Bethany Staff

Bethany United Methodist Church’s full time and part time staff and ministers are dedicated to serving the needs of the Church and would be happy to talk to you and help you in any way we can! Feel free to call the church and ask to speak with any staff,  or use our contact form to send an email to the office.

Pastoral Staff

Pastor Andrew Cooney
Senior Pastor
 
Passionate about the Kingdom of God and his family, Andrew is married to Kelly and they have three children: Ceanna, Abi, and Micah.
 
Educated at Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv) and Asbury Seminary (DMin) he has interests in spiritual development, leadership, and entrepreneurial ministry. In his spare time he enjoys movies, music, hunting, and reading.
 
Pastor Brenda Lewis Associate Pastor
I continue to give God praise, for all that God has done and continues to do in my life. In this role and in all that I do, My journey includes fifteen years of marriage to Harry Lewis, being Mom to two adult sons, Donte and Steven, and later being Mom to Jessica and Justin; along with being Grandma to Donte, Jr., Tiquan, Toni and Saxon.
 
I look forward to getting to know each of you and the opportunity to continue the rich ministry of Bethany. My prayer is, as disciples of Jesus Christ, that all may experience the love, hope and peace of the Kingdom of God here on earth, as we transform the world.
 
Pastor of Children & Family Ministries
 
Cathy has a Masters in Worship Studies and is a graduate of the Course of Study program at Wesley Seminary. She serves Bethany as a Licensed Local Pastor, as well as our Pastor of Children & Family Ministries. Cathy and her family joined Bethany in 1992.
Tim Jones
Director, Youth Ministries
 
Tim loves sharing with people the Jesus he knows. Tim joins Bethany’s staff with over 20 years of full-time ministry experience including time as a Young Life Leader, a Youth Pastor, a Young Adults Pastor, church planter, and a Sr. Pastor.
 
He is married to Lisa and they have two children, Carly and Jonathan. In his spare time he loves exercising, hanging out with his family, heading to the beach, and walking his dog.
Tim Ferrell
Director of Group Life & Discipleship 
 
Tim’s passion is to mobilize, equip, and serve the church of Jesus, equipping followers of Jesus for a lifetime of ministry among those distanced from Him. Tim also serves with The Navigators Church Discipleship Ministry. Tim and his wife, Amy, have been active at Bethany since 2003. They have been blessed with six children, and enjoy lots of grandchildren!
Don Burgard
Director of Congregational Care
 
Don assists the pastors in caring for the members by visiting in area hospitals and homes and offering his listening ears and prayers. As a pastor in the Baltimore-Washington Conference Don served churches in both Maryland and West Virginia. Recently retired, He received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC. Don and his wife Linda have been married for 53 years and have two children. 

Music Staff 

Susan Ricker
Director of Music
In addition to being Director of Music, Susan also directs Bethany’s handbell choirs and has been our organist since 1979. Retired from teaching music in Baltimore County, she is now a choral accompanist for the Howard County school system.  When not playing or directing, Susan and her husband, Keith, enjoy spending time with their basset hounds, Lilly and Lucy, and traveling to CA to visit with family – especially their 2  granddaughters, Katherine and Hazel.

Chris Hettenbach

Chancel Choir Director

Chris directs our adult Chancel Choir, which sings at our 11 a.m. Sunday service and presents special events each year. Past performances include Handel’s Messiah, Rutter’s Magnificat, Vivaldi‘s Gloria and Amahl and the Night Visitors. Chris is also Director of Choral Activities and Music Department Chair at Mt Hebron High School, where he directs more than 100 singers and 9 performing groups. 
 
Julie Saitta
 
Youth Choir Director
In addition,
Bethany has 2 Children’s choirs
Kirsten Earp
Cherub Choir director
Age 3 to Grade 1
Sally Marshall
Carol Choir director
Grades 2 to 5

Administrative Staff  (click here to contact the office)

Martha Rose
Financial Administrator
Linda Roberts
Facilities Manager
John Richardson, Sexton 
Bettina Wachter
Office Administrator
Nancy Pitrone
Director of Communications