Staff

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L. Wright Eavenson, Pastor

Bro. Wright has served as Pastor here at Bethel since March of 2006. Wright is a native of New Orleans, LA, and a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Music Education and from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. His wife Ruth is a Certified Shorthand Reporter and works throughout the Chicagoland area. Wright and Ruth have two grown sons, Daniel and Timothy. Thanks to Tim and his wife Katie, they enjoy being grandparents to Leo, Lola and Cruz.

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Gary Harner, Associate Pastor of Discipleship

Gary Harner has served as Associate Pastor of Discipleship at Bethel since 2012. Born in Paducha, KY, Gary was raised in Southern Illinois.  Gary graduated from Union University in Jackson, TN with a Bachelor of Arts major in Bible and from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Frot Worth, TX with a master of Divinity.  
Gary and his wife Nancy bring a wealth of experience to the ministry here at Bethel having completed a pastorate of 25+ years in South Chicago Heights, IL. The Harners have two grown children, Angie, a costume designer in NY and Daniel, an accountant in South Holland, IL.

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Dr. Rick D. McKinney,Pastor of Worship & Community Ministry

Rick joined our staff in July fon an interim basis and became our permanent Pastor of Worship and Community Ministry in September, 2016.  Rick and Jane join us following service to churches in Momence, IL, Marion, IN, and numerous places in OH. He and his wife, Jane, have three grown children. We are looking forward to years of serving alongside to God's glory!