Our Pastors and Staff

Pastor

Pastor Russ Baun
Russ Baun
Pastor Russ Baun was born and raised in Orchard Park, New York. It was during evangelistic services in the 5th grade that he realized he was a sinner in need of God’s provision of grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ. “I repented of my sins and placed my trust in Christ as my Savior.”

In his teen years, he was active in the youth group at First Baptist Church of West Seneca and a student in West Seneca Christian School. Following graduation, he attended Cedarville College in Cedarville, Ohio and Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. “During my last two years at BJU, I ministered on the weekends as the youth pastor for Carson Memorial Baptist Church in Kings Mountain, NC. It was during my time there that I felt God’s call into the ministry.”

Russ & Krista Baun
Russ & Krista Baun
Pastor Baun married Krista Yessa in June, 1987. He earned an M.A. in Pastoral Theology in 1993 from Bob Jones Seminary. In that same year, he and his wife went to Togo, West Africa as missionaries. They spent three years there involved in church planting and pastoral training.

In 1999, God led them back to West Seneca Christian School where Russ served as the school administrator and Krista taught in the elementary school. In 2006, they moved to Sellersville, Pennsylvania where Russ served as a member of the pastor staff of Bethel Baptist Church and Upper Bucks Christian School. During that time, he completed an M.S. degree in Educational Leadership.

In 2012, Pastor Russ accepted a pastoral staff position at Oakwood Baptist Church in Anderson, South Carolina. While there, he served as the administrator of Oakwood Christian School and completed a Specialist degree in Education at Bob Jones University. After four years, God opened the door for him to become the pastor of Bethany Bible Church in Hendersonville, North Carolina. “My wife and I are delighted to be a part of this church and are praying for a long and fruitful ministry here.”



Church Secretary

Ranae Worrell
Ranae Worrell
Ranae Worrell has been serving as the secretary at Bethany Bible Church since October of 2013. She started attending Bethany when she and her future husband, Chip, started dating in the beginning days of Bethany's getting established. She and Chip have been active in the Awana program at Bethany and still thoroughly enjoy being part of children's lives.

Ranae started serving as a volunteer 4-H leader 15 years ago as she was homeschooling her four children and continues in that service even though her children are now grown. Ranae is currently enjoying the role of grandma to her six month old grandson.




Lay Pastors

George Stiekes
George Stiekes
George Stiekes is currently serving as one of the two lay pastors at Bethany Bible Church.

He 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.



Gene Walters Gene Walters
Gene Walters was born in Pensacola, Florida and spent much of his youth in southern Alabama. As a teenager he was brought under the teaching of the gospel through a baseball outreach ministry of a local church. Gene became a Christian when he repented of his sin, placed his faith in Christ, and was saved.

Gene attended Bob Jones University, majoring in Bible, and graduated in 1967. He returned to the same church where he was saved and began teaching at Santa Rosa Christian School. There he met his first wife, Miriam, whom he married in 1969. Gene and Miriam moved to Bradenton, Florida where he spent 16+ teaching at Community Christian School.

In 1993, Miriam was taken home by God following a battle with breast cancer. Meanwhile Gene’s failing eyesight prevented him from teaching a large classroom of teenagers. Throughout this difficult trial, Gene declared the goodness of God and considered Daniel 4:35 as his source of peace and strength. Gene and his children, Jennifer and Willie, moved to Hendersonville in 1995 where Gene was employed at Faith Christian School being allowed to teach some smaller classes.

At Faith Christian, Gene met Debbie Garren and they were married in 1998. Gene retired from teaching in 2001. Since that time, he has devoted himself to the study of God’s word and to prayer. He has audited numerous courses at Geneva Reformed Seminary in Greenville, SC and has taught Sunday School quite regularly.




Deacons

Larry Mckay
Larry Mckay
Larry Mckay was born Laurence Hazelhurst McKay, Jr. in Hendersonville, NC on November 24, 1934, He is now retired from his many years as a dairy farmer, having inherited part of his parents' farm. During the years he added to the farm to make it more profitable. He grew up as a Presbyterian and is an ordained elder and deacon in the Presbyterian Church in America, as well as deacon in Bethany Bible Church. He was saved at the age of 21 in Japan due to the ministry of a Baptist missionary and other Christian Friends. He is a graduate of Clemson University and has been married to the former Jane Reves Poplin, formerly of Woodruff, South Carolina since August 16, 1958. They have four children, fifteen grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. For many, many he years taught Sunday School, for both youth and adults in the church he grew up in and occasionally filled the pulpit for sister churches when the minister was absent.




Jerry Mckee
Jerry Mckee
Jerry Mckee and and his wife, Barb, moved to Western NC in 2007 after Jerry retired from Xerox Corp, Rochester, NY in 1998, working there for about 30 years as an electrical engineer. Jerry and Barb each trusted in Christ as personal Lord and Savior during a Leighton Ford Crusade in 1972 and, from that point, committed their lives to Christ and began a wonderful walk with our Lord in their family. With their four children, they began to grow and serve in various positions in their local church and continue to thank the Lord for the opportunities He has given them to follow and serve Him wherever He has led them.


Chip Worrell
Chip Worrell
Chip Worrell is a charter member of Bethany Bible Church and helped with the construction of the building. Praying for God's direction in his life, he joined with Bethany after learning that the church would be using the Awana program as an outreach for children and has continued in that and other ministries with the church as he and his wife, Ranae, raised their four children there. His desire to work with children has another outlet as he is a shooting sports coach for 4-H and spends several days a week training and going to competitions with the children.

Chip's profession is a woodworker specializing in exterior and interior door construction.