Our Church Staff
Bethel's professional staff consists of a full time Pastor, part time Music Director and Accompanist.
Rev. Karen J. Aitkens - Pastor
Reverend Karen J. Aitkens graduated with a Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in 2000. She served for six years at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Ferguson, MO. In 2007 she accepted a call to serve as Bethel's pastor. She received degrees from Central Missouri University (formerly Central Missouri State University) in Education and a Masters in Theatre and taught English, Communications and Theatre in the Raytown School District for several years before pursuing her ministry degree. Both she and her husband Terry were born and raised in the Kansas City area and are glad to be back.
Jeremy Faust - Minister of Music
Jeremy Faust is the church organist and leads the Bethel Choir, Bell Choir, and Contemporary Music service. Jeremy is a band director in the North Kansas City School District. Jeremy graduated from Oak Park High School in Kansas City and received his Bachelors in Music Education from Texas Christian University. He has received his Masters in Education Technology from MidAmerica Nazarene University and completed his Education Specialist degree in Secondary Administration from NWMSU.
Chad Willis - Accompanist
Chad graduated from Ridgeway R-V Schools and received a Bachelors of Arts in Music Education from College of the Ozarks. Before taking the job of accompanist at Winnetonka High School, he taught vocal music K-12 for Clever Schools. He served as Elementary Choral Vice President for the South Central District. He currently sings with the KC Symphony Chorus and has been a member of Springfield Mid-America Singers and Northland Community Choir. Chad stays busy as a keyboardist for musical theater productions in the KC Metro Area.