Welcome  from  Matt


"I would love to brag about this church and its many ministries, but it just doesn't seem as important as bragging about Jesus Christ and the change He makes in the life of ordinary people.

I came to Bethany as the Senior Minister in 1999. I was 22 years old. Young, right! I didn't know a soul, and my family and friends were 2,000 miles away. The surroundings weren't familiar, the people were new to me, and everywhere I looked there was corn. I walked into this building just like you have or might do someday soon, and I was feeling very alone and unsure. It's hard walking into a place for the first time with no real connection to anyone.

It didn't take long, however, for me to see how genuine and welcoming the people of this church really are. Christ is alive in the lives of these people. They allowed Christ to use them to open their lives up to me and accept me with all my faults and inexperience. They are real! For the first time in a church, I found people that really desired for Jesus Christ to make a change in them. He will, if you let Him."

Matt Merold

Preaching & Leadership


Ministers & Support Staff

  • Luke Bean        

    Operations & Involvement

    Luke has a huge heart for the local church and seeing people connect and takes steps of faith. He serves as an Elder & oversees ministry operations.  Luke previously worked in private business & finance. He holds a degree in Business Management & enjoys music, baseball, and aviation.  Luke & his wife Brittany have 3 children.

  • Jonathan Dunham       

    Worship & Music

    Jonathan loves to worship and teach the truth about who God is. He believes we are all created to worship something and is excited to direct that focus to the creator of that desire.   

  • Kristie Smith   

    Ministry Assistant

    Kristie provides ministry support for all student ministries (Birth-12th grade). She has great administrative skills and a heart for seeing kids develop an authentic faith in Christ. She has a degree in nursing & management.  Kristie & her husband Dustin, have two daughters. 

  • Jered Hemingway      

    resident minister

    Jered has a desire to lead and help others develop a personal relationship with our Jesus Christ.  He is attending Lincoln Christian University in pursuit of a Master of Arts in Bible and Theology.   Jered and his wife, Becky, have one son.

  • matt merold     

    PREACHING & Leadership

    Matt has a love for preaching and considers it an honor to lead Bethany Christian Church for the past 18 years.  He is a gifted speaker, Spirit-filled leader.   Matt and his wife, Kelli, have three boys.

  • Vicki Murello        

    Middle School & High School

    Vicki is passionate about sharing the truth of God’s Word with others.  She has a love for students and enjoys providing opportunities for them to know God, grow in their relationship with Christ and share it with others..  Vicki and her husband, Tony and have a son, daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren.

  • Evan Nave     

    YOUNG Adult & Disciple Making

    Evan has great desire to be a disciple of Christ that makes disciples of Christ. He also has a passionate desire to see men and women move, grow, and go in their walks with Christ.  Evan and his wife, Erin, have one daughter.

  • Alyson stoll     

    ministry Assistant

    Alyson plays an integral part in supporting ministry and office administration. She has a background in finance.  She and her husband, Emmanuel enjoy family

    and the outdoors.

  • Morgan Thie    

    Children & Family

    Morgan has a huge heart for children & a desire to see kids develop a heart

    for Jesus. She graduated from Johnson University in 2016 with a degree

    in Children's Ministry. 

  • Tom Watson      

    Pastoral & INVOLVEMENT

    Tom has a compassionate presence with a focus on helping people to appreciate and receive what God is truly offering them in Christ Jesus. Tom and his wife, Julie, have a son and two daughters.