Pastors Dan & Christa Lund
Lead Pastor Lead Assoc. & Care and Connect
Pastor Jeremy Burnett
Lead Assoc. Pastor & School Principal
Pastor Edgar Santos
Pastor Dan came to the church in 2010 as the new Lead Pastor. He attended Central Bible College where he received a bachelor’s degree in Bible with a minor in music. He plays several instruments and leads music for various events. Music and motorcycles are still two of his greatest passions, and he is a big Ohio Buckeyes fan. In 1985, he married Christa and together they have four daughters: Elizabeth, Kayla, Hannah and Marissa who are also involved in full time ministry.
Pastor Christa has been serving in ministry with her husband for 30 years. She has been involved in the local church and statewide ministry as a teacher, trainer, conference and camp speaker, worship leader and was a youth pastor and area youth rep for over 10 years. She is currently serving as a Lead Associate / Care & Connect Pastor at Bethel Christian. She also loves traveling, the food network, OSU Football and time with her family."
Pastor Jeremy joined the staff in the summer of 2012 as our Kids Pastor. He currently serves as a Lead Associate Pastor and principal of our school, Bethel Christian Academy, where his wife, Natalie, teaches as well. Both he and Natalie have Masters Degrees in education. They were married in 2003 and have 3 children: Benjamin, Hadley, and Jackson. He loves to play and watch sports and is a big Cleveland fan!
Pastor Edgar joined the Bethel Christian staff as the Children’s Pastor during the fall of 2019. He is a Licensed Minister with the Assemblies of God. Edgar came to know the Lord at the altars of Bethel Christian, was baptized and called into children’s ministry. He and his wife, Amy, have been married since 2001 and have two children: Josh and Lysi. Edgar is passionate about ministering to families and teaching children how to love and serve the Lord. During his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and working around the house.
CHURCH MOTTO: Our motto is “A Loving Family of Families” because we believe that whether you attend by yourself, or come with a large family, at Bethel Christian we are all part of one big family. When we give our lives to Christ we are indwelt by the presence of the Holy Spirit and adopted into the family of God. At Bethel Christian we want everyone to understand and know that we are one in Christ. “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father” (Romans 8:14,15).
CHURCH MISSION: Our mission as a church can be summed up in these three words: “Love, Live and Lead.” The greatest commandments of God are to “Love” Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and “Love” our neighbors as ourselves. Then we need to “Live” our life according to the Bible and the leading of the Holy Spirit for the glory of God. And finally, we need to “Lead” others into a closer walk with Christ. That means evangelizing the world and making disciples.
CHURCH BELIEFS: Bethel Christian is a full gospel church affiliated with the Assemblies of God, a fellowship of churches in over 200 nations representing nearly 50 million believers worldwide. We began in 1940 and continue to serve and minister to the greater Cleveland community with the love of Christ. Although every church in our fellowship is distinctive in style and philosophy, we hold to 16 Fundamental Beliefs which are the core of our doctrine.
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Bethel Christian has a rich history! We were established in 1940 in a small house and we were known as the First Pentecostal Church of Cleveland. In 1946, the name was changed to Parma Assembly of God, and in 1960 we moved to our current location and had another name to Bethel Temple. In 2016, the congregation voted to change our name to Bethel Christian. God has shown his blessing and favor in our church throughout the years. We have had many leaders raised up and launched out into ministry, including some that have served on district and even national levels of the Assemblies of God. We have had many great years, revivals, and powerful services. We are blessed, and are looking forward to what God has in store for us in the future! Through all the change of names and over 75 years of amazing history, our heart and mission remains the same. We are a Loving Family of Families that loves, lives, and leads. Our goal is to be a light to this world, and reach people for the Kingdom of Heaven.
We celebrated 75 years of history on January 11, 2015! As part of the celebration, we hosted many former pastors as well as 250 current and former members of the Bethel Christian family at a banquet on January 10! We also held five services from Sunday, January 11 - Wednesday, January 14. Former pastors John Wootton, Robert Crabtree, Jim Palmer, and Roger Larrison each shared an inspired message, fond memories, and challenges during services. Our current lead pastor, Daniel Lund, shared about Bethel Christian's future of destiny on Wednesday to close out our week of celebration.
Below you will find pictures of our church history as well as our 75th Celebration. Click here to watch any of our 75th Celebration Services.