Alan Lenz - Senior Pastor
I was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland. I was saved in the summer of 1978 as a Seaman Recruit in the U.S. Navy. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1983, I was commissioned an Ensign in the Navy and after serving on active duty for 10 years, I was called to vocational ministry. Transferring to the Naval Reserve, I enrolled as a student at the Master’s Seminary and graduated in 1996 with a Master of Divinity degree.
Following graduation from seminary I served as the Senior Pastor of the Buena Park Bible Church in Orange County, California. There I met and and married the former Brooke Johnson of Yorba Linda, California. Having served at Buena Park for 3-1/2 years, I was then called back to the Navy to serve as a Chaplain - a capacity in which I served for sixteen years. My naval service took me to Newport, Rhode Island; Rota, Spain; to locations throughout the Mediterranean; to Hawaii, Washington state, and the San Diego area; and also included two combat deployments in Iraq.
I retired from the Navy in 2015. In 2014, I was called to serve as the Associate Pastor of Tri-City Bible Church in Vista, California where I ministered for 6-1/2 years until the Lord called me to be the Senior Pastor of Bethany Community Fellowship in the summer of 2021.
My wife, Brooke, and I have been married since 1997 and have five wonderful children.
God’s Word In My Life
A verse that continues to be of great encouragement to me both in my personal walk with the Lord and in my ministry is Philippians 1:6
… And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Christ Jesus.
This verse speaks of the work the Lord does in drawing each of us, His chosen ones, to Himself at the moment of our salvation. And then, from the moment of salvation, we begin the process of progressive sanctification, becoming more like Christ, the Lord’s work in each of us. And finally, there is our glorification that will take place when He returns. As believers, we are secure in this knowledge.
Bryan Troutman - Elder
I have been blessed by God to be a member of Bethany Community Fellowship since 2006. In addition to serving as an Elder, I have had the privilege of teaching almost every age group, having been involved in music ministry and discipleship. It has been a blessing to see how the Lord has cared for Bethany through the years, and how the people have grown to love one another.
My wife, Jennifer, and I live in Temperance, Michigan. We have been married since 1981 and are thankful for God's gift of four children, all of whom have a heart for the Lord. I am thrilled by their interest in missions and concern for the lost. Together they have blessed us with five grandchildren who are a great joy.
I retired from 32 years of teaching as a band director and music teacher, but remain active as a substitute teacher.
God’s Word In My Life
God has been and continues to be faithful to me in many ways. He has added me to His family and forgives my sins every day. Bible verses that are significant to me are John 1:16
… “For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace”
and Lamentations 3:22-23
… “The Lord’s loving kindness indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”
God’s saving grace is fathomless, never ending.
His sustaining grace and daily provision is truly amazing.
Glenn Webster - Elder
My family became members of Bethany in 2004, and as the years have passed we have become very thankful for the expositional preaching at our church. It has been spiritually profitable to hear preaching verse by verse, section by section through whole books of the Bible. We have seen the Lord work in our lives and hearts through the teaching and preaching of the Word of God and the body of believers at Bethany.
My wife Marie, and I were married in 1980 and have seven children. They have blessed us with a whole bunch of beautiful grandchildren. We live in Temperance, Michigan. I make my living by selling incomplete vehicles to the transportation industry that are built into people movers, buses, shuttles, and vehicles equipped with wheelchair lifts. When I am not involved in family, church activities, or working, I enjoy woodworking.
God's Word in My Life
The Gospel of John is my favorite book of the Bible. John wrote his Gospel so that you and I might believe (have faith) … that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name
. (John 20:31
We know that this world is not our home. When we believe in HIs name, we are give the right to become children of God and to have life everlasting.
I am thankful to be working side by side with my brothers in the Lord as we seek to love the Lord, our neighbors, and make disciples of Jesus Christ. My desire is that God would continue to strengthen my faith in Him until I go to be with Him.
Casey Jacobs - Elder
I was born and raised here in Toledo, Ohio and for the past 25 years I have served in the healthcare profession as a Nurse Anesthetist. When the Lord saved me in 1995, he gave to me a passion for missions and discipleship… proclaiming Christ, admonishing and teaching every man with all wisdom, in order to present every man mature or complete in Christ (Colossians 1:28)
. By His grace, God has provided me with a robust education and many opportunities to serve others on medical missions and through gospel ministry.
The Lord led my wife and I to Bethany in 2018, where we have been blessed to be a part of a genuine loving community of faith. My wife, Michelle, and I have been married since 1998 and we have four teen-aged children who keep us busy in the Sylvania community.
I enjoy watching sports, playing board games, spending time with friends and family, visiting the beach, and reading history and theology books.
In addition to serving as an Elder, I am involved in teaching Youth & Young Adults, as well as providing oversight for the church’s local and global missions ministry.
God’s Word In My Life
I believe that God meets us where we are, but He desires that we do not remain there. In his letter to the Church in Philippi, the Apostle Paul wrote: “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus… Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that all will hear of you, that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the sake of the gospel.
From the moment of justification by faith in Jesus Christ, God has ordained to sanctify those whom He has called to be His children. As believers, according to the work of the Holy Spirit within us, we are called to partner in that process and to strive for spiritual growth and maturity that upholds the truth of the gospel, as a testimony to the church and to a lost and dying world.