L. Wright Eavenson, Pastor

Bro. Wright has served as Pastor here at Bethel since March of 2006. Wright is a native of New Orleans, LA, and a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Music Education and from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. His wife Ruth is a Certified Shorthand Reporter and works throughout the Chicagoland area. Wright and Ruth have two grown sons, Daniel and Timothy. Thanks to Tim and his wife Katie, they enjoy being grandparents to Leo, Lola and Cruz.


Gary Harner, Associate Pastor

Gary Harner has served as Associate Pastor of Discipleship at Bethel since 2012. Born in Paducha, KY, Gary was raised in Southern Illinois.  Gary graduated from Union University in Jackson, TN with a Bachelor of Arts major in Bible and from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Frot Worth, TX with a master of Divinity.  
Gary and his wife Nancy bring a wealth of experience to the ministry here at Bethel having completed a pastorate of 25+ years in South Chicago Heights, IL. The Harners have two grown children, Angie, a costume designer in NY and Daniel, an accountant in South Holland, IL.


Dan Whalen, Minister of Worship

Dan came on staff, permanently, January 1, 2018. He has served bivocationally at FBC Manteno prior to beginning his service with us. He is employed by Gordon Electric and lives in Bradley,IL  He and his wife, Cara, have 4 children and have participated in numerour plays, musicals and dramas in the Kankakee area.


Miss Amanda Winkle, Church Secretary

Amanda Winkle has been a long-time member of Bethel Baptist Church and is excited and honored to be serving in her home church as Secretary. She is the daughter of Larry and Fran Winkle and the older sister to Larry and Amy. A graduate of Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School, she enjoys performing in local community theatre groups, singing, playing piano, learning clarinet, playing trivia, watching game shows, and reading. Along with serving as Secretary, she serves on the Counting Committee, participates on worship team, seasonal choirs, and serves as the Truth & Training Secretary for our AWANA clubs. She's very excited that God has called her to this position and looks forward to continuing to serve Bethel and its members in this way.