Pastor Scot Sorensen,
Pastor Scot Sorensen began serving as Senior Pastor at Bethel in late November 2011. His primary responsibilities are in the areas of worship, vision and stewardship. Pastor Scot has experience in urban ministry, with multiple styles of traditional and contemporary liturgical worship styles, addressing issues of poverty and homelessness, keeping a global focus while fostering international partnerships, and participating in multiple building and capital campaigns. He is excited about the rich opportunities for Bethel in the 21st century.
Prior to Bethel Pastor Scot served as Senior Pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sacramento, CA. Before Sacramento Pastor Scot was Associate Pastor at churches in Texas and California. He is a native of California, and completed his Master of Divinity at Luther Seminary in St. Paul in 1984. He is married to Kathy, who holds a Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of Texas – Austin. Kathy works at MATC. Pastor Scot and Kathy have a son, Kai.
Asked about his convictions, Pastor Sorensen identifies three prominent themes of his ministry: First is the truth that we are saved by grace through faith and this is not our own doing. Second is awareness of the resurrected Jesus in our lives - leading to the question, “Where have you encountered Jesus this week?” Third is a conviction that God is constantly calling us into a preferred and promised future and inviting us to discern and live into that reality.
Pastor Joe Brosious,
Associate Pastor and Director of Congregational Outreach
Joe is a graduate of Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, and a native of Boulder, Colorado. Joe spent ten years as a fighter pilot in the Air Force, during which he lived in South Korea, Germany and Italy. After his time in service he spent six years as managing member of Capital City Investments in Sacramento, California. Joe has extensive experience working with non-profits, including Healthy Congregations Inc., a family systems theory based organization that helps churches navigate change and the emotional processes that accompany it. Joe spent his senior year of seminary serving at St. John's Lutheran church and Duncan Falls Presbyterian church outside Columbus.
Joe has great gifts in evangelism, leadership and administration. As Director of Congregational Outreach he coordinates evangelism efforts including new members, hospitality and volunteers. He also helps Bethel stay connected to its many ministry partners.
Joe is married to his wife Lynn, who is an elementary education teacher. They have two young boys, Mason born in 2007, and Connor born in 2009.
Pastor Mike Ensrude
Acting Executive Director, Bethel Horizons
Pastor Michael Ensrude has served three parishes in Texas and is a trained Intention Interim pastor. He is serving as the Acting Director of the Bethel Horizons ministry of Bethel Lutheran Church with 35 years of experience as a Pastor in the ELCA. His spouse, Bonnie is a Kindergarten teacher in Fredericksburg, Texas. Mike and Bonnie have two children. Dr. Carryn Anderson, a radiation oncologist at the University of Iowa. She is married to Michael Anderson and they have two children: Austin and Braden. Kristen Murray and her husband Sean have one daughter: Lillian and they are both teachers in the Austin Independent School system in Austin, Texas.
Visitation & Worship
Pastor Curtis Everson was born just west of Madison in the township of Black Earth. During the Korean conflict, he served four years in the U.S. Air Force. He is a graduate of St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, where he was a History major and a member of the St. Olaf Choir. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, and did graduate work for two years at the UW-Madison.
Pr. Everson interned at North Community Lutheran Church, Columbus, Ohio; was senior pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Warren, Ohio; and for 30 years (1967-1997) at West Middleton Lutheran Church on Madison's western edge. Since his retirement in 1997, he has been on the pastoral staff of Bethel where he serves part-time in the areas of worship and visitation.
Associate Pastor and Director of Congregational Life
Pastor John Swanson was born in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, but spent most of his early years in Iowa, first in Des Moines and then in Bettendorf as the son of a Lutheran pastor. John graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois with a degree in Elementary Education. After working several jobs, including the position of Director of Christian Education and Youth at a Lutheran Church in Sterling, Illinois, he entered the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
During the summer between his first and second year in seminary John married Beth Miller in the summer of 1992. After seminary graduation and ordination, John was called to Bethel as an associate pastor in the summer of 1994.
Beth, who is a Speech Language Pathologist, works at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, where she supervises graduate students. She also has a private practice, working with children facing a variety of speech and language challenges. John and Beth have two children: Lydia, born in 1997, and Caleb, born in 2002.
John is an avid sports fan. His areas of ministry at Bethel include confirmation and youth.
Associate Pastor and Director of Congregational Care
Pr. Alison is Bethel’s Director of Congregational Care. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, and the Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago. Alison is from Tennessee, and completed an internship in Montana.