Celebrating 100 Years!

100 Years of Bethany Baptist Church History

Presented by Pastor Caleb Jackson on June 17, 2023.

Check out the Sermon’s page for access to an audio-only version of this presentation as well as for the other speakers during our Centennial Celebration!

Here’s what you missed from June 17th-18th:

Teaching, Preaching, Worship, Food, Children’s Program & Festivities!

Local community members and our church family from Calvary Baptist in Negaunee are invited to join us for a day of celebration and worship as we consider God’s faithfulness to Bethany Baptist Church over the past 100 years!

If you are a pastor or a ministry leader, consider joining us for Faithful a one day mini-conference we are hosting prior to our centennial celebrations.

SATURDAY June 17th, 2023

9:30am         Registration of Children
10:00am       Worship and Celebration I
Noon            Lunch, games and fellowship (Food to be provided)
2:00pm        Worship and Celebration II
4:00pm        End of the day’s festivities

SUNDAY June 18th, 2023

9:30am         Registration of Children
10:00am       Worship and Celebration III
Noon            Lunch (Potluck style)
1:00pm        Worship and Celebration IV
3:00pm        End of the day’s festivities

This event is free and open to all interested in the history of BBC and God’s faithfulness to this local church. Please consider emailing the office to let us know you are coming, to pre-register your children, or with other questions you might have!


RANDY REED is the current pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Negaunee, the church that originally sent a missionary to Dollar Bay to found Bethany Baptist Church. Randy is married to Debbie and they have been pastoring for 22 years at Calvary. Randy is the nephew of former BBC pastor Charles “PR” Reed.

DOUG CRAWFORD is currently serving as the Executive Director of Bridge Fellowship (formerly MARBC), after shepherding West Cannon Baptist Church in Belmont for almost 43 years. Doug and his wife of 44 years, Kathy, have six children, 15 grandchildren, and one great grandson.


LAWRENCE MANZER is a former pastor of BBC. He currently holds the honor of longest-serving pastor at Bethany, having served from the late 1970’s into the 1990’s. He and his wife Marlene currently reside in lower Michigan.

JOSEPH STOWELL is the son of the first paid pastor at BBC, Joseph is the former president of Cornerstone University and Moody Bible Institute. Stowell has authored over 20 books and is married to Martie. He continues to work with Radio Bible Class in Grand Rapids, MI.