What to Expect

What is your Sunday schedule? Sunday school is offered for children and adults at 9:15. Worship takes place at 10:30. We now have two worship opportunities that take place simultaneously at 10:30. Our traditional service that takes place in our sanctuary and the non-tradition "Worship Cafe" that meets in our Family Life Center.  Who attends Bethel? We are diverse in age, background and income, yet share a strong, Bible-based, conservative faith following Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Where should I park? Parking is available in the paved area in front of the church as well as behind the church on the left side. Designated spaces for those with disabilities are clearly marked and located near entrance doors.  Those with preschoolers may wish to park closest to the children’s building on the right side of the front of the church and marked Weekday School. What should I wear? Come to Bethel just as you are. We’re comfortable with what you’re comfortable with and you’ll see a range of dress among the people attending church. What happens during a Worship Service? Service lasts approximately one hour and includes singing, praying, scripture reading and a sermon. How many people attend your Worship Services? Attendance varies on any given Sunday but Bethel usually welcomes around 400 people. What programs are available for my children? Sunday School is available for children in preschool through high school from 9:15-10:00. Middle and high school children meet in the house across the street from our main campus in what we call “Bethel Haven.” During our worship service kindergartners through second graders are invited to sit with their loved ones in the sanctuary and then join Junior Worship after the children’s message. Childcare is available for infants-preschoolers while you attend Sunday School and Worship. Simply enter through the childcare wing on the right side of the front of the church and a greeter will be happy to help you register your child. You will receive a pager to insure that you can be reached should your child need you while you are attending worship. Read more about Children and Youth ministries. How do I become a member? Contact the church office at 704-892-0546 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign-up for the next Bethel Connections class where you’ll learn more about the history, beliefs and values of Bethel and begin the membership process. This is a great opportunity to learn more about becoming a Bethel member if you so desire. If you have decided to become a member, at the end of the worship service, you may simply speak to the Elder who will be the front of the sanctuary and inform that person of your desire.

Our Beliefs

Bethel is committed to the Bible as the authority of our faith and practice, the Lordship of Jesus Christ, the connectional nature of the church and actively sharing the compassion of Jesus Christ in every area of life.

Our Vision

The vision of Bethel Presbyterian Church is to reflect the love and truth of Jesus Christ to transform lives. We do this by worshiping the living God, teaching the truth of Scripture, caring for others and serving with the compassion of Christ – all to the glory of God.

Our Denomination

Bethel belongs to a Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO). Learn more about ECO in this overview or visit: eco-pres.org


  Rev. Dr. Thomas Judge Boone, IIISenior Pastor Rev. Mark MossAssistant Pastor  Jan BoswellDirector of Christian Education   Jeremy ChurchillDirector of Youth Ministries Susan O'KeefeInterim Director of Choirs     Beth MossParish Nurse  Teresa HewittOrganist   Lisa WeberOffice Administrator  Beth BynumDirector of Communications and Volunteer Support    Allen HauserFinancial Administrator Teresa HallBookkeeper       David Campbell Facilities Caretaker      Michelle KoslickDirector Weekday Preschool      


1828: Bethel organized.

January 8, 1829: First verified meeting of Bethel congregation.

July 1829: First official minister, Thomas Espy, accepts call to Bethel.

September 1829: First election of elders: Patrick Johnston, Robert Potts, Alexander Brevard Jetton, Charles Mitchell.

1829: Rock wall built around cemetery.

Summer 1830: First building erected with work done by congregation (a frame building which stood near the front of  the present sanctuary).

August 29, 1835: First known burial in church cemetery, Hannah E. Knox.

1856: Election and ordination of first deacons, S. M. Withers and John R. Knox.

July 1895-December 1895: Present building erected with work done by congregation.

January 17, 1896: First sermon delivered in present building by Rev. Dr. J. M. Grier, who served Bethel for 13 years.

1907: Bethel sends first missionary to Korea, Bess Knox Wilson.

January 1939: The hut, originally called the community house, is built.

September 1947: Wilson Knox ordained as elder, serving longer than any other living Bethel elder.

July 20, 1952: Rev. John Edwin Wayland, Jr. (Didi), installed, beginning Bethel’s longest ministry along with his wife, Jane Puckett Wayland; on June 1, 1951, Rev. Wayland had begun his service to Bethel as a supply minister.

1967: The Hut was moved to make room to build the educational building.

1967: Fellowship Hall and educational building are built.

1968: Boy Scout Troop 74 was chartered.

1976: Fellowship Hall Enlarged.

1977-78: Congregation meets in the Fellowship Hall while the sanctuary is enlarged.

March 26, 1978: Easter Sunday: first sermon in enlarged sanctuary.

December 4, 1983: First female elder, Carolyn Nelson, is elected.

1986: Pipe organ was dedicated

June 1992: Megan Knox Ritchie becomes first female member raised in Bethel to be ordained as a minister

December 13, 1992: Dedication of the Celeste McShane Gallent Family Life Center

December 1995: Bethel holds its first annual BBQ for missions

December 29, 1996: Rev. John E. "Didi" Wayland, Jr. and wife Jane retire from their Bethel ministry

August 9, 1998: Rev. Rob Hinman installed as senior pastor

September 4, 2005: Rev. Rob Hinman leaves Bethel after accepting a call to First Presbyterian Church of Lenoir

June 1, 2008: Rev. Dr. William V. Cain becomes senior pastor

October 18, 2009: Bethel dedicated as a historic landmark

2011: Bethel Foundation Formed

January 1, 2013: Bethel joins ECO, a Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians

June 26, 2016: Rev. Dr. William V. Cain retires from his Bethel ministry

September 17, 2017: Rev. Dr. Thomas J. Boone, III installed as senior pastor


Bethel Foundation

Over the years, many members and friends of Bethel Church have made special gifts to the church above and beyond regular offerings.  Some have been memorial gifts and others have been bequests in wills or trusts.  Many have asked for a process where these special gifts can be made for the benefit of Bethel or other charitable Christian ministries with principles consistent with Bethel’s.

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