South Campus

Sundays, 10:30am

Directions

Address

21135 Jacquard Ave
Lakeville, Minnesota 55044
Office Hours (501 Highway 13E, Ste 110, Burnsville, MN 55337) Tue–Thur, 9am-4pm; Fri, 9am–Noon

Contact


Phone: 612-746-2650

Welcome

Bethlehems South Campus, our newest congregation, meets in the auditorium at Lakeville South High School. Feel free to come early, before the worship service, or linger afterward in our Commons area. We would love to meet you!

 

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

What to Expect

We are eager for you to join us for a worship service! Our services are are a blend of contemporary and traditional. A typical service includes worship music, prayer, communion (usually on the first weekend of the month), and preaching from the Bible. We gather for worship at 10am during the summer; after Labor Day weekend, services will be held at 10:30am, beginning September 10, 2017. 

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. Be sure to enjoy some fresh roasted coffee and pastries, served in the Commons. All are invited to linger and connect! 

  • Information about our church is available at the Welcome Desk in the Commons. 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 for all ages meet at 9am during the school year. 
  • Russian speakers are invited hear a translation of the weekly sermon. Headsets are available at the Welcome Desk. Contact: Nadia Afanasyeva (651-336-0361)
  • Preview this weekend’s Orders of Worship.
  • Preview a map of our worship location, Lakeville South High School.

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.

LEARN MORE VOLUNTEER

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 (September–May)
  • Disability & Special Needs Ministry
  • Parenting resources & support
  • Volunteer opportunities

In Sunday School classes at 9am, 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.

LEARN MORE

Get Involved

GROUPS & CLASSES VOLUNTEER

Jr High

Through times of teaching and fellowship, we seek to lead Jr High students (Grades 7–8) 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.  

LEARN MORE

Get Involved

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. 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
facebook.com/cominneapolis
south@campusoutreach.org

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 seek 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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Special Events

South Women’s Retreat
Saturday, October 21, 9am–3:30pm
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Contact

South Campus  Ruth Chavis
Director for Women's Ministry

South Campus  Stacy Thorpe
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.

Get Involved

GROUPS & CLASSES VOLUNTEER

Contact

South Campus Aaron Davitch
Pastor

 

Seniors

Do you ...

  • have a prayer request?
  • need to talk?
  • want someone to visit you?
  • have any questions related to our senior adult ministry?

E-mail us or call Keith Anderson, Ministerial Coordinator for Senior Adult Ministries, at 612-751-1446.

South Sunday School Class

Cross Walking 101: This class is open to adults of all ages who seek joy-filled gospel living in the power Jesus supplies.

Sundays, 11am, 
South Site, Room A104
Tim Schroeder, 952-469-5297

Mosaic: Adults of all ages gather for fellowship and a study to generate discussion that leads to spiritual growth. 

Sundays, 11 am,
South Site, Room A105
Aaron Davitch

All Church Activities

Sojourners Luncheons

Sojourners is a lunchtime gathering for anyone 55+. We meet on the 3rdThursday of each month (Noon-2:00pm) at our Downtown Campus. Come for a delicious luncheon, followed by a program. Meal cost is $5. (RSVP to 612-333-1194 by Monday at Noon.)

Seniors Small Group

Join a Small Group focused on passing our Christian legacy to our grandchildren.

Short Term Ministry Opportunities

Consider using your expertise and resources for God's work around the world. Here are some ways you could invest in ministry work in another country:

  • Offer maintenance help at a school or hospital
  • Create a business plan for a hospital
  • Write statement of purpose for a guest house
  • Serve as guest-house parents
  • Run a guest house
  • Go overseas as a school teacher
  • Input data for a ministry or business
  • Provide administrative/business support
  • Begin a tentmaking business
  • Provide computer support for missionaries
  • Run linguistic surveys
  • Run a 10-day tour of UAE to whet the interest of other Finishers
  • Go to Oman during Monsoon rain (vacation period for Emirates)
  • Serve as pulpit replacement
  • Coordinate Children's Backyard Bible studies
  • Lead a Vacation Bible Schools in a slum
  • Run seminars for professionals
  • Minister to students on a campus
  • Teach English at Santisuk School in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Recruit help for Santisuk School
  • Visit coffee houses to make friends & share Christ with people in other countries
  • Distribute literature on street corners or in shopping malls
  • Prayer walk

Contact us for more details on any of these activities-or about an idea of your own.

Contact

Downtown CampusNorth CampusSouth Campus  Keith Anderson
Ministerial Coordinator for Senior Adult Ministries

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.

Chuck Steddom is Lead Pastor, South, and also the pastor for Worship & Music at the South Campus. He oversees the following:

Worship Teams

Worship teams help lead our congregation in corporate worship. The ensemble may include vocals, piano, keyboard, B-3 organ, bass, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, drums, and auxiliary percussion. We look for team members who delight in the Lord, seek after humility in their musical talents, and encourage one another in brotherly love. 

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. 

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.

Instruments and Orchestras

Our instrumental ministry ranges from small ensembles to full orchestra. Brass, string, woodwind, and percussion players with at least a high school-level of playing ability are invited to participate.

Serve With Worship & Music

If you are interested in serving with the South Worship & Music ministry, please read and complete the South Music Ministry Application (LINK to come?). Once we receive your application, one of our staff members will contact you directly. If you have any questions about our Worship & Music ministries, please contact the Lead Administrative Assistant, South:

 South Campus  Ruth Chavis (612-746-2650 x654)

Neighborhood Outreach

Opportunities abound to reach out in our South Campus communities through cross-cultural relationships and practical mercy ministries. Opportunities include: 

Cross-Cultural Ministries

ESL Classes

The South Campus offers ESL classes during the school year to give practical help with the English language and to share the love of Christ. Learn more.

Contact

South Campus  Ruth Chavis
Lead Administrative Assistant, South

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)
  • 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 buddy 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 buddy. We ask that you plan to come to class with your child until an aide has been placed.

Contact

South Campus  Krissy Porath (612-746-2650 x675)
Coordinator for Children & Family Discipleship, South
 

Featured Events

South Campus Groundbreaking Ceremony

South Campus Groundbreaking Ceremony

Sept 24, 2017 • 3:00pm - 3:30pm

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Quarterly Missions Fellowship

Quarterly Missions Fellowship

Sept 30, 2017 • 9:00am - 12:00pm

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Campus Pastors & Leaders

Ruth Chavis

Ruth Chavis

Director for Women, South

ruth.chavis@bethlehem.church | 612-746-2650 x654

Ruth was born and raised in Faribault, Minnesota. She attended the Roman Catholic Church with her family, loved singing hymns, and went to parochial school. Although she believed in God and that Jesus died on a cross for sin, it wasn’t until 1994 that God drew her to Himself in a personal way through life circumstances and the truths of His sovereign, saving grace when she started to attend Bible Study Fellowship (BSF).

God has given Ruth a passion for His word and a heart to serve Him in a variety of ways in the churches she had attended coordinating women's retreats, leading women's Bible studies, coordinating kitchen ministry, and teaching children's Sunday school classes. Ruth served as a Children’s Leader in BSF for 12 years and as an Assistant Children’s Supervisor for 2 years.

Ruth and her husband, Bill, started to attend Bethlehem South Campus in 2008 and became members in 2009. She served as teacher and team leader in preschool for 5 years, serves on the Welcome Team, leads a small group with her husband, and has led Bible studies, served as a MOMS table leader, and is a Titus 2 Mentor in Women’s Ministry.

Ruth has been on staff at the South Campus since July 2011 as a ministry assistant for Family Discipleship then for Women’s Ministry, as a Lead Administrative Assistant, and currently as Director for Women, South. Serving the South Campus staff and body has been one of her life’s greatest joys.

Prior to working at Bethlehem, Ruth was the Office Manager at a day program for adults with disabilities for 30 years.

Ruth and Bill and have four adult sons: Ryan (and Renea), Chad, Joe, Jeremy (and Krista), and nine grandchildren.

Aaron Davitch

Aaron Davitch

Pastor for Small Groups and Children & Family Discipleship, South

aaron.davitch@bethlehem.church | 612-746-2650 x653

Aaron grew up in South Minneapolis, until moving to Minnetonka in 6th grade. He attended Gustavus Adolphus College, where in his sophomore year the Lord used a men’s Bible study to draw Aaron to Himself. After graduating from Gustavus in 1997 with an Elementary Education degree, Aaron went on to teach Bible and serve as Director of Spiritual Life at King’s Christian Academy in South Minneapolis.

Aaron started attending Bethlehem in 1998 (right at the beginning of Romans!), where he came to a clearer understanding of the gospel and developed an appreciation for sound doctrine. He attended Bethel Seminary from 2004 to 2006, and then moved to West Palm Beach, Florida, to teach Bible Doctrine and Apologetics at a Christian high school. In Fall 2010, Aaron was hired as Director of Adult Ministries and Child and Youth Discipleship at the South Campus.

Aaron is married to Jessica, and they have four daughters: Natalie, Meg, Kalia, and Paige.

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.

Chuck Steddom

Chuck Steddom

Lead Pastor, South

chuck.steddom@bethlehem.church | 612-746-2650 x652

Raised in Iowa in a Christian home, Chuck accepted Christ at the age of 8. Music was his focus early on and he graduated from Wheaton College in 1982 with a B.A. in Music Education/Voice. He married Carol that same year. He later received a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from St. Cloud State (1990). He was a Minister of Youth and Music in Iowa where he also taught Physical Education at a Catholic school for two years. God called the Steddoms to Monticello, Minnesota, in 1984 where Chuck served as Minister of Music and Christian Education at Riverside Alliance (formerly Monticello Alliance). In 1990, they were called to Prairie Bible Institute, where Chuck would teach and later chair the music department and then become the Associate Dean of the college.

Chuck’s authentic leadership flows out of his music-filled heart as he leads the South pastoral team, sings, teaches, pastors, and encourages us to be more and more open to the filling of the Spirit in heartfelt worship of God who alone is worthy of it. His desire is to win unbelievers, to strengthen, encourage, and fire the faith of believers, and to support the hands of those who serve through music and the Word. His wife, Carol, is the principal accompanist at Bethlehem’s South Campus. The Steddoms have four children: Daniel, Allison, Kiandra, and Alexander, who is now with the Lord.

Daniel Viezbicke

Daniel Viezbicke

Pastor for Youth & Family Discipleship, South

daniel.viezbicke@bethlehem.church | 612-746-2650 x673

I was born in northern Michigan into a military family, and spent several years moving around the country before settling in Cincinnati at the age of six. I grew up in the Catholic church, although later in my childhood years we attended a Episcopalian church. Early in my preteen years, God saved my mother. At this time, my father, who had made a profession when he was younger, began to live more in accord with that profession. Together they realized that their children were apart from Christ, and they began to faithfully evangelize us. In the midst of these years, our family was going through very difficult circumstances, and (unbeknownst to me) God was using it to press me toward him. 

At age 15, God opened my eyes to the glories of Christ through the faithful witness of my parents and (specifically) the preaching ministry of an Australian youth pastor at a Christian music festival. About 10 months later, we started attending a independent Baptist church. I had heard the word of God preached at the Episcopalian church that we were a part of, but not in this fashion where the Word was preached weekly. Through this ministry, I grew in my new-found faith and began serving in several capacities. I also met a young 13-year-old girl who would later become my wife. 

While continuing to serve in that local church in Cincinnati in the early 2000s, I felt the keen desire and call to full-time ministry. This was confirmed by others in that ministry and elsewhere; this desire eventually led me to pursue theological education at Northland International University in northern Wisconsin. Between my junior and senior year of college, I married Natalie, whom I had met about a decade earlier, shortly after becoming a Christian.

After nearly staying in Wisconsin to lead a church we helped plant, we ended up moving back to Cincinnati and serving at the church where we had met. I served as a lay youth and college pastor while working for Natalie’s dad, and I saved money for future education. After about 16 months in Cincinnati, in August 2010, we moved to Minneapolis to pursue education. We’ve been here been ever since. I had the privilege to work under Kempton Turner with youth and their families at the Downtown Campus until the summer of 2014, when Natalie and I moved to South Campus to serve youth and their families there.

Daniel received a Bachelor's degree in Bible and Theology with an emphasis on Bible Exposition from Northland International University in Dunbar, Wisconsin, and a Master of Divinity from Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis. Daniel lives in Burnsville with his wife, Natalie; their son Caedmon; their daughter Helen, and another daughter who is due to make an appearance August 1. 

  • Elders

    Jon & Mary live in rural New Prague and started attending Bethlehem’s South Campus in October 2008. They became members in May 2009. Jon says, "Although I came to trust Christ as Savior at an early age, attending Bethlehem has helped me better understand God's sovereign work in all his creation. This has changed my worship of him and increased my desire to know and serve him."

    Jon serves on the South Campus Building Committee. He has enjoyed helping to search for and evaluate potential sites for a new South Campus and looks forward to seeing how God will lead in this direction.

    Jon also serves as an usher and is a small group leader for boys in grades 7–8. He has gone on several short term trips and has also led one. Mary frequently serves at the South Info Booth, and she plays piano for the choir and MOMS meetings. Jon & Mary have been married since 1985, and they have four adult children: Bryn, Ben, Lauren, and Carson.

    Terry & Eileen have been involved at Bethlehem for more than 15 years and have been members since 1993. They have two married sons and six grandchildren who live in the Twin Cities. Terry owned a manufacturing company in Burnsville for 25 years and now works at Desiring God as Director of Finance & Planning. He and Eileen live in Bloomington. Terry became serious in his walk with the Lord through a small group Bible study about 35 years ago. He says, “My experience at Bethlehem has awakened me to truths about God that have transformed the way I enjoy worship, and they have given me a greater understanding of the wonderful unity of Scripture and the joy of involving God in every area of my life.”

    David Livingston

    David Livingston

    Elder; Pastor for Global Outreach Member Care

    david.livingston@bethlehem.church | 612-338-7653 x458

    First called to Bethlehem as an Associate for Pastoral Care, David's shepherding skills have often reflected his previous wealth of pastoral experiences at Olivet Baptist Church of Minneapolis and Our Savior's Baptist Church in Elkhorn, Nebraska.

    David was born and raised in Denver. At age 10, he received Christ at Junior Boy's Week at Covenant Heights Bible Camp in the Rocky Mountains. After graduating from Bethel College (1968), Westminster Seminary (1971), and receiving his Doctor of Ministry from Bethel Seminary (1991), David has continued to pursue his calling to be a shepherd in the local church, serving as Pastor for Adult Ministries and Shepherd Groups for many years at Bethlehem.

    In 2015 the congregation approved the elder recommendation that David become our Pastor for Global Outreach Member Care.

    David & Karin have four daughters: Sarah (living in Asia with her husband, Eric, and their four children, Karsten David, Aubrey Louise, Simeon Livingston, and Demaris Marie), Anna (living in Colorado, with her husband, Dan, and children Moriah Joy and Emmett Asher), Krista (married to Steven Cox, living in North Carolina, with their daughter Elliana Nadine), and Lydia (living here in the Twin Cities with her husband, Sean Mailen).

    The family served a one-year short term with SIM in Nigeria, in 1992–93. David & Karin celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2001 in Cochabamba, Bolivia, spreading a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all West African and Bolivian peoples as well. And in 2009 they traveled to Africa, Britain, and Colorado on four months of sabbatical renewal and retooling for the "finishers' era" of their lives (see Acts 20:24)!

    Mark Lundstedt grew up on a farm in Iowa in a Christian family, but he didn’t get excited about Christ until he studied philosophy at Iowa State University. It was then he realized the credibility of Christianity and the incredibility of other philosophies and religions.

    Mark pursued degrees in both of his main interests—missions and medicine. He and his wife, Tedde, were missionaries to Africa for 14 years, and currently both work as registered nurses. In Africa, Mark was involved in church planting and theological education.

    Together, Mark & Tedde have four happily married children and 13 grandchildren. They thank God that their children are committed to Christ. Their oldest son, Luke, is a Bethlehem global partner to Bolivia.

    The Lundstedts began attending Bethlehem when the South Site opened in 2006 and they became members a few months later. Mark serves as a small group leader (he loves to help others grow in their faith) and teaches Sunday School. He has taught several TBI courses.

    Mark & Tedde have been on the South Global Outreach (GO) Team since 2010, and they follow the Global Partners assigned to the South Campus body—they read all their email updates, meet with them when they return for home assignment, pray regularly for them, and meet regularly with the GO Team. 

    The Lundstedts are passionate about supporting and encouraging the global partners sent out by Bethlehem Baptist Church, and one main reason Mark became an elder was to provide an elder presence on the South GO Team.

    Phil Nelson grew up in the church as the son of a pastor. But during those years, his experience was religion rather than a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Later in life, Phil realized that the world’s pleasures were only temporary, and he began to seek deeper meaning in life.

    Through the years, God drew Phil to himself and put Christian men in his life to disciple him. In 1998, God opened Phil's eyes and heart to see God for who he truly is, and Phil surrendered his life to him.

    From there, Phil's spiritual growth continued through the encouragement of Christian men and seven years in Bible Study Fellowship (as a class member and leader). Phil and his wife Holly began attending Bethlehem in 2009 and became members in 2010. Through the teaching, training, and community at Bethlehem, and through personal quiet time, the Holy Spirit continues to grow Phil's faith and understanding of who God is. With this increased desire to surrender his life to God and his purposes, Phil's love for Jesus, desire to spend time with him, and passion to tell people about him also increases.

    Phil teaches an adult Sunday School class and serves in the men’s ministry. He serves as a communion server, and as a greeter at Bethlehem's South Campus. He also has had the privilege of discipling four men in one-on-one relationships. Phil & Holly have been married for 35 years and have three married children and three grandchildren.

    Pavel Nesvetaylov was born in April 1964, in the coal mining city of Gorlovka, East Ukraine, to a family of Evangelical Christian Baptists. In 1981, his family moved to the northern part of Caucusus, Russia, to be closer to relatives.

    By God’s grace, Pavel received Jesus Christ as personal Savior in 1981 and was baptized in 1982 in a small Baptist church in the town of Nartkala. Since then he has experienced continued spiritual growth. Pavel was actively involved in the life of the local church in the town of Prokhladny, as a youth pastor and preacher. In March 1988, he married the love of his life, Vera Afanasyev. Pavel & Vera have five children: Olga, Mariya, Viktoriya, Jennifer, and Alena.

    The Nesvetalov family immigrated to the USA from Russia in 1993 and have lived in Minnesota for more than 20 years. All this time Pavel & Vera were actively involved in the life of the local Russian Baptist churches in various locations, and Pavel’s roles were in preaching and being a worship leader. Pavel completed a course on systematic theology through the Southern Baptist Convention seminars, and has attended the TULIP seminar and various Desiring God conferences. 

    Pavel & Vera came to Bethlehem in 2012 and have been thankful to God that churches like Bethlehem exist in the U.S. and Minnesota with explicit biblical teachings and strategy and vision for church leadership, as well as for Pastor John Piper’s ministry and books. Pavel shares, “It has really motivated me to grow spiritually in this new environment and I would be honored to share what I have learned from Bethlehem with my friends and brothers & sisters in Christ from the Russian speaking community. For the last two years, I went through intensive teaching about biblical eldership, the Bethlehem Elder Affirmation of Faith, and other documents of our church. Right now, I am serving at Bethlehem by leading a Sunday School class, translating the Sunday sermons, and Vera & I have small group at our house every other week. I also play the guitar at services. I frequently go to do a Bible study and speak personally with men at the Rehabilitation Center organized by one of the local Russian churches.”

    Bruce and his wife, Karen, grew up in Rochester, New York, and met in high school. After graduating from college, they married in June 1979. The Lord had been drawing Bruce to himself for a couple of years prior to that and, shortly after marrying, Bruce committed his life to Jesus Christ. From early childhood, Bruce had a desire to be an airline pilot. In 1984, the Lord graciously allowed him to fulfill that desire when he was hired by Northwest Airlines which brought him and his family to Minnesota. Bruce has been actively involved in several types of ministry over the years, including one-on-one discipleship, small group leadership, and teaching Sunday School and Eldership. The Powers came to Bethlehem in 1998 and have rejoiced to see God moving through his people here ever since. They currently live in Eagan, and Bruce currently teaches an adult Sunday School class at the South Campus. Karen has been involved in youth ministry for many years. The Lord has blessed Bruce & Karen with two daughters, Sarah and Rebekah.

    Chuck Steddom

    Chuck Steddom

    Elder; Lead Pastor, South

    chuck.steddom@bethlehem.church | 612-746-2650 x652

    Raised in Iowa in a Christian home, Chuck accepted Christ at the age of 8. Music was his focus early on and he graduated from Wheaton College in 1982 with a B.A. in Music Education/Voice. He married Carol that same year. He later received a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from St. Cloud State (1990). He was a Minister of Youth and Music in Iowa where he also taught Physical Education at a Catholic school for two years. God called the Steddoms to Monticello, Minnesota, in 1984 where Chuck served as Minister of Music and Christian Education at Riverside Alliance (formerly Monticello Alliance). In 1990, they were called to Prairie Bible Institute, where Chuck would teach and later chair the music department and then become the Associate Dean of the college.

    Chuck’s authentic leadership flows out of his music-filled heart as he leads the South pastoral team, sings, teaches, pastors, and encourages us to be more and more open to the filling of the Spirit in heartfelt worship of God who alone is worthy of it. His desire is to win unbelievers, to strengthen, encourage, and fire the faith of believers, and to support the hands of those who serve through music and the Word. His wife, Carol, is the principal accompanist at Bethlehem’s South Campus. The Steddoms have four children: Daniel, Allison, Kiandra, and Alexander, who is now with the Lord.

    Peter Thorpe grew up attending Bethlehem. Upon being made alive together with Christ through faith and repentance, he was baptized and became a member in 1994. In 2000, he joined a church revitalization effort in Richfield, Minnesota, where he joined the staff to give oversight to the operations of that church for more than 10 years. God called Peter and his family back to Bethlehem in 2014.

    Since returning to Bethlehem, Peter has served as a small group leader and adult Sunday school teacher, and he has helped with the men's ministry at the South Campus.

    Peter met his wife, Stacy, at Bethel University while discussing theology. They were married in 2002 and have three children: Lydia (2007), Abigail (2009), and Benjamin (2012). They live in Lakeville and enjoy the outdoors together—walks, parks, and sledding.

    Alan came to trust in Jesus as his Lord and Savior at the age of 26–27 through the witness of his younger brother, much reading, reflection, and prayer. His life verse is Galatians 2:20, "I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Along with all of Scripture, this verse has been an anchor for Alan throughout his years as a follower of Jesus.

    Alan has been married to his lovely wife Julie since 1999. They first met on a "blind" date. Now they enjoy walking and talking together. Alan & Julie have 4 children: Katrina, Chloe, Caroline and Jacob. As a family they enjoy camping, outdoor activities, board games, and just spending time together.

    The West family has attended Bethlehem since Spring of 2012 and they became members in 2014. They love the focus on sound doctrine, the God-centered vision of the church, and the church-wide desire to grow to fullness of maturity in Christ together. Alan volunteers as a Sr High mentor and a small group leader, and he is involved in the men's ministry.

    Bill & Emily have been members at Bethlehem since December 1990. They have two daughters, Abby and Anna. The Zwickys are one of the many families who have an intentional, committed involvement at Bethlehem’s South Campus. Bill has been in various ministries at Bethlehem, including significant IT and Web assistance for the church. Bill & Emily have served in the Welcome Ministries at the Information Booth and have been leaders in Family Discipleship.

  • Deacons

    Greg Gee, Deacon

    Mary Hendricks, Deacon

    Jack Olwell, Deacon

    Marilyn Olwell, Deacon

    Bonnie Williams, Deacon

    Denny Williams, Deacon

  • Support Staff

    Lyndee Ewing, Lead Administrative Assistant, South

    lyndee.ewing@bethlehem.church | 612-746-2650 x600

    Colton Moore, Coordinator for Logistics, South

    colton.moore@bethlehem.church

    Krissy Porath, Coordinator for Family Discipleship & Small Groups, South

    krissy.porath@bethlehem.church | 612-746-2650 x675

    Jolene Rossiter, Assistant Coordinator for Childcare, South

    jolene.rossiter@bethlehem.church | 612-746-2650 x714

    Justin Smith, Ministry Assistant for Jr High Discipleship, South

    justin.smith@bethlehem.church | 612-746-2650 x676

    Lindsey Smith, Lead Coordinator for Nurseries, South

    lindsey.smith@bethlehem.church | 612-746-2650 x656

    Carol Steddom, Pianist & Worship Assistant, South

    carol.steddom@bethlehem.church | 612-746-2650

    Sarah Vogel, Assistant Coordinator for Childcare, South

    sarah.vogel@bethlehem.church | 612-746-2650 x710

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, 10:30am