Meet Our Pastors
Meet all of our pastors!
Pastor Mike Brown
Lead Pastor • Pastor Mike brings a wealth of experience to Bethel Lutheran Church. Born and raised in Odessa, Texas, Pastor Mike developed a real appreciation for Latin culture. This lead him to study Latin American history in college where he graduated with a BA from Texas Lutheran University. He received a Master of Divinity from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, and Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. His doctoral project was on the Lutheran Future in Postmodern America.
Pastor Margo R. Martens
Worship, Visitation Pastor (part-time) • Pastor Margo R. Martens graduated from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, doing her under-graduate work at Mankato State in Mankato, MN.
Pastor Jerry Tews
Interim Support Pastor (part-time) • Jerry was ordained on July 7, 1968, at Zion Lutheran Church, Caledonia Township, outside of Fremont, WI, as a member of the North Wisconsin District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
Pastor John O. Swanson
Director of Congregational Life • Pastor John O. 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.