Pastor Stephan Bauer joined Bethel Community Church in June 2012, having completed seven years of pastoral ministry in Manitoba. Stephan is a former professional engineer who left engineering after 12 years in the field to finish off a seminary degree and then respond to the call to enter full-time ministry. Stephan has a passion to see God’s Kingdom work be accomplished through the local church and a desire to see the church experience deep communion with God thru prayer. Stephan married Stephanie in Vancouver in 1995, and they have been blessed with five children: Benjamin, Anthony, Emily, Johnathan and Daniel.
Rob Couture has been Bethel’s go-to fix-it man since we moved into our current location at 128 St. Vincent Street in 2005. From furnaces to taps and everything in between, if it’s broken, Rob can fix it. If it needs to be set up, taken down, held up, held down, Rob is the man to call around Bethel.
Meet the Leadership Team
Brian Greig has served on Council since 2016 and became Chair in 2018. He has served previous Councils as chair and has a good understanding of Bethel’s history and her people.
Brian’s many gifts have benefited Council greatly over the past three years. Plus he loves gardening and general repair, which he has done much of around our building as well.
Call up Brian for a coffee and chat, or better still, get a paint brush and join him in action around the building!
Chair of Board, Council of Elders & Deacons
Monika Maizis has served on council for 4 terms, both as a Deacon or Elder, and as Council Chair. She has agreed to let her name stand for another term as Elder. She loves the Lord and wants to be of service to Him.
Monika has several spiritual gifts. Most recently she now facilitates two Bible Study groups, Wed. afternoon and Thurs. evening.
Monika enjoys good times of fellowship and she loves her church family. Always feel free to give her a call.
Vice-Chair of Board, Council of Elders & Deacons
Jim Hatley was born and raised in Peterborough and moved to Barrie along with his wife, Judith Ann, in 1974. He spent nearly 50 years in the footwear industry in various capacities, primarily with Woolworths, until his retirement in 2006. Judith’s death in May 2016 prompted a search in Jim which included his coming to Bethel and shortly afterward professing faith in the Lord Jesus and being baptised. The Lord has led him on an incredible growth journey, for which he “is trying to make up lost time.” As a result, Jim has thrown himself into prayer, bible study and using his people-gifting to connect with and minister to many folk at Bethel. Council is pleased to recommend Jim for the position of deacon.
Deacon, Council of Elders & Deacons
Dan Lazazzera was born and raised in the East end of Toronto. He is the eldest of four children from a Roman Catholic environment. He learned about Jesus at a very young age, by participated in many church and youth activities as a child. Danny and Carolyn celebrated 51 years of marriage this past year. Together they have raised five (5) children most of which have come to know the Lord. He has been a participating member as well as a Council Member (Deacon) of Bethel Community Church for the past eleven years. He is currently Retired after 35 years working for CN Rail and as a school-bus driver for 10 years post-retirement. Dan always enjoys Bible Brain Teasers as well as robust discussion about the bible. Give Dan a call or join him in the fellowship hall after service.
Deacon, Council of Elders & Deacons
Lynn Thompson has been a member of Bethel Community Church for 20 years. She is best known as our much-loved pianist. She is also wife to David, and mother of three adult children, two of whom are now married. She was raised in an evangelical church, and accepted Christ as her Savior as a young girl of 8. She was baptized just before starting high school. Lynn recognizes her gifts for music, worship, teaching and administration, but also passion for prayer. She has a vision to see Bethel continue to be the welcoming body of believers we are presently, but also to expand our outreach into the community and disciple the whole body of Christ. Lynn is a busy lady who, during the week, teaches private music lessons and is fiercely protective of her Sabbath day—a time to worship and be refreshed through activities with her family such as making puzzles together, walking her dogs, or reading.
Elder, Council of Elders & Deacons
Joan has been an active member of Bethel Community Church since its inception. She was involved with various children’s ministries over the years but is best known for her participation on the worship team. Joan is married to Glen and has two grown daughters. Their daughters’ families live in the Barrie area. Being a Grandmother to four wonderful grandchildren gives her great pleasure. Joan was born in Oshawa and raised Anglican. Joan was raised in a Christian home, but publicly accepted the Lord as her personal Savior over 37 years ago. Joan is gifted with administrative skills and creativity which works well with her crafting business that keeps her busy in her down time. “I love the family and community that I have with Bethel. I’ve made some life-long friends there.”
Treasurer, Bethel Community Church