The Orthodox Presbyterian Church
The Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) was founded on June 11, 1936 amidst the fundamentalist-modernist controversy, when many mainline Presbyterian churches were abandoning the historic Christian faith and its foundation in the Bible, God’s authoritative and infallible Word. To read more of its history go here.
The Presbytery of the Midwest
Bethel is part of the Presbytery of the Midwest (PMW), which is the governing body over congregations of the OPC in the region of the Midwest (Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin). For more information go here.
Christ has commissioned his church to “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”
We resolve to be faithful to this call as a worshipping community—by faithfully preaching God’s Word, by properly administering the sacraments, by lovingly exercising church discipline, and by aiming for the glory of God in all things.
We strive to honor the Bible as the infallible Word of God—by teaching all of its system of doctrine (as contained in the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms), by embracing all that it promises, by obeying all that it commands, and in so doing, always being reformed by it.
We desire to guard the stewardship of the gospel and its sovereign grace—by exalting the Lord Jesus Christ in his perfect obedience, his satisfactory death, his powerful resurrection, and his second coming; and by inviting all to repentance and saving faith in Christ alone.
We seek to nurture the growth of the communion of saints in our mutual responsibilities—by encouraging each other to love God with all our heart and to walk in holiness, by loving and praying for one another, and by serving one another through hospitality, fellowship, acts of mercy, and the gifts of the Spirit.
We answer God’s call to the world as individuals—by loving our neighbor, by testifying to our hope in Christ, and by being the salt of the earth and the light of the world. We answer God’s call to the world as a body—by reaching the community with the gospel, by partnering with those who take the gospel to the ends of the earth, and by praying to the Lord to send out laborers into his harvest until he returns to gather his church.
As a member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Bethel is committed to the historic and biblical Christian faith. We believe that the biblical system of doctrine is summarized in the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Larger Catechism and the Shorter Catechism (as adopted by the OPC).
Craig Troxel, Pastor
Pastor Troxel has been the pastor of Bethel since 2007. He was born and raised in western Nebraska and has degrees from Anderson University (B.A.), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.A.T.S.) and Westminster Theological Seminary (Ph.D.). Before coming to Bethel he was the pastor of Calvary OPC in Glenside, PA from 1995-2007. He is also an adjunct professor at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA and at Mid-America Reformed Seminary in Dyer, IN.
Charles Williams, Associate Pastor
Pastor Williams was ordained and installed as the Associate Pastor of Bethel Presbyterian Church in November 2016. He was born and raised in north Florida, and earned his A.A. from St. Johns River Community College (Orange Park, FL), his B.A. (History) and M.A. (European History) from the University of North Florida (Jacksonville, FL), and an M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia, PA). Before entering seminary in 2011, Charles taught high school world history for several years, and served as the assistant director for the male boarding program at the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida.