Bethel Bible Church's Shared Beliefs Build Bridges Across Tyler, TX
Bethel Bible Church’s five campuses make worship personal.
People moving to Tyler enjoy a community that brings together the opportunities of a larger city with the neighborliness of a smaller town. They discover those same qualities at Bethel Bible Church.
With up to 1,600 people attending Sunday services before the pandemic, the nondenominational church offers members and guests a connection to a large church family.
But because those services are held at five campuses across the area, each one has the warmth and intimacy of a small church. At one campus, 500 or more worshipers may gather. At another campus, there may be 150.
“Having five campuses allows us to keep our small-church feeling while having a large-church impact on missions and lives,” says Senior Pastor Ross Strader.
Campuses are located Downtown Tyler and in Henderson, North Tyler, Whitehouse and South Tyler. Unlike some multicampus churches where a single pastor delivers the Sunday message from a central location on a video screen, each Bethel campus has its own pastors.
“We decentralize discipleship and centralize governance, administration and missions,” Strader says.
Pastors at each campus teach the same Bible passages each Sunday and individually prepare their messages.
“Sunday mornings look and feel different at each campus,” Strader adds. “We’re united by our belief statement. The expression of that can differ at each campus.”
Bethel’s approach to governance and worship is popular with members. The church has more than doubled in size over the past few years.
It has a global impact, supporting church planting in West Africa, as well as a local focus.
The Foundry coffeehouse at the Downtown campus is one example, creating a welcoming space while giving back to the community and being part of the revitalization of downtown Tyler.
“We feel our smaller campuses help build community. We want to be a place where people can be known and know each other,” Strader concludes.
If You Go:
- Bethel Downtown: 202 S. Broadway Ave. Tyler, TX 75703
- Bethel Henderson: 2324 FM 3135 Henderson, TX 75652
- Bethel Hope: 504 W. 32nd St. Tyler, TX 75702
- Bethel South: 17121 U.S. Hwy. 69 S. Tyler, TX 75702
- Bethel Whitehouse: 306 Hwy. 110 N. Whitehouse, TX 75791
Learn more about Bethel Bible Church.