ABOUT US

Our Mission

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.

Our Beliefs

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).

Westminster Confession of Faith
Larger Catechism
Shorter Catechism

Staff

Rev. Dr. Deryck Barson, Senior Pastor

Deryck was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. As a teen, he had a passion for Christ and his church, and sensed a call to pastoral ministry. After a few years as an entrepreneur and business owner, while being very involved in the life of the local church, Deryck moved with his wife Cathy and their 18-month old son Jed to midtown Manhattan to plant a church at the end of 1999.

In God’s goodness and kindness, he blessed that work and established it even to this day. It’s here that their two girls were born, Tori and Abigail, at a hospital next to Central Park. This is also the reason for his love for New York sports teams. And yes, even the Knicks during the last twenty years of wilderness wonderings—pray for him!

After many teary goodbyes to dear friends, a church, and a city they’d come to love as their own, the Barson family moved to Philadelphia in 2011 for Deryck to continue his education, where he received a Masters and PhD degree (Historical Theology). During their time in Philadelphia, the Barsons worshipped at Tenth Presbyterian Church (PCA), where Deryck served as a minister for four years.

The Barsons moved to Wheaton, Illinois, in June 2020 for Deryck to serve as senior pastor of Bethel Presbyterian Church (OPC). He counts it a great privilege and joy to be here, and is excited about the ministry and future of Bethel. The Barsons live in Wheaton, have the sweetest Australian Shepherd puppy called Roxi, and enjoy savoring the tasty Midwest offerings around town. You might also bump into Deryck on the golf course on occasion.

Rev. Daniel Schrock, Associate Pastor

Daniel grew up in a dusty galaxy far, far away in the town of Farmington, New Mexico. In 2007 he convinced his midwestern wife Eliza to marry him and follow him across the country to Philadelphia. There Daniel worked as the Youth Director, Interim Pastor, and Pastor at a Presbyterian congregation in Northeast Philly. He and Eliza have two spritely daughters, Anastasia and Eliana, who test Daniel’s patience as well as fill his life with incredible joy.

He received a BA in Philosophy from New Mexico State University and an MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He is presently working on a PhD in Systematic Theology from Westminster Seminary with a dissertation focusing on the theology of Herman Bavinck.

In March 2021, he moved to Wheaton to take the call as the Associate Pastor at Bethel, OPC. Daniel’s mother grew up in Schaumberg and he loves finally living in Chicagoland. It is good for his soul (though perhaps not his waistline) at last to have access to a steady supply of deep-dish pizza and Portillo’s hot dogs. He is a lifelong Chicago Bears fan who is still perplexed by the Bears’ decision to fire Lovie Smith.

Daniel has a passion for preaching, teaching, college ministry, loving people, cultivating the communion of the saints, and training up leaders for the church.

Our Affiliation

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.