OUR VALUES

Our mission is simply Helping People Follow Jesus. We want to be disciples of Christ who make disciples by encouraging one another as we grow in our faith and become more like Him. The Christian faith is one of lifelong growth and change and we humbly seek to be learners, hearers, and doers of the Gospel. The Gospel is the center of all that we do at Bethany Church and we really do believe that the Gospel changes everything – first our hearts and then our lives.

OUR BELIEFS

We are a part of the Evangelical Free Church of America. Uniting around what we believe gives strength to our association with like-minded churches. As a smaller denomination we focus on the major doctrines and allow grace in many of the common areas of controversy.  You can read more about the EFCA statement of beliefs HERE.

Christian Living
We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.

Response and Eternal Destiny
We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.

Christ’s Return
We believe in the personal, bodily and glorious return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.

The Human Condition
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.

The Bible
We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.

God
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.

The Church
We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.

The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.

Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus—Israel’s promised Messiah—was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.

The Work of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.

OUR TEAM

Pastor Jeff Jennings
Lead Pastor

Pastor Jeff has a deep love for Jesus and the Gospel that permeates his teaching and life. He is passionate about loving our community and is not afraid of having difficult conversations in order to share Christ’s grace with others.  Jeff has a Bachelor’s in English from Cal State Fullerton and a Master’s of Divinity from Talbot Theological Seminary. He loves live music, reading/hoarding books, listening to podcasts, and running. He and his wife, Robin, were married in 2005 and they have two daughters and a son.

Pastor David Beuving
Pastor of Youth and Worship

David’s faith and hope rests in Jesus Christ as Rescuer for all that is lost in this world. He is passionate about learning where other believers are at in their faith and meeting them there in worship. His prayer is to witness a new and excited young generation of faithful Christ-followers to come from Bethany Church. David has a Bachelor’s in Bible & Theology from Multnomah University. He and Kaitlyn have been married since 2011 and they have 3 daughters. To relax, David enjoys reading books, hunting, hiking, and playing music as a family.

Kaytee Horton
Interim Chilren’s Director

Kaytee grew up going to church with 3+ generations of her family and loves seeing the varied generations at Bethany, too. She began serving in Children’s Ministry at age 12 as a nursery helper and has been working with kids ever since (she and her husband, Bill, are raising 3). Kaytee is an ABT Certified Teacher through American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum and oversees a team of designers, developers, and content specialists at Portland Web Design.

Jack Rants
Men’s Discipleship Coordinator

Jack desires that God make his life a testimony to the value of knowing God. He highly values the equipping and deployment of followers of Christ for service in His name and power so that our church can fulfill the Great Commandment of loving our neighbors as ourselves and the Great Commission of making disciple-making disciples.  Jack and his wife, Leslie, feel privileged to have 7 children (plus spouses) and 19 grandchildren from 4 countries and 3 continents.

Anna Burnham
Women’s Discipleship Coordinator

Anna is thankful for the powerful rescue of God in her life. This is her greatest treasure and she longs for others to experience that, too. She holds a Bachelor’s in Bible & Theology from Multnomah University and a Master’s in Teaching from George Fox University. She loves being outside, making things, and lots of colors. Anna and her husband, David, have one precious daughter, Sophia.

Joy Smith
Office Administrator

Joy loves the Lord and Bethany Church. She has attended Bethany for 30 years and is the one who keeps the church office running smoothly. When she is not busy at church, she enjoys reading, rockhounding with her husband, hiking, OHA activities, and breakfast with friends. Joy and her husband, Kim, were married in 1980 and have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. 

Megan Coleman
Business Director

Megan loves when things are organized! She joined our team in 2020 and is excited about her role in the Church Office. She has a degree in Business Administration and Organizational Leadership from Corban University. She is mother to two children and has been married to Nick since 2005. Megan has played a vital role in ministry with her husband which has taken them around the world. Spending time with family and traveling are some of her favorite things.

Kaitlyn Beuving
Graphics and Social Media Coordinator

Kaitlyn has been a member of Bethany Church since 2017 and joined our team in 2019.  She has her hands full homeschooling her three daughters during the day and serves alongside her husband, Pastor David, in our Youth Ministry. She enjoys doing design work for Bethany Church when the house is finally quiet. Kaitlyn loves a cup of tea with a good book, watercolors, staying up too late, and day trips to the beach with her family.

OUR HISTORY

On January 8, 1907, a group of Norwegian friends banded together to start Betannia Apostolisk Evangeliske Free Kirke ave Canby. Meetings were held in various homes until a small white frame church was built on the corner of SE 2nd and Knott Street. Services were held in the Norwegian language until 1926 when English became the language spoken from the pulpit. For many years the church building was referred to as the “Little Norwegian Church” or “Little Bethany”. In 1960, our name was changed to Bethany Evangelical Free Church and we moved to our current Ivy Street and Township location in 1963.

We have been blessed to be a part of Canby for over 115 years and look forward to how God will continue to use us for His glory in the many years ahead!