Meet Our Staff

Vicar Vera McEwen


Bethel is pleased to announce that Vicar Vera McEwen will serve as interim at Bethel and will join us May 10, 2020.  She has been accepted by the ELCA and Southwest Washington Synod by Bishop Jaech and will serve as a Synodically Authorized Minister (SAM).  

Her Bio:Vicar Vera McEwen is incredibly excited to support and assist Bethel Lutheran Church of Brush Prairie, Washington during this period of transition. She embodies the Love of Christ through witness and discipleship. She completed an interim call at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Ypsilanti, Michigan where she implemented new systems and structures to support their ministry and prepare for and support their new pastor. Her primary emphasis at Shalom Lutheran Church in Pinckney where she interned was spreading God's Love by providing pastoral care, preaching God's Loving Word, teaching God's Living Word, and implementing God's Living relational group architecture. She completed her MDIV academic studies at Luther Seminary where she graduated in May 2019. She is currently reviewing the prospects of a doctorate in religious studies with an emphasis on Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic as encouraged by her professors at seminary. In addition to her vocation as Vicar she ministers via project management at Michigan State University (MSU) in their Information Technology (IT) department. Where, with God's help, she implements 1 Thessalonians 5.11 motivating people to be and do their very best by building one another up. If you see a joyous, ever singing sister in Christ rapidly moving by, yes in the wee hours of the morning too (without coffee), that it is likely to be Vicar Vera. Vicar Vera, who after years of being pursued by God, stopped running and answered the call, halleluiah, !הָויּלְ לַ ה

Judy Wood

Parish Administrator

Judy Wood has been Bethel's Parish Administrator since 2007.  She is married to Woody and has two grown children along with many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Our Parish Administrator is dedicated to serving Bethel.

Cody Shearer

Music Director

Cody leads worship each Sunday and directs both vocal and bell choirs. He also teaches piano at Bethel Lutheran Church. Worshiping through music is one of the greatest gifts God has to offer. Here at Bethel we worship through music in the  Vocal Choir, Handbell Choir, and our weekly Praise Teams at our Sunday Services. Cody is always looking for new members.

Bonnie Stauffer

Family Ministry Director

Bonnie is a lifelong Bethel member. She was hired in 2001 after completing the Community of Lay Ministry program through the ELCA. As the Family Ministry Director, she works with the church's education board to develop a ministry that nurtures the spiritual growth of children and forms a partnership between church and home. Bonnie is also involved in the planning of inter-generational events throughout the year. Bonnie partners with our various ministry teams, meeting with them and creating communication plans to coordinate events. She is married to Dennis and has two grown children, Erika and Trent.​​

Tim Peterson

Youth Ministry Director

Tim began his Youth Ministry at Bethel in July of 2017.  He comes to Bethel with his wife, Christal, and a lot of energy!  Tim uses a number of tools to develop individuals for service, growth, and mission.  Everything in place can be summed up in two main principles: Relational and/or Discipleship.  This group operates with complete openness and parents have a standing invitation to come to all events.  Not as chaperones, but as mentors living a Christian witness.  

Marcy Sprecher

Rocksolid Director

Marcy has worked many years with the kids of Rocksolid with activities that emphasize building healthy relationships in life skills, business skills, good homework habits, leadership skills, healthy eating, sports, the arts and community service.  Contact Marcy Sprecher if you have any questions about the Rocksolid Teen Center.

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