The vision statement at Bethany is “Know God, Love God, Share God.”
It’s a simple description of what we strive to be and do. The overarching mission of every church is the Great Commission, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8 NRSV). The second part about being a witness is what we are called to do. The first part, being empowered by the Holy Spirit, is the heart-power for that work. Jesus said it well, “apart from me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5b). We know that it all begins with being rooted in God.
And so we want to be a church that seeks to know God better, love God deeper, and share God everywhere. God first reached down to us through Jesus his Son and showed himself to us as love. In love, Jesus took on human form, in love, Jesus lived a humble life, in love, he offered his life as our sacrifice and was beaten and died. And in love he rose again, offered us peace and reconciliation with God, and commanded us to know God better, love God deeper, and share God everywhere, inside the church with fellow believers, but also outside the walls of the church, near and far.
Lead Pastor – Reverend Errol Cooper (email@example.com)
Reverend Errol Cooper is a graduate of Howard University and holds a Doctor of Ministry in Worship, Spirituality, and Preaching from Drew University and a Master of Divinity from New York Theological Seminary.
Reverend Cooper’s goal is to lead the people of God to greater knowledge of God and a deeper relationship with Christ our Lord by feeding them the Word of God and shepherding the people of God to be better equipped to accomplish the work and purpose of God in the world, and to share with the world that true life and freedom is found only in Jesus the Christ.
Reverend Cooper is a proud father of two boys and married to his wife, Terry-Ann Cooper since 2000.
Music Director – Jodie Kim (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jodie Kim started playing piano at age 3. After graduating Manhattan School of Music, she pursued a career as a Piano teacher, educating young children in NJ and NY. She’s been blessed with a growing number of students each year and loves being able to help the young minds appreciate music. Jodie leads our excellent choir. She enjoys a GOOD cup of coffee, likes to watch movies with her husband, Jung, and loves spending time with their baby daughter Sion.