The Journey of Faith Continues.

SINCE 1878

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. 

Our Beliefs

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.  

Meet Our Team

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.

  • Nat Bothwell - Pastor

    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).

  • Marlene Fairchild - Secretary

    You can find Marlene in the church office every morning, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – noon. Besides greeting church members and other visitors as they stop by the church, Marlene stays busy typing up weekly church bulletins, gathering items for the monthly newsletter, and keeping in contact with church volunteers. Marlene and her husband Mike have been members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church since 1982. They have two daughters, Alyssa and Hannah.

  • Bethlehem's Church Council

    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 Polzin - Organist & Music Leader

    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.