Mt. Bethel welcomes all people, regardless of ability, age, ethnicity, family status, gender, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, social or economic circumstance.  We consciously strive to create an environment of mutual respect, hospitality, and warmth in which none are strangers and all may flourish.  We would be pleased for you to join us in our journey of faith.

Our current vision statement is: To welcome, include and connect with all, so that together, we learn how God would have us love and serve.

We believe:

  • The Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit, is a faithful witness to the life of Jesus Christ, and is a living document which continues to speak to us today.
  • Through infant baptism, the parents, family, friends, and the whole church commit themselves to nurture the child in faith.
  • Christ calls us to the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper – it is not our table, it is His, and all are welcome.   Children’s participation in the Lord’s Supper is based upon their parent’s choice.
  • God speaks to all men and women equally.  Women are invited to participate in all levels of church leadership – as elders, deacons, and pastors.
  • We actively encourage youth and children to attend – and participate in – regular worship services with their parents.

We affirm:

The Session of Mt Bethel, speaking on behalf of our faith community, condemns racism. We affirm and amplify the call of Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II, the PCUSA’s Stated Clerk, for justice and reconciliation. We speak aloud the names and mourn the wrongful deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, and we remember the many other Black Americans murdered in bigotry and hate.

We confess we are part of a sinful and broken system. We confess we perpetuate racism through action and inaction. We confess that we have been slow to respond to the crisis of racism in our communities and our country.

We ask for God’s forgiveness and pray for the stamina to do the work required as the body of Christ to stand in solidarity and commit to anti-racist action. We know we must: listen intentionally and with humility; acknowledge the long-standing, thick web of racism in our lives, our church, and our country; and act according to our values of love and equality.

We are called to be God’s hands and feet in our world. By the grace of Jesus Christ, and the love of God, let us be open and committed to Spirit-saturated justice and reconciliation.

Officers and Staff:

Elders
Class of 2022:  Lori Crooks, Ed Daw, Joe Wilson
Class of 2023:  Ken Jones, Leslie Wickham
Class of 2024:   Janet Lewis, Lucy Reid, Peter Varlashkin

Kristen Pormann, Clerk of Session

Deacons
Class of 2022: Geoff Bowman, Liz Clifflord, Rosita Garrett
Class of 2023: Leah Hughes, Anne Medenblik, John Kadwell
Class of 2024: Vicki Chappell, Josette Collen, Helena Coman

Staff
Bill Chappell, Parish Associate
Amy Daw, Organist; Director of Music Ministry and Chancel Choir
Bonnie Deppenbrock, Parish Associate
Vern Van Bruggen, Parish Associate

Drexel Jackson, Staff Specialist

Rebecca Barnes, Director of Children’s and Youth Ministries

Marguerite Sirrine, Transitional Interim Pastor

Rev. Marguerite Sirrine bio:

Marguerite is a North Carolina native, graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, and with the exception of a few semesters finishing her M. Div. at Princeton Seminary in Princeton, NJ, has lived in North Carolina her entire life. She loves the mountains AND the beach. She has been both an NC State fan AND a UNC fan/alum. She has lived at one time or another in Durham, Chapel Hill AND Raleigh, and appreciates the unique cultures of each of the three points of the Triangle.

She is a second-career pastor after working twenty years in the technology sector in technical communications. Her passion for transitional ministry comes from the conviction and experience of how God’s promise of resurrection life can be realized after every type of loss, including the loss of longtime pastors in churches, or the loss of Christian faith as a central national identity in America. God is always asking us to learn a more excellent way. To God be the glory!