Pastor Joe Carlson
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.
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 has been working with youth for 16 years. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Spokane, Washington with a BA in Youth Ministry.
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. He enjoys doing life with his wife Rachael: taking road trips, playing board games, and playing sports.
Contact Mark if you'd like to join the 4.12 youth group ZOOM meetings.
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 over 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.
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. 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.
Patty Fawley- Children's Ministry director
Patty Fawley works with an energetic team to provide engaging Biblical lessons that provide a foundation of truth for young lives to build upon. The Bible is full of stories of real people facing real challenges that are just waiting to come alive in the minds of our children and it is imperative that we anchor them in scripture through stories and songs that will be remembered years later.
Patty attended Northwestern University in St. Paul, UWMC, and graduated from UWSP. She taught elementary and middle school, regular and special education students, with a primary concentration on reading. She also taught reading at Lincoln Hills detention center.
She was married to Andy for 41 years. They have 4 married children and 12 grandchildren, and have been part of Bethany since 2018. Her spare time is filled with gardening and other home projects, reading, writing, music, and enjoying her grandchildren.
heather kudla - worship Director
Heather has been a member of Bethany since 2001. Previously, Heather was the Administrator at Bethany for many years. After working locally for two years, she made her way back to Bethany as Worship Director in November of 2022.
Heather has a BA in Music from UW-Steven's Point. She is married to David and they have two children.