Through the years, the people of Bethlehem have gathered to celebrate, sing, and share in Christian community. Today, the rhythm of Christian life continues — in and through the gifts of this generation.
In worship, the people of Bethlehem gather to hear the Word of God, to receive the sacraments of God’s grace, and to nurture one another in Christian community.
The journey of faith is a lifelong pursuit, but thankfully Christ leads the way. God's living Spirit sustains and strengthens us as we follow Christ's call forward in service to God and one another.
Bethlehem is a family-oriented faith community where all ages and perspectives are valued and respected. We're a distinctly Lutheran community, where grace speaks with authority (often). We're a community of broken people, called to something more, and there Christ meets us.
The leadership and staff here at Bethlehem Lutheran includes a gifted team of men and women who care for one another and the mission of this church. If you have any questions for any of us, feel free to email us here. Another option: feel free to contact the church office
by phone or stop by Monday through Friday during office hours.
Pastor Nat joined Bethlehem in September of 2018 after two years of serving the Southeastern Iowa Synod as an interim pastor. A 2016 graduate of Wartburg Seminary, Nat brings 40 years of life experience and a distinctly-Lutheran perspective to BLC. Pastor Nat is married to his wife Minna (also an ELCA pastor); together they have a daughter (Ada) and a dog (Artie).
There's always something going on at Bethlehem, and no one knows that reality better than Becca Haner, Bethlehem's church administrator since February, 2019. It's Becca's responsibility to update, proof, and print the Sunday bulletin each week. Monthly, Becca oversees the publishing of BLC's newsletter in addition to updating the church's official records and calendar. Becca and husband Kyle were married in 2018; today, they live in Slater and really like the small town feel. When Becca isn't working, she enjoys exercise, healthy living, and quality time with friends and family.
Back row (from left): Matt Emery, Ben Johnson, Clint Albertson, and Jim Christensen. Middle row (from left): Rita Thorson, Brenda Neville, Bill Britton, and Lori Bosley. Front row (from left): Jessica Denner, Martha Sheldahl, and Barb Mallon.
William is an Iowa State grad with a bachelor's and master's degree in aerospace engineering and a minor in music (which is to say, our music director is essentially a rocket scientist). William is a talented musician, a loyal ISU alum, and a software engineer (in his spare time). Outside of music, William's other hobbies include juggling and playing chess.