Bethany Baptist Church

Connecting Our Community to Christ
Salem, Oregon

Church Staff

Dr. Tim Baker, Senior Pastor –

BAKER, TIM; (Staff)44Tim came to Bethany in August 1994 to serve as youth pastor, and in January 1999 became the senior pastor. He and Marcy have been married for nearly 30 years, have four adult sons and two dogs. Tim graduated from Corban University in 1989 and served as a youth pastor in Idaho for five years before coming to Bethany. He has since completed training at Multnomah Biblical Seminary (M.A.B.S., M.Div.) and Western Seminary (D.Min.). He serves on the board at Corban, as well as on the leadership council for Baptist Network Northwest. He is known to watch a little football in the fall, and attempts to catch a fish or two in the summer.

 Casey Lute, Associate Pastor –

LUTE, CASEY; (Staff)77Casey and his wife Kelly began attending Bethany in the fall of 2009, and after serving in a variety of capacities, he came on staff as Associate Pastor in February 2014. Casey and Kelly have four children–two sons and two daughters. Casey holds degrees from Corban University (B.S.) and The Master’s University (M.A.B.S.), and previously served as a pastor at churches in California and Colorado. He also works as an adjunct professor at Corban in the Christian Ministry department, and he once wrote a book that his parents really liked.


Jarren Baker, Youth Pastor –

BAKER, JARREN; (Staff)24Jarren has been working at Bethany as the Youth Pastor since 2013. He graduated from Corban University in 2013 with a degree in Student and Family Ministries, and immediately moved from the role of youth intern to youth pastor in May. He is currently pursuing studies at Corban University’s School of Ministry for an M.Div. in Church Leadership. Jarren spent a year at Baptists for Israel Institute, earning a one-year certificate in Israel Studies. He serves regionally with Northwest Youth Ministries and on the leadership council of Baptist Network Northwest. He enjoys playing music, ultimate frisbee, and fishing on Detroit Lake.


Joe Mogford, Worship Director –

Joe grew up in Idaho in a pastor’s family and began attending Bethany in the fall of 2002 when he moved to Salem as a college student. He has served on the worship team and in other ministries over the years, taking on the role of worship director in 2015. Joe and His wife Ashley have four children–three sons and one daughter. Joe also works as an English and Social Studies teacher at Oregon Connections Academy. He holds degrees from Corban University (B.S. and M.S. Ed.). He loves stories and the many ways they are told.

Sandy Elliott, Administrative Assistant –


Sandy has attended Bethany since 1985 and has worked at Bethany since 2002 with a short break at the end of 2007 to mid 2010. Sandy graduated from Corban University in 1987 with a BS in Elementary Education but chose to be a Mom instead of teaching. She has worked in many Administrative Positions since college when she worked for Dr. Balyo at WBC. Sandy has been married to Brian for 32 years and they have three adult children and two grand kids, a spoiled rotten poodle and one grand kitty. She enjoys the many different aspects of being a church Admin. Asst. but is most happy when she can be in the kitchen cooking and serving others.

Nelson Zarfas, Finance Director –


Jason Horton, Upward Sports League Director –

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Chris & Hannah McCain, Custodians –

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