Pastors & Leadership
Pastor Greg StiekesGreg Stiekes began his ministry as pastor of Bethany Bible Church in 2002. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan, but lived in South Carolina, Wisconsin, and Minnesota before moving to North Carolina with his family. His wife, Rena, is a native of Pensacola, Florida. Both Greg and Rena began to trust in the Lord at an early age and were reared as baptized members of conservative, local churches. They have five children: Katherine, Caroline, Audrianne, Micaiah, and Emmaline. Greg and Rena met as students at Bob Jones University where both of them received their undergraduate and their Masters degrees in Speech and served as Graduate Assistants for the Speech Department, teaching Freshman speech. During his last four years at BJU, Greg had his first experience in pastoral ministry through serving as Associate Pastor at Grace Baptist Church in Starr, SC.
After graduation, Greg and Rena were on the Speech Faculty of a small Bible college in Wisconsin for a few years before Greg was asked to serve as Youth Pastor at Fourth Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN. While in Minneapolis, Greg earned a Master of Divinity degree at Central Baptist Theological Seminary and was formally ordained for public ministry by the Fourth Baptist Church. Since coming to Bethany, Greg has also earned a Master of Theology degree from Erskine Theological Seminary, located in Due West, SC. Greg has a passion for the expositional preaching of the Word and its genuine application in the lives of God’s people. His main academic interests are in New Testament theology, Apostolic Fathers, Hermeneutics, and philosophy.
Sermon series he has preached since coming to Bethany include the Pastoral Epistles, Revelation 2-3, Exodus, Colossians, Parables in Luke, and currently the Letter to the Hebrews. He and Rena are grateful for the warm relationships they have established with their church family at Bethany and for the genuine love that is exhibited for the preached Word, the body of Christ, and for Christ Himself.
Pastor George StiekesGeorge Stiekes surrendered his life to serve Christ at Chief Noonday Camp in Western Michigan in August of 1960. He began his ministry working with young people and music ministry while a student at Bob Jones University and Detroit Bible College. He married Judy Peters on July 30, 1966. After graduation, he served the Lord in Freeport, Illinois and Sparta, Michigan in a variety of ministries – Youth and Music Pastor, Christian Education Director and Camp Director.
He has since served as Senior Pastor in Grand Rapids, Lake Orion, and Hazel Park, Michigan and Seattle, Washington. For twenty-three of those years, he served as a teacher at the Birmingham Bible Institute in Birmingham, Michigan. He also finished his Master of Divinity Degree at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary and completed the class work toward the Doctor of Ministries Degree at Bob Jones University.
Other experience includes speaking at camps, conducting Deacon Seminars and teaching individual class sessions in three Bible colleges. Currently, he is serving as one of the pastors of the Bethany Bible Church.