Our Elders


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Scott Wilson

Senior Pastor


Pastor Scott Wilson began serving as the Senior Pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in July of 2014. Prior to Bethel, he served in pastoral ministry in the Seattle, WA area for 15+ years. He is a Denver Seminary graduate and a chaplain in the Air National Guard. Scott and wife Heather have been married for 20 years and have three children.

Scott’s favorite aspect of ministry is having a front row seat to the transforming work of Jesus in the lives of others. He loves to preach, lead ministry teams and share God’s love with a hurting world in need of Jesus.

In his free time, he loves participating in his kids’ activities and spending time with his lovely wife Heather. He roots for the Seattle Seahawks but is still deciding which MLB team to support since moving to Illinois. As a Seattle native, he’s a coffee lover and treasures a tall latte done right. He and his family enjoy road trips, sports, fishing and making fun family music videos while on vacation

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Richard Turner

Board Chair


Richard has been married to his wife Pat for 41 years. They have had four children and 16 grandchildren.

Richard loves the people of Bethel and the truth taught from the pulpit.

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Todd Anderson



God has blessed Todd with a wonderful wife Laura Joy. They were married here at Bethel in 1994. God blessed them with four children, the oldest Connor, twins Camryn and Camdon, and the youngest Carley. All four children have asked Jesus to be their personal Lord and Savior. Todd and Laura enjoy spending time as a family and watching their kids discover and apply the gifts that God gave each of them.

Todd loves Bethel because of the opportunities he has to listen to people share their personal journey to the cross. It always amazes Todd how different, yet similar each sinner's story is.

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Roger Brown



Roger is happily married to his wife Deloris and has two daughters and one son. Roger loves Bethel because they are taught to live Biblical truth with love and grace."

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Tim Carlson



Tim is married to his wife Jamie of 28 years. They have 3 children and 2 sons- in-law. Anna & ( Ben), Lara & (Jeremiah), and Isaiah. Tim loves Bethel because we follow, teach, and stand firm to God's Word, the Bible.

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Pete Fecht



Pete has been married to his wife Mary for 25 years. They have two children: Paul and Kelly. Pete loves the people of Bethel.

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Rob Potter



Rob is married to his wife Nikki and they have a large family with four children, Matthew, Jacob, Katie, Grace. Rob loves the contemporary worship service. The music is great. He also loves the relationships that have formed with their small group.

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Steve Apsey



Steve accepted the free gift of Jesus in 1998 after living 52 year thinking he was a Christian.  Steve and Sharon, his wife since 1971, have three children and four grandchildren.  Steve is retired from 27 years as CEO of Galesburg Manufacturing Co. Serving in any capacity at Bethel has always been a joy for Steve and his hope is to serve as long as the Lord has a purpose for him.

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Terry Stewart



Terry has been married to his wife Joni since 1984. They have two children: Mallory Nyman and Bradley Stewart. Mallory is married to her husband Ryan and works as a photographer and is on the Bethel team. Bradley is married to Lora and is the office manager at Righteous Rides. Terry currently works for the BNSF Railway. In his free time, Terry enjoys fishing, travelling and spending time with his family (especially the grandkids!) "I love that there are so many generations of families in Bethel. It awesome to see parents faithfully bring their children to Bethel and those children grow up bringing their children to Bethel."

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Randy Hroziencik



Randy has been married to his wife Deb for 28 years, and they are blessed that their two married children, Christopher (Nicole) and Heather (Anthony), live in Galesburg as well.  Randy and Deb are the proud grandparents of Alexa, Eleanor, and Jane.  Of all the things that Randy loves most about Bethel, two things stand out: Bethel offers numerous opportunities to dig into the Word of God, and he has been blessed to form many friendships with wonderful people during his 22 years here.

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Rick Welty



Rick married Sue, his high-school sweetheart, in 1972. They have two children, Megan and Adam.  Besides serving as an elder, he teaches Sunday School and is a "Truck Club" member. He enjoys bicycling, reading, spending time with family, and talking to people.