Our Vision: We are "A People Set Free to Serve Fully"
Our Mission: Bethel CRC exists to encourage people to take their next steps into maturity and service in Christ,
with the help of the Holy Spirit, and for the glory of God the Father.
OUR CORE VALUES
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Our Statement Of Faith
We are part of a denomination known as the Christian Reformed Church in North America. Each of these words tells something about who we are:
We call ourselves Christian because we are followers of Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus was the Son of God, that he is the center of human history, and that he should be the center of our own lives.
We are called Reformed because we are part of a church that emerged from the Protestant Reformation in sixteenth-century Europe.
We are a Church because we believe that God has called us together to be a people who worship and glorify Him in all that we do.
North America tells you where we are located but also tells you that we are connected to other Reformed denominations around the world.
We believe in the five great truths of the Reformation:
Scripture Alone - We believe that the Bible is the ultimate authority for faith and life, and is the inspired and infallible Word of God.
Christ Alone - We believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to God. Jesus fully paid the penalty for our sins with his perfect life and his death on the cross, and nothing we can do can add to the work of Christ for us.
Grace Alone - We believe that we can do nothing to make ourselves right with God. Only God deserves credit for our salvation. Through his mercy and grace alone we are made right with God and restored to fellowship with him and with each other.
Faith Alone - We believe that by faith alone we receive the benefits and blessings of Christ's death. We must receive in trust all that he has accomplished for our salvation. Our good works do not earn us salvation; rather they are a grateful response to our salvation.
Glory to God Alone - We believe that we now live to bring glory to God. Both as individuals and as a church, we seek in all that we do to bring honor to the God who made us, redeemed us, and loves us with an everlasting love.
In addition to these five basic truths, our perspective is shaped by three confessions that find their roots in the Reformation.
1. The Heidelberg Catechism. This document explains and discusses the Apostle's Creed, the sacraments,
the Ten Commandments and the Lord's Prayer
2. The Canons of Dort. This is a defense of what is sometimes known as the "Five Points of Calvinism".
3. The Belgic Confession. This is a defense and explanation of the Reformed understanding of salvation.
REV. ROGER SPARKS/PASTOR
Pastor Roger Sparks came to Bethel CRC in September 2021 as our STM Pastor. Pastor Sparks will guide us as we begin the search for a new full time pastor to serve at Bethel CRC. Pastor Sparks and his wife, Dianne, served at Luverne CRC before coming to Waupun. They have 4 grown children and many grandchildren.
BECKY VANDER WERFF - CHILDREN'S MINISTRY DIRECTOR
Becky has been working with the kids of Bethel for 8 years and has enjoyed watching each of the kids grow in Christ. Becky enjoys following her kids and husband to various sporting activities throughout the year.
Jayne lives in Waupun, only about a block from church. She has three grown children. In addition to cleaning at Bethel she also cleans several homes and some businesses in the Waupun area.
CHRISTINA KARTECHNER/ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Christina has been working in the church office since June 2021. Christina enjoys working behind the scenes at church and keeping members connected and informed of everything that is happening at church. Christina lives in Waupun with her husband, Brian and their 2 daughters.
Lisa has been doing the bookkeeping for church for almost 9 years now. she enjoys reading and making "scrap" books on Shutterfly! She also loves spending time with her family. It doesn't matter if they are going up north to go snowmobiling, going out for supper, or staying at home to watch a movie and eat popcorn, any time spent with her husband and kids is what she loves most!
BETHEL CRC SEEKS TO BE...
A FAITHFUL CHURCH
Founded upon the Scriptures.
A COMPASSIONATE CHURCH
Showing love to neighbors nearby and far away.
AN ACTIVE CHURCH
With programs for people of all ages.
We have many community outreach programs. Take a look below and see what your best fit would be.
"Not being from the area and not having any family nearby is very challenging. Bethel has made us feel very welcome, we really enjoy Pastor Jeff's sermons. It was such an easy transition at a time when our children were young and we really needed the nursery and Children's Walk-Out Worship. Our children continue to enjoy Sunday School and now Cadets as well. Our entire family, enjoys fellowship, has developed relatioships and we are truly enjoying Bethel."