Bethany Staff

  • Kim Swenson - senior pastor

    Pastor Kim is the senior pastor at Bethany Baptist Church with the primary speaking responsibility.  He works together with members to establish the basic vision for the church and leads a team based ministry. Pastor Kim has committed his life to full time ministry for over 30 years.

    Pastor Kim graduated from Valley City State College with a BA in Health and Physical education, continuing on to Bethel Seminary, where he graduated with a Masters of Divinity.

    He finds joy in the preparation time and in the teaching each week. He has a heart for watching and guiding as people grasp the wonder of God's grace. Relationships are priority in his ministry.  He loves music and “hands on” projects of all kinds. Pastor Kim appreciates the wonders of our Creator through sports, hunting, fishing, and wilderness camping.

  • Joe Carlson - ASSOCIATE  pastor

    Pastor Joe is a pastor who cares about living, showing, and speaking into the lives of others. He lives to know and love Jesus more, and help others discover who Jesus is. While Jesus was on earth, he showed a different kind of life than this world can offer: Pastor Joe strives to bring that same difference in the world around him. He is always up for a story or adventure: those moments are where God’s truth comes alive!

    Pastor Joe does life with his wife Jennifer and two sons, Andrew and David. He loves being with his family, being outdoors, and coaching up his boys in whatever they are playing, especially soccer.

    Pastor Joe graduated from Grace University, in Omaha, Nebraska, and completed his seminary education at Moody Graduate School in Chicago, Illinois.

  • paulette johnson - secretary

    Paulette's responsibilities include general office duties and assisting the pastors and church in many capacities.


    She is a graduate of Vancouver Bible college where she began her vocational ministry 33 years ago.  Paulette came to Bethany from the Great Lakes Baptist Conference where she served for 22 years.  Paulette works to serve Bethany so that this church will be fully functional in reaching the community in which God has placed it.


    She enjoys reading, cross stitch, watching football and trying new recipes.

  • mark allen - youth pastor

    Pastor Mark’s responsibility is to work with 6th - 12th grade students of both Bethany Church and New Day Christian Church as the youth pastor.

    Mark enjoys forming relationships with others to better communicate the gospel of Jesus. He believes strongly in the power of discipleship and in encouraging the youth of our community how to make their relationship with Jesus Christ their own. Mark’s goal in ministry is to make lifelong disciples of Jesus.

    Mark enjoys doing life with his wife Rachael: taking road trips, playing board games, and playing sports.

    Mark has been working with youth for 16 years. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Spokane, Washington with a BA in Youth Ministry.

  • Sarah Leafblad - administrator

    Sarah Leafblad is the Administrative Assistant and her duties will include office duties, managing projects, and maintaining communication pathways between the church office and the people outside it.

    Sarah is married to Robert and has 2 sons, Bjorn and Aiden. Sarah enjoys being in community with her church family and has been an active participant since 2015. Her desire is to serve this church body so it can demonstrate Christ and equip others to do the same.

    Sarah grew up in the third world and in South Central Wisconsin. She is a graduate of UWEC with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design. She enjoys teaching art at a homeschool co-op, organizing closets, and being outdoors. She can be reached at