and learn about What Unites Us in Worship.

Matthew Westerholm is Pastor for Worship & Music, Downtown, and oversees the following:

Worship Teams

Worship teams help lead our congregation in corporate worship and are composed of piano, keyboard, bass, drums, acoustic and electric guitars, strings, and vocalists. We also occasionally feature solo instruments, such as French Horn or flute. We look for team members who delight in the Lord, seek after humility in their musical talents, and encourage one another in brotherly love. If you are interested in serving with the Downtown Worship Worship Team, please read and complete the Downtown Music Ministry Application

Adult Choirs

The adult choir has the opportunity to sing in weekend services and for special events several times throughout the year. We welcome new choir members (ages 16 & above) at any time during the choir season. Learn more about joining the choir.

Youth Choirs

Youth choirs typically sing 2–5 times a year in worship services and for special events. During rehearsal times, children learn principles of biblical worship and the rudiments of music and singing.

Strings Ensemble

Small ensembles play 4-5 times throughout the year for special services. Players with at least a high school-level of playing ability are invited to audition. Contact Krista Shadduck for more information.

Contact

   Krista Shadduck (612-338-7653 x425)
Administrative Assistant for Worship & Music, Downtown

 

Neighborhood Outreach

Opportunities abound in our Downtown Campus context to reach out in our community. Opportunities include: 

Contact

 Downtown Campus  Mike Tong
Pastor for Neighborhood Outreach, Downtown

Downtown Campus  Nate Davidson (612-338-7653 x735)
Ministry Assistant for Neighborhood Outreach, Downtown

Downtown Campus  Gretchen Spencer (612-338-7653 x436)
Administrative Assistant for Neighborhood Outreach & Hispanic Ministry, Downtown

Disability & Special Needs

We support and encourage the inclusion of people with disabilities and special needs in the life and work of the church, including worship services, Sunday School for children & youth, and special events for families affected by disability. Read more about our vision for the Disability & Special Needs ministry.

  • Nursery Care/Sunday School Inclusion: One-on-one buddies for children and students with disabilities (register below)
  • His Strength Class: For students in Preschool–Grade 8; Sundays, 11am (September–May; register below)
  • Individual Guidance: Personal direction and counsel for assimilation into Bethlehem

ways to connect and find support 
opportunities to serve 

Registration

If your child needs a one-on-one aide in Nursery or Sunday School, it is helpful if you let us know you will be coming. Please fill out a Family Registration Form and a Student/Child Information Form. These forms are required for placement with a one-on-one aide. We ask that you plan to come to class with your child until an aide has been placed.

Contact

 Downtown Campus  Michelle Ryan (612-338-7653 x738)
Coordinator for Disability Ministry, Downtown

 

 

Featured Events

Downtown Campus Meetup

Downtown Campus Meetup

Aug 21, 2017 • 12:00am - Aug 26, 2017 12:00am

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Register for Women

Register for Women's Fall Bible Studies

Aug 26, 2017 • 5:30pm - Aug 27, 2017 1:00pm

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Campus Pastors & Leaders

Bud Burk

Bud Burk

Pastor for Children & Family Discipleship, Downtown

bud.burk@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x486

Bud Burk lived in Southern California until he came to Bethlehem in January 2008.

He was born into a believing family who worshiped at a Brethren Church in East Los Angeles. There was evidence of drawing grace in the early years of his life, but it was not until his late high school years that he learned the good and hard experience of conviction of sin along with the wondrous joy of being loved by God in Christ Jesus. Although it is difficult for Bud to pinpoint exactly when he was born again, one thing he knows for sure: “Today, by God’s grace, I trust in Jesus Christ and his work for me on the cross.”

In 1985, Bud received Bachelors in Christian Education from Biola University in La Mirada, California. After graduation, Bud went to work in his family’s steel fabrication business while becoming actively involved in ministry to children at Whittier Hills Baptist Church.

The 13 years that followed were formative years. The Lord gave Bud a passion for ministry to children and young families that became evident over time to the leadership of the church. His responsibilities there grew. He was eventually offered an internship, and later was called to serve as Pastor of Parent and Children’s Discipleship (1998-2007).

During those years, and now at Bethlehem, Bud has received great measures of God’s persevering grace upon him in Christ, enabling him to continue on the trajectory of learning ministry life among people. His primary longing is to see Jesus Christ’s face with joy and to help others long to see him too. This is especially so for parents and their children.

Bud and his wife Lisa have been married since 1987 and are quick to offer God thanksgiving for so many years of grace. They have two children, Tom and Charlotte.

Ken Currie

Ken Currie

Lead Pastor for Downtown & Strategic Implementation

ken.currie@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x486

Ken came to faith in Jesus Christ while a student at University of West Georgia. As a result, Ken has a passionate desire to see college students come to Christ, grow in a God-centered worldview, and labor in the lives of others. After graduation, Ken took a staff position with Campus Outreach in South Georgia for four years. Ken then began Campus Outreach in Greenville, South Carolina, where the Curries lived for 10 years (1994–2003).

In August 2003, Ken came to Bethlehem to direct the college ministry at Bethlehem through Campus Outreach Minneapolis.

In July 2011, the congregation approved the elders recommendation that Ken Currie also become Lead Pastor for Outreach, and so had the additional responsibility to oversee, shape, protect, and trumpet Bethlehem’s church-wide vision for outreach.

In January 2013, the congregation approved the elders recommendation that Ken hand over his Campus Outreach Minneapolis responsibilities to another and take up the role of Pastor for Strategic Implementation. He added Campus Pastor to his responsibilities in October 2016.

Ken’s wife, Theresa, also came to Christ as a student at University of West Georgia and shares his commitment to raise up students who love Jesus and are burdened for the world around them. Ken & Theresa have five children: Hannah, Taylor, Kenzie, Emily, and Austin.

Lori Jaeger

Lori Jaeger

Minister for Women, Downtown

lori.jaeger@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653-0800 x472

Lori was raised in Great Falls, Montana. She attended church with her family but was involved only at a superficial level; church was more about social activities with peers than a relationship with Jesus Christ. For a brief time, their church had an evangelical youth leader and she teetered on committing her life to Jesus, but when that pastor left the church, she did too.

Lori went on to receive a BS degree in Chemical Engineering, and worked in aerospace and manufacturing for 6 years. During these years, she drifted even farther from the Lord, believing that death was the end of existence. It wasn’t until a young man invited her to a Bible study that she began to think about God. It was there that she committed her life to the Christ (then married that wonderful man).

As Lori was home raising her two children, she was a volunteer youth leader, a discussion leader for Bible Study Fellowship (BSF), led many Bible studies for women at her church, and led women’s ministry for two years. Through all this, Lori’s faith has steadily grown and she is now more in love with Jesus than ever.

Lori has a passion for God’s word and for teaching women how to study and get to know the Savior more deeply through the Bible.  

Lori is married to Barry. They have two adult children, a son and daughter. They have been at Bethlehem about 6 years. Lori has been on staff, in women’s ministry, since February 2016.

Jason Meyer

Jason Meyer

Pastor for Preaching & Vision

jason.meyer@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x476

Jason is our Pastor for Preaching & Vision at Bethlehem. He is both a product of Bethlehem and clearly reflective of its “DNA” in his convictions and activities. He has a visible love for God, for his Word, and for shepherding people.

Jason also deeply loves his family. Jason has been married to his wife, Cara, since 1999 and they have four children. Their two girls are Gracie and Allie and their two boys are Jonathan and David. During the Spring semester of 2010, Jason taught at the Evangelical Theological College of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, while he and Cara completed the adoption of their two sons from Ethiopia.

Jason testifies that he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior when he was 12 years old, as he came to understand God’s gracious work of salvation. Throughout his high school and college years, the Lord progressively subdued Jason’s heart and affections, and claimed his heart as His throne. The watershed experience of Jason’s life occurred in his sophomore year of college, when God called him to ministry. Prior to this point, he had never even remotely desired to be in full-time ministry. After this point, ministry became the consuming desire of his heart. God has equipped Jason through the Holy Spirit, godly mentors, and college and seminary training for service in the kingdom as a herald of the gospel. Jason is driven by a supreme and overarching passion for God’s glory. Through the proclamation of the gospel of God in word and deed, he desires to see the worship of God spread to all the nations of the world.

This passion for God’s glory drove Jason to go deep and hard in studying the gospel he holds so dearly! Jason holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree awarded in 2007 and a Master of Divinity degree in 2002—both from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His Bachelor of Science degree was from Oklahoma Wesleyan in 1998. Notably, in terms of his Bethlehem “DNA,” he was a student (vocational elder training), apprentice, and teacher during the period from August 1999 to August 2001 at The Bethlehem Institute. While Jason loved the academic realm, he always found himself leaning toward the church at every step of the way.

God met that desire and gave Jason the opportunity to put his rigorous education into practice in many different contexts for the sake of the church.  He has served as Bethlehem College and Seminary's Associate Professor of New Testament. Prior to that, he served as Interim Pastor at the Parkway Baptist Church of Natchez, Mississippi. In this capacity, he preached Sunday morning and Sunday night sermons. Before that, he provided Pulpit Supply and Teaching for the Louisiana Baptist Convention and served as the preacher and Dean of Chapel at Louisiana College. From 2002 to 2006 he was Pastor of the Orville Baptist Church of Pleasureville, Kentucky, and during the summer of 2001 he taught at the Cameroon Baptist Theological Seminary in Africa.

Bryan Pickering

Bryan Pickering

Pastor for Care & Counseling, Downtown

bryan.pickering@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x750

 

Bryan and Debby were married in 1996. They grew up in Richmond, Virginia. They have seven children: David (2005), Olivia (2007), Theia Joy (2008), Elsa (2010), Ana Hope (now with the Lord), Ileana (2013), Isaiah (2015). In 2005, they became members of Bethlehem and have lived in the Phillips neighborhood in Minneapolis since 2005. Bryan enjoys being with Debby and his kids, talking to people—walking with them through the good, the hard, and the bad of life—personal ministry, training and equipping others for counseling, discipleship, reading, teaching, music, fishing, football, and exploring the Twin Cities with family and friends.

Bryan has an undergraduate degree in Biblical Studies and the History of Ideas from Southeastern College in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He has earned Levels One, Two, and Three certificates from the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF), and holds a master’s degree in Biblical Counseling from Northland International University in Dunbar, Wisconsin. During 2008–2013, he served as a non-vocational elder at the Downtown Campus of Bethlehem Baptist Church. Bryan is the former Director of Redemption: Twin Cities (a biblical counseling ministry of Bethlehem Urban Initiatives), where he served from June 2014 to April 2017.

Testimony

Through the means of reading the Bible and while attending a church in 1995, I learned that God had enacted a divine rescue plan for sinners like me. By God’s grace, I discovered that although I was without any hope of saving myself—I was dead in his trespasses and sins—God sent his own Son to take on human flesh; to live a perfect life of active obedience; to die a substitutionary, atoning death on the cross on my behalf; and then to rise triumphantly out of the grave.

Jesus took the wrath that I deserved. He took his sin on himself, though he himself never sinned. God gave me eyes to see that Jesus alone is my righteousness. And God gave me a new heart to believe in and trust his gracious provision of Jesus: the Spotless, Perfect, Lamb of God. He caused me to be born again. Though I am weak, frail, and still sin, the Lord is at work in me to fulfill his promise to complete the work he began—to conform me fully into the image of Jesus. I rejoice in the reality that Jesus is mine—and I am his—forever.

 

Adam Pohlman

Adam Pohlman

Church Planting Resident

adam.pohlman@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653

Adam Pohlman called southern Minnesota home for 31 years before moving his wife, Molly, and children to Minneapolis in 2013 to attend Bethlehem College & Seminary to train for pastoral ministry. Though he had grown up hearing the stories of the Bible, it was while he attended engineering school in Mankato, Minnesota, that the gospel of Jesus Christ transformed his heart and gave him a passion for serving the church. Adam lived in Rochester, Minnesota, for seven years working as a civil engineer prior to enrolling in seminary.

During his time at Bethlehem, Adam became involved in the Treasuring Christ Together church planting network, striving to discern God’s call on his life for ministry. Through the encouragement of other church planters and close family and friends, he is now working to return to Rochester to plant a new church in that growing, strategic city. Adam is currently the Downtown Campus Church Planting Resident and is gaining valuable training and coaching for the church planting task.

Adam and his wife, Molly, have four children: Grace (2008), Daisy (2012), Titus (2012), and Olivia (2013).

Richie Stark

Richie Stark

Pastoral Resident for Youth & Family Discipleship

richie.stark@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x498

Richie was adopted out of the foster care system by the Stark family at the age of 6. Shortly after his adoption, Richie learned of his sin, the penalty of his sin and called on Jesus Christ to save him.

Growing up in the Madison, Wisconsin, area, Richie developed a love for athletics. In high school he lettered in three sports: track and field, basketball, and men’s volleyball. His still loves athletics, especially golf, but at the age of 21 he felt the call to ministry and applied to Moody Bible Institute to be trained in youth ministry.

It was at Moody where Richie gained a deep passion for the Glory of Christ to be exalted among the nations. He realized the importance of solid hermeneutics and biblical exegesis and how that discipline made him grow in his affections for Christ. After graduation in 2001 Richie has worked with students as a youth pastor, teacher, athletic director and coach. In May 2016 Richie graduated from Covenant Theological Seminary with an M.A. in Biblical Exegesis.

Richie is married to Nicki and they have three children, Teo, Eliano, and Anissa.

Mike Tong

Mike Tong

Pastor for Neighborhood Outreach, Downtown

mike.tong@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x451

Mike Tong was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Taiwanese parents in 1979. At the age of 5, the Lord opened Mike's eyes to his need for a Savior—a Savior that he loves greatly, Jesus Christ. At the age of 11, Mike heard the Lord's calling to full-time ministry.  

After growing up in Southern California, that calling brought Mike to complete his BA in International Ministries and Applied Linguistics at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Before being called by the elder board to serve on the staff, Mike had been a lay member of Bethlehem for four years while working at Desiring God. During that time, the Lord gave Mike a deep desire to see the body of Bethlehem come together and love one another.

Mike is married to Catherine and has three kids, Christian, Juliana, & Pearl. Catherine works part time as an art teacher at Hope Academy.

Jared Wass

Jared Wass

Pastor for Small Groups, Downtown

jared.wass@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x440

Jared grew up in a Christian home in Denver, Iowa. He came to faith in Christ through a sermon at church around the age of 10.

In 1996, after six years of flickering faith during high school and the first part of college, God brought revival to Jared through a campus ministry. Through the next years of college, he was established in his faith and equipped to share the gospel and personally disciple others through The Navigators.

After college, Jared spent two years teaching middle school Social Studies and coaching high school basketball. In 2003, he joined the staff of The Navigators and worked in college ministry for five years, spending time at Iowa State University and at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. During this time he met and married his wife, Amy.

In 2008, Jared joined Bethlehem’s Campus Outreach Minneapolis as Mobilization Director and became a member of the church. In 2015, Jared transitioned out of his role in Campus Outreach to become Pastor of Small Groups, Downtown. Jared & Amy have three boys: Josiah, Owen, and Micah.

Matthew Westerholm

Matthew Westerholm

Pastor for Worship & Music, Downtown

matthew.westerholm@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x426

Matthew’s father is a pastor, and Matthew was raised in a Christian home. He testifies that his mother explained the gospel when he was 5 years old, and by faith, he responded. His understanding of the gospel increased as he grew.

Matthew received his BA (Music/Church Music) from Trinity International University, and his MA (Systematic Theology) from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and his PhD (Christian Worship) from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His 2016 dissertation explored the intersection of evangelical eschatology and congregational singing.

Matthew serves as Pastor for Worship and Music, Downtown at Bethlehem and Assistant Professor of Worship and Music at Bethlehem College and Seminary. These roles involve overseeing the worship ministry for the church’s historic Downtown Campus and teaching in the seminary’s worship pastor track.  Before moving to Minneapolis, he served at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, as Dean of the Chapel and Director of Worship Arts (2008-2013) and as a worship pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows, Illinois (1998–2008).

Matthew has written many songs for congregational worship. His song, “The First Place,” has been published in several collections, including the 2013 RCA/CRC hymnal, Lift Up Your Hearts: Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs. Other songs have appeared in Worship Leader Magazine’s SongSelect and on the album, “Live Worship from Vertical Church” for Provident Records.

With Dr. Joel Beeke, Matthew has co-written a chapter on the Lord’s Supper for A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life (Grand Rapids: RHB, 2012). He has published in the Puritan Reformed Journal and Themelios. He has contributed articles for Desiring GOD, The Gospel Coalition, and Doxology and Theology. He has presented workshops on worship for the StraightUp Conference, Calvin’s Institute of Christian Worship symposium, the Desiring God Pastor’s Conference, the Canvas Conference, and the Doxology and Theology conference.

John Piper has said, “People are starving for the greatness of God.” Matthew’s passion is to champion the glory of God and help people encounter that glory in a week-to-week, moment-to-moment way by ensuring that when the corporate body gathers together, the greatness of God is seen and savored.

Matthew loves classic and modern jazz, comic books, and Chicago sports.  While he feels comfortable behind a piano, he only feels at home with his wife Lisa and their three boys: Ethan John (2002), Owen Samuel (2004), and Levi Daniel (2007).

  • Elders
    Keith Anderson

    Keith Anderson

    Elder; Ministerial Coordinator for Senior Adult Ministries

    keith.anderson@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x715

    In addition to being a non-vocational elder, Keith serves on Bethlehem’s staff with our ministry to senior adults.

    God used Christian parents and grandparents to move Keith, at an early age, to accept Jesus Christ as his Savior. Keith was raised at Bethlehem; was baptized here; met and married his wife, Mary, and dedicated their three children here; and gave two daughters away in marriage here. They currently have nine grandchildren. Bethlehem Baptist is Keith & Mary’s church home and God has richly blessed them here. Keith and Mary live in Robbinsdale. Keith also serves as Ministerial Coordinator for Senior Adults, focusing on pastoral care and shepherding of the senior members at Bethlehem.

    Bud Burk

    Bud Burk

    Elder; Pastor for Children & Family Discipleship, Downtown

    bud.burk@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x486

    Bud Burk lived in Southern California until he came to Bethlehem in January 2008.

    He was born into a believing family who faithfully attended a Brethren Church in East Los Angeles. There was evidence of grace in the early years of his life, but it was not until his late high school years that he experienced deep conviction of sin, a renewed interest in spiritual things, a heart for missions work, and compassion for the suffering Church. Although it is difficult for Bud to pinpoint exactly when he was born again, one thing he knows for sure: “Today, by God’s grace, I trust in Jesus and his work for me on the cross.”

    In 1985, Bud received Bachelors in Christian Education from Biola University in La Mirada, California. After graduation, Bud went to work in his family’s steel fabrication business while becoming actively involved in ministry to children at Whittier Hills Baptist Church.

    The 13 years that followed were formative years. The Lord gave Bud a passion for ministry to children and families that became evident over time to the leadership of the church. His responsibilities at the church grew. He was eventually offered an internship, and later was called to serve at Whittier as Pastor of Parent and Children’s Discipleship (1998-2007).

    During those, and now at Bethlehem, Bud has proved himself as an effective, deeply loved pastor with an unmistakable call and proven gifts in ministry to children and to the parents and adults who are investing in their lives. He has the heart of a shepherd, a love for truth, a faithful devotion to his wife and children, and an ability to get things done. Most important, he has an obvious love for Christ that overflows in blessing to others.

    Bud and his wife, Lisa, have been happily married since 1987. They have two children, Tom and Charlotte.

    Ken Currie

    Ken Currie

    Elder; Lead Pastor for Downtown & Strategic Implementation

    ken.currie@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x486

    Ken came to faith in Jesus Christ while a student at University of West Georgia. As a result, Ken has a passionate desire to see college students come to Christ, grow in a God-centered worldview, and labor in the lives of others. After graduation, Ken took a staff position with Campus Outreach in South Georgia for four years. Ken then began Campus Outreach in Greenville, South Carolina, where the Curries lived for 10 years (1994–2003).

    In August 2003, Ken came to Bethlehem to direct the college ministry at Bethlehem through Campus Outreach Minneapolis.

    In July 2011, the congregation approved the elders recommendation that Ken Currie also become Lead Pastor for Outreach, and so had the additional responsibility to oversee, shape, protect, and trumpet Bethlehem’s church-wide vision for outreach.

    In January 2013, the congregation approved the elders recommendation that Ken hand over his Campus Outreach Minneapolis responsibilities to another and take up the role of Pastor for Strategic Implementation.

    Ken’s wife, Theresa, also came to Christ as a student at University of West Georgia and shares his commitment to raise up students who love Jesus and are burdened for the world around them. Ken & Theresa have five children: Hannah, Taylor, Kenzie, Emily, and Austin.

    The Lord Jesus Christ caused Don Hoffert to be born again at age 15 during a school evangelistic event. He graduated from North Dakota State University in 1977, married Cynthia, and was blessed with a 30-year marketplace career.

    The Lord led the Hofferts to Bethlehem in 2007 and they became members in 2009. Don leads an Employment Transitions group, Business As Missions, and shepherd groups at Bethlehem.

    He also serves as Area Director to develop Christian Business Leaders Peer Forums, consisting of “business owners and professionals lit up by Christ, glorifying God in their life, business, and extended marketplace.”

    Expository teaching, involvement with unreached people groups in Kenya, and the books Don’t Waste Your Life (by John Piper) and Heaven (by Randy Alcorn) have all had a major impact in his life. His life verses are Romans 12:1–2: “Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.”

    Don & Cynthia live in Plymouth, Minnesota, and are blessed with two believing children and spouses, and six grandchildren as of 2017.

    God gave James the undeserved gift of a Christian home. His dad and mom taught him the Bible, prayed with him, and modeled lives of obedience to God. Around the age of six, the Spirit convicted James of his spiritual neediness and James cried out to Jesus to save him. Throughout James’s childhood and adolescence, he tried to follow and obey God, but always felt a sense of guilt over not doing enough to please him. Through the ministry of Campus Outreach at Northwestern College, James was introduced to the amazing reality that God’s disposition toward him was that of a loving father, because of what Christ had done, not because of what James could do for God.

    James and his wife Betsy have two children and have called Bethlehem their home church for the since 2006. They first attended the North Campus for five years, and they have now attended the Downtown Campus. James & Betsy have served as small group leaders since 2012 and have enjoyed watching God build up his church through the word, prayer, and living life together. James desires to see Bethlehem continue to be a place that proclaims the truth of Christ through the teaching of God’s word, through dependence on God in prayer, and through caring relationships that point one another to our Greatest Joy.

    Growing up in a Christian home, Tom came to know Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior while attending Vacation Bible School at age 8. He graduated from Taylor University in 1985, married Heather, and moved back to the Twin Cities to begin his career. The Lord led the Lutz family to Bethlehem in the late 1990s, and they became members shortly thereafter. Tom served as an elder. In September 2006, a brief job transfer brought Tom and his family to Michigan. Upon their return to Minnesota in 2008, Tom & Heather renewed their membership at Bethlehem. Tom has been involved in leading a small group in his home and in teaching Jr High Sunday School. He also enjoys meeting regularly with a group of men for accountability, encouragement, and studying God’s Word. Several books have made a great impact on him, including Faith in Future Grace (John Piper) and Money, Possessions & Eternity (Randy Alcorn), as has the teaching and preaching from both Romans and Hebrews.

    Todd Rasmuson

    Todd Rasmuson

    Elder; Pastor for Global Outreach

    todd.rasmuson@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x431

    Serving as part of Bethlehem has been Todd’s joy since 1986. He loves Jesus and desires to serve as an elder in the strength that God provides, so in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ (1 Peter 4:11). God drew Todd to faith when he was 8 years old when his sister told him about Jesus. A pastor discipled him in graduate school, and Todd’s studies centered on communicating to the glory of God.

    Todd taught Communication at Bethel University for five years, and then God dramatically pointed his life to missions. Todd and his wife, Tamara, were Bethlehem global partners who served for eight years with Mission: Moving Mountains (M:MM) in Tanzania. In 2002, Todd accepted the role as president of M:MM. From 2006–2011, he served as Executive Director of Daystar U.S., serving to advance Daystar University in Kenya.

    Todd & Tamara were formerly the Co-Coordinators of Bethlehem's Global Diaconate, and Todd has served as a Bethlehem elder. Todd was named Interim Director for Global Outreach and at the July 29, 2012, All-Church Quarterly Strategy Meeting, Todd was affirmed, by a congregational vote, as Minister for Global Outreach.

    Todd & Tamara and their sons, Jacob and Daniel, live in the Phillips Neighborhood of South Minneapolis.

    Tom Steller

    Tom Steller

    Elder; Pastor for Leadership Development; Dean of Global & Alumni Outreach, BCS

    tom.steller@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x403

    Tom was born in Excelsior, Minnesota. He grew up Roman Catholic. When he was 16, he committed his life to Christ. After he graduated from Bethel College with a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies, he pursued further training at Bethel Seminary (St. Paul) and Fuller Seminary (Pasadena, California). He graduated from Fuller with an M.Div. In 1980–82 he worked part time with college students at Bethlehem, taught Greek at Bethel College, and finished his seminary studies at Bethel Seminary. In 1982, Tom was ordained and came on Bethlehem’s staff full time as Pastor for Students and Adult Education. In 1984, his position was changed to Pastor for Students and Missions.

    In 1989, his position was changed once again to Pastor for Missions and Leadership Development. In 1990–91 Tom and his family served at the Cameroon Baptist Theological Seminary. After returning to Bethlehem, Tom resumed his position until 1996, when he was asked to devote some of his time to developing and serving in the position of Executive Pastor. In 1997, after Bethlehem called its first full-time Executive Pastor, Tom was given a study leave for work at the Billy Graham Center in Wheaton, Illinois, where he designed The Bethlehem Institute for Bible, Theology, and Missions. In 1998, Tom returned to Bethlehem and implemented the vision for TBI. Upon the arrival of Bethlehem’s first full-time Foreign Missions Pastor in Spring 2002, Tom’s pastoral heart and missions passion began being expressed as Pastor for Leadership Development and Dean of The Bethlehem Institute. In 2009, TBI became Bethlehem College and Seminary, where Tom is now serving, while continuing his pastoral duties with the church.

    Tom and his wife, Julie, are the happy parents of Hannah, Ruth, Katie, Nate, CJ, and Emma. He and Julie are now glad to be grandparents as well. The Stellers live in the Elliot Park Neighborhood, just a few-minutes walk from the church.

    Kenny Stokes

    Kenny Stokes

    Elder; Pastor for Church Planting

    kenny.stokes@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x435

    Kenny was born and raised in Minneapolis. He came to know the saving grace of God in Christ during the summer of 1973 while at a Bible camp. After high school graduation, he enrolled at Bethel College. At Bethel, he met his wife, Kathy, and they were married in December 1979. He graduated with a double major in Psychology and Biblical/Theological Studies in 1981.

    One year after graduating from college, he entered Bethel Seminary. Led by the Lord to grow in the area of pastoral counseling/pastoral care, he increasingly focused on that area in his studies and is thankful to the Lord for the internship experience God gave him at Bethlehem. As an Apprentice in Bethlehem’s program for seminary students, his internship was focused on pastoral care, pastoral counseling, pre-marital counseling, and marriage and family ministries. During seminary, he was selected to receive the Gordon Johnson Scholarship for Expository Preaching (which he declined). He graduated from Bethel Seminary with an M.Div. degree in 1988.

    In August 1988, the Lord called Kenny to Oak Hill Baptist Church in Humboldt, Iowa. After 10 years preaching and pastoring there, the Lord then called Kenny back to Bethlehem as Pastor for Urban Ministries in September 1998. In March 2003, in response to the elder’s growing sense the God was calling Bethlehem to develop an intentional church planting strategy, Kenny was appointed the Pastor for Church Planting and Strategic Mobilization. In July 2005, Kenny became Lead Pastor for Spreading, overseeing the outreach ministry departments at Bethlehem, a role that is now filled by Ken Currie (as Lead Pastor for Outreach). In July 2011, the congregation approved the elder recommendation that Kenny Stokes become Lead Pastor, Downtown.

    As Lead Pastor for the Downtown Campus, Kenny works to mobilize the pastors and elders of his campus to provide care for the campus congregation as well as to see that the Word is faithfully taught and preached. He also coordinates collaborative pastoral leadership on his campus in the ministry areas of worship, nurture, and outreach. Kenny continues to provide pastoral leadership and oversight of our Treasuring Christ Together (TCT) church planting efforts.

    Since 1979, Kenny & Kathy have been happily sustained by grace in their marriage and are the parents of four wonderful children. Kenny enjoys playing the guitar and lap swimming.

    Brian Tabb

    Brian Tabb

    Elder, Academic Dean, Bethlehem College & Seminary

    brian.tabb@bethlehem.church

    God irresistibly called Brian at a young age to respond in faith to the gospel of Jesus Christ through the witness of his parents, and he was baptized at First Baptist Church in Norman, Oklahoma. During Brian's studies at Wheaton College, he fell in love with God’s word and expository preaching, and he sensed a strong calling to study and teach the Word. Brian and Kristin married in 2005 and moved to Minnesota for further training at The Bethlehem Institute (TBI Track 2). God has blessed the Tabbs with three children: JJ (2009), Julia (2011), and Judson (2014). Since 2009, Brian has served as Academic Dean and Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Bethlehem College & Seminary.

    Brian & Kristin have been members at Bethlehem’s Downtown Campus for 10 years and have served in various ministries, including small group membership and leadership, Jr & Sr High ministry, outreach, short-term ministry trips, nursery and children’s ministry, teaching TBI courses, and hosting Roseville Meetup gatherings. The Tabbs also served together on the Downtown Campus Global Outreach Committee. With God’s help, Brian serves as an elder to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ at Bethlehem (Ephesians 4:13).

    Rod was born in Los Angeles but did most of his growing up in the Minneapolis area. In the mid 1970s, he responded to the call of Christ while on a date by praying for forgiveness of his sins and submitting to the Lord. He later married the woman he was dating, Martha, and they currently have 7 children and 5 grandchildren.  

    Since coming to Bethlehem in 1989, they have been involved in leading a small group, teaching Sunday School classes, teaching at Wednesday Connection (Martha), and serving on the Elder Council (Rod). Rod works as a mechanical designer and lives in St. Louis Park. His passion is to promote a vibrant community of mature followers of Jesus at Bethlehem.

    Paul and his wife, Pattie, have attended Bethlehem since the spring of 1998. They have two believing daughters who each have four children; one daughter lives in Minnetonka and one in Bloomington. Paul accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior at Northern Pines Family Camp in August 1976 and, thereafter, spent six years in Bible Study Fellowship. From 1978 to 1988 Paul & Pattie were members of Grace Church Edina.

    From 1988 to 1997 they lived in the Chicago area where Paul was an elder at Winnetka Bible Church. Paul worked in the Information Technology department of Park Nicollet and is now retired. He serves as the leader of a small group in the west metro and in one-on-one discipleship.

    Paul & Pattie have served on the prayer team, and Paul has served as a head usher and Pattie has been active in women’s ministries. Paul & Pattie love the uncompromising truth from Scripture that is preached at Bethlehem every week and the passion for Jesus Christ that is evident among the believers.

  • Deacons

    Jeff Noyed, Deacon

    Perry Ryan, Deacon

    Bob Sarna, Deacon

    Nathan Warriner, Deacon

    Renee Warriner, Deacon

  • Support Staff

    Erika Booth, Assistant Coordinator for Childcare, Downtown

    erika.booth@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x704

    Priscilla Brinkmann, Coordinator for Kitchen, Downtown

    priscilla.brinkmann@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x119

    Ethan Bruneau, Coordinator for Media Ministries, Downtown

    ethan.bruneau@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x423

    Lisa Burk, Lead Coordinator for Nurseries, Downtown

    lisa.burk@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x495

    Patrick Claytor, Ministry Assistant for Middle School Discipleship, Downtown

    patrick.claytor@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x490

    Krista Coronado, Assistant Coordinator for Childcare, Downtown

    krista.coronado@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x718

    Nate Davidson, Ministry Assistant for Neighborhood Outreach, Downtown

    nate.davidson@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x735

    Stephanie Denzer, Lead Administrative Assistant for Downtown & Care

    stephanie.denzer@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x437

    Daniel Evertson, Coordinator for Facilities, Downtown

    daniel.evertson@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x102

    Cynthia Francis, Ministry Assistant for Counseling, North; Administrative Assistant for Women’s Ministry, Downtown

    cynthia.francis@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x492

    Emily Howe, Ministry Assistant for Sr High Discipleship, Downtown

    emily.howe@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x481

    Amy Johnson, Administrative Assistant for Children & Family Discipleship, Downtown

    amy.johnson@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x496

    Jenny Klem, Receptionist, Downtown

    jenny.klem@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653

    Beth Lundstrom, Administrative Assistant for Adult Discipleship, Downtown

    beth.lundstrom@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x493

    Rob Meysembourg, Coordinator for Facility Infrastructure

    rob.meysembourg@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x103

    Connie Oman, Ministry Assistant for Training & Classroom Support, Downtown

    connie.oman@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x485

    Kari Raia, Assistant Coordinator for Childcare, Downtown

    kari.raia@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x706

    Michelle Ryan, Coordinator for Disability Ministry, Downtown

    michelle.ryan@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x738

    Luke Salik, Ministry Assistant for Worship & Music, Downtown

    luke.salik@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x427

    Krista Shadduck, Administrative Assistant for Worship & Music, Downtown

    krista.shadduck@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x425

    Daniel Simmons, Ministry Assistant for Sr High Worship, Downtown

    daniel.simmons@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653

    Katie Snow, Assistant Coordinator for Childcare, Downtown

    katie.snow@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653

    Gretchen Spencer, Administrative Assistant for Neighborhood Outreach & Hispanic Ministry, Downtown

    gretchen.spencer@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x436

    Jenna Thomsen, Administrative Assistant for Youth & Family Discipleship, Downtown

    jenna.thomsen@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x497

    Renee Warriner, Receptionist, Downtown

    renee.warriner@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653

Downtown Campus

720 13th Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55415
Saturdays, 5:30pm | Sundays, 9 & 11am

North Campus

5151 Program Ave, Mounds View, Minnesota, 55112
Sundays, 9am & 11am

South Campus

21135 Jacquard Ave, Lakeville, Minnesota, 55044
Sundays, 10am (May 28–Sept 3)