Pastor Travis Battershell
As the Pastor at Bethany, I am so grateful to serve this local church with all the gifts God has given me. My greatest gift being my wife Lexi. We have been married since 2015 and have a son Jude and daughter Grace.
I have been grateful to have come to know with the life transforming power of the Gospel from an early age growing up in a Christian home. Following my call to ministry in college, I began training at seminary and serving the local church in a variety of ways. I have been so grateful to God’s providence to bring me here to Bethany. So today, I am overjoyed to serve the church family at Bethany as we grow in faithfulness and fruitfulness according to God’s will through the consistent teaching of God’s Word.
Masters of Divinity, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary 2020. Masters of Theological Studies: Emphasis Preaching & Pastoral Ministry, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary 2018.
Pastor Emeritus Craig Bowen
Craig Bowen has been our pastor since 2005. Craig grew up in Independence, Missouri and came to faith in Jesus Christ through the influence of a high school ministry at age fifteen. He graduated from college with a degree in computer science in 1978, and went to work for a major oil company. Craig met Joanie Guinn in Sunday School, and they married in 1982. As a young adult, Craig developed an interest in missions, and he and Joanie began to find opportunities to serve and teach in their local church. The Bowens soon started their family, and for the next twenty years raised their five children, worked, and continued to be active in various ministries in their church. Craig’s enthusiasm for missions and ministry, and a desire for formal training, continued to grow. In 2001, after a great deal of prayer and soul-searching, the Bowen family moved to Los Angeles so that Craig could pursue a seminary education at The Master’s Seminary in preparation for ministry. After graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in 2005, Craig was called to serve as pastor here at Bethany Baptist Church. Pastor Bowen loves to preach and teach. “My strategy in the pulpit is to preach through books of the Bible in order to equip and mature and evangelize our church family. My emphasis is on providing a careful exposition of the text, informed by the original vocabulary and grammar, and by the historic and cultural context of the original audience. My goal is to be correct and clear and compelling and equipping.” His current ministry emphases include nurturing love of the local church, encouraging personal evangelism, and developing men and young adults. Craig and Joanie have five children: Bethany (married to Dieter Wefuan), Sarah (married to Jeremy Conrad), Nathan (married to Julie), Hannah (married to Brady Quarles) and Josiah (married to Chelsey). They are also the doting grandparents of Asher, Brodie, Finley, Haddon, Ree, Hudson, Simeon, Judah, and Anya.
The New Testament deacon is an office of service. The deacon should demonstrate godly character and provide a personal example of Christian maturity (1 Timothy 3:8-13). Our deacon team works with the pastor to serve the varied spiritual and physical needs of our church family through a Care Group ministry model.