Our Pastors and Staff


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.


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.