At Bethany, we recognize a leadership structure comprised of a plurality of Elders (Brian Knight, Steve Barnhart, Caleb Jackson and Andrew Black), Deacons (Kit Cischke, Matt Fifield, Adam Gill, Alex Knight and Grant Olson) and full-time staff (Brian and Caleb). These men are identified and recognized by the congregation as active servants and teachers. They are not “super Christians”; they are everyday common men who strive to live by the disciplines specifically described in 1 Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:5-9, and lead by principles of biblical leadership throughout the Old and New Testaments.
With childhood roots in the Keweenaw, Brian has served as a staff Pastor at Bethany since returning to the area nearly two decades ago. As Bethany’s lead elder and primary teaching pastor, Brian is dedicated to expository preaching. His desire is to accurately communicate the original intent of the inspired text, that God’s Word would […]Read Biography
Caleb, along with his wife Kelsey, come to Bethany Baptist Church from Louisville, Kentucky. Having completed a BA in History at the University of Cincinnati and served for a year on staff with Cru (at University of Cincinnati), Caleb has completed his Master of Divinity with a Pastoral Ministry concentration from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. […]Read Biography
Steve has been a part of the body at Bethany since coming up to Michigan Tech in the late 90s. After graduating from MTU with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, he began working at GS Engineering in Houghton, where he is currently employed. While engineering is his primary vocation, Steve has been involved in leadership […]Read Biography
Andrew has been married to the wife of his youth, Leanne, for almost thirty years. They’ve been blessed with six children and spouses, Hannah (& Ryan), Mollie (& Josh), Jeremiah, Mary, Samuel, and Titus – plus six grandchildren besides! Their children range in age from 12 to 28, and the number and spread in ages […]Read Biography