WHO ARE WE?
OUR CHURCH LEADERS
On Oct. 30, 2020, our pastor retired after 40 years in the ministry including 24 years at First Baptist, Bethany. Currently, the church is taking part in Oklahoma Baptist's Transitional Pastor program.
Dr. Joel W. Harder is the state minister for Oklahoma. Harder is an experienced organizational leader with over 10 years working in international leadership development through local churches, nation-wide non-profits, and political arenas.
Joel's international work includes initiatives in Central Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe and currently he leads the Oklahoma State Legislature in daily opening prayer. Joel's sermons are posted online at www.joelharder.org/speaking. He also maintains a weekly podcast, The Leaders We Need.
Joel is married to Donelle and they are the proud parents of two daughters, Philece and Farrow.
Minister of Music
Kendell follows her calling as a music teacher with Norman Public Schools and leads us as our part-time music minister and worship leader.
From an early age Kendell has been singing. We like to think her experience singing on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry prepared her for us. She loves to blend newer songs with the old hymns. Kendell works with music groups in the church ranging from children's choir to senior adults.
Josh grew up with us and, beginning in 2017, served as part-time Youth Pastor, having already served in churches across Midwest City. In June of 2018 the church enthusiastically voted to make him full-time Associate Pastor. Today, he oversees the Young Adult, Student, Kids and Preschool programs.
Currently, Josh handles the day-to-day functions of the church as we search for a new pastor.
The newest member of the staff is Candace. Candace grew up at First Baptist Bethany and is excited to serve on staff. She is married to Andy and together they have two girls, Evelyn and Winter.