Bethany’s Mission Statement
To help people grow in their relationship with God and others by knowing Christ, worshiping Christ, following Christ, and sharing Christ.
Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA)
Bethany is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), the largest denomination of Lutherans in America today. Known as the church of "God's work. Our hands.” the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer, Martin Luther.
Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the PROTESTANT Reformation
Lutherans and Christians around the world are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. In 1517 the German monk, Martin Luther, nailed his “Ninety Five Theses” to the door of the Wittenberg Cathedral. Luther’s Theses resulted in debate about Christian teaching which led to changes that have shaped the course of Christianity. The Reformation offers to Christian communities everywhere a liberating way of listening to and speaking the Scriptures. The Reformation’s teaching that Christ’s life flows through faith into a life of service to others is especially liberating in our culture today.
Northeastern Ohio Synod of the ELCA (NEO Synod)
The Northeastern Ohio Synod strives to connect our members and congregations to tools and resources they can use in their own ministries. They seek to help our congregations sustain and grow their communities of faith and provide support wherever possible.
Robert Ferro has been the Senior Pastor of Bethany since 2001. A native of Northeastern Ohio, he graduated from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio in 1996. He served a rural congregation in central Illinois before his call to Bethany. Robert also has a degree in Business Administration and Accounting and worked as a Certified Public Accountant for 12 years before entering the seminary. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Adult Christian Education Foundation of Madison, Wisconsin, and has been a Bethel Bible Series Clinic Instructor since 2009. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors of West Park Meals on Wheels. Robert and his wife, Linda, have been married for 29 years and have three adult children, David, Anna and Rebekah. In addition to his ministry, he enjoys reading, hiking, watching classic films, studying history, traveling and being with his family.
Susanne Carter – Pastor-German Service
Melissa Todd – Church Secretary and Director of Christian Education
Sarah Todd – Financial Secretary
Celina Kobetitsch – Organist
Jesse Lange – Music Director
Molly Wering – Nursery
New Staff Members
Bethany is pleased to welcome two new members to the music ministry team. Choir director, Jesse Lang and organist, Celina Kobetitish are two new faces you will see upfront on Sunday mornings. We welcome both to Bethany and the congregation has already been enjoying a wonderful new season of music.