LeadershipPastor / Elders - Deacons and Church Members
The head or leader of Bethel Baptist Church is Jesus. It’s His church, and he’s our senior pastor. We would say below the guidance of Jesus are leaders who are simply qualified Christians who follow Jesus and encourage others to follow him as well. At Bethel Baptist Church, our formal leadership structure involves Pastor / Elders, Deacons, and Church Members.
Pastor Elders @ BBCKC
Martin Beamer - Lead Pastor
B.A. in Christian Ministry, Spurgeon College
M.Div., Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Pursuing a Th.M. in Philosophy, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Pursuing a Ph.D. in Ethics, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Associate / Senior Adult Pastor
Transitional Leadership Team – Revitalization
- Marty Beamer
- Darin Jennings
- Jason Dawson
In partnership with NAMB (North American Missions Board) and a sponsoring church Linwood Baptist Church, we installed a transitional a leadership team named above. During this time we will teach on Biblical Eldership, Deacons, and Membership as well as work through our statement of faith and constitution. Once these things are taught through and established, new leadership will be installed. Meanwhile if you have questions please see the Lead Pastor, Marty Beamer.
PASTOR / ELDERS
Jesus calls qualified men to lead his church as elders, whom we also call pastors. Qualifications for eldership are found in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1, and include leading their families well, a record of serving Jesus well both in the church and in everyday life, a thorough knowledge of the Bible and a mature Christian walk, and a good reputation both in and out of the church.
The primary duties of elders include praying and studying Scripture, leading the vision of the church, caring for the people of the church, teaching, living lives that are exemplary, protecting the people of the church from false doctrine and teachers, and developing other leaders.
Martin Beamer and Harold Dinsmore are part of a “Church Revitalization” that started in 2021.
Jesus calls qualified men and women to lead his church as deacons, a word that is literally translated as “servants.” The office of deacon is first mentioned in Acts 6. As the burden of ministry grew for the early church, elders, in addition to prayer, study, leading, and teaching, were also taking on large workloads to serve the needy in the church and handle the administrative functions of the church. As a solution, the elders appointed deacons to assist the elders in these responsibilities.
Because Bethel is part of a church revitalization we have Deacons who assist the Pastor/ Elders in the day-to-day functions of church administration and activity. Qualifications for deacons are found in 1 Timothy 3 and include integrity, generosity, soberness, a clear understanding of the Bible, a well-ordered home, and a good reputation both in the church and outside the church. We are continuously on the lookout for qualified men to fit into these roles if this is ever something you would be interested in please let one of the existing Pastor/Elders or Deacons know.
Members as Leaders
As our church grows, we rely on members to support our ministry and to carry out much of the work required to help accomplish our mission to have as many people know Jesus as possible. It’s a high calling that takes hard work—but it’s also the most rewarding work.
The leadership of Bethel Baptist Church strive to love and care for its members well. In turn, we rely on our members to accomplish our collective work as the church. As an organization, we operate with minimal budget, and programming because we trust the Holy Spirit to move through the transformed hearts of our members, mobilizing the collective body of Christ in humble ways to love our members, love our family, our community, and glorify God.
If you’re desiring to make a deeper commitment to Bethel Baptist Church, we encourage you to become a member. Follow the steps listed on the membership page to get the process started.
3700 NE Barry RoadKansas City, Missouri 64156
9:30 AM Sunday School
10:30 AM WorShip Service