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Rev. Dr. Daniel Schrock, 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 also has a PhD in Systematic Theology from Westminster Seminary and wrote a dissertation on the theology of Herman Bavinck.

In March 2021, he moved to Wheaton to take the call as the Associate Pastor at Bethel, OPC. His call was later changed, and he was installed as the Pastor in May 2023. Daniel’s mother grew up in Schaumburg, 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.

Elders

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Paul Burke

Paul joined Bethel with his family in 1999, and he has been an elder since 2009. He was a deacon at Bethel and his prior St. Louis PCA church before assuming the role of elder. Paul is employed as a Technical Analyst for Mitel. He and his wife Linda are the parents of three daughters.
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Greg De Jong

Greg De Jong has been a part of Bethel since 1990, and the church has been a significant blessing to him, his wife Kathy and their three (now grown) children. In addition to serving as a ruling elder, Greg has been active with various committees for our presbytery and the OPC denomination. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking and videography.
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Michael LoRusso

Mike has been a member of Bethel since 2020 and, in addition to his role as ruling elder, he serves as a Bethel Trustee and manages the church's finances as treasurer. He co-leads one of Bethel's Community Groups and has previously served as Physical Plant Committee chair. Mike retired from a career as a publishing supply chain services executive in 2019. He and his wife Barbara are originally from the Philadelphia area and have lived in the Chicagoland area since 2017. They have been married since 1986 and have two grown and married daughters, and have three (soon to be four) granddaughters.
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Jason Martzke

Jason has been a member of Bethel since 2009 and served as a deacon from 2013 to 2023. He was ordained as an elder in 2024. He works in analytics at Tyson Foods. He and his wife Michele have two children. A trombonist and music lover, Jason also serves on Bethel's music committee.
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Benjamin Thocher

Ben grew up in western Michigan and attended Philadelphia Biblical University where he met his wife, Angie. Ben graduated with an MAR from Westminster Theological Seminary in 2010 and currently works at Crossway in Wheaton, IL. Ben and Angie currently live in North Aurora, IL with their three daughters, Lillian, Eleanor, and Maisie. They have been members at Bethel since 2015.

Deacons

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Mike Bakker

Mike Bakker was born and raised in the Christian Reformed Denomination, moved to Naperville, and joined Bethel in 1999. Mike started serving as deacon in 2005 and has also served on committees for physical plant and trustees, and has been chair of all 3 at some point. Mike is married to Dawn, and they have three adult children Alec, Justin and Kelsey. Mike is owner of Dutchman Heating and Cooling, Inc. since 2005.
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Dwight Bonnes

Dwight is a retired heavy truck mechanic . He has been married to his wife, Beth, for 43 years and they have raised two daughters and a son during that time. They currently enjoy spending time with their children and seven grandchildren. As a deacon, Dwight takes care of Bethel's church bus and helps out our members who have car issues. He also volunteers at Outreach community ministries at their Jubilee Cars ministry.
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Dan Bootsma

Dan has been a member at Bethel since 2000, and served as a deacon since 2002. He is employed by Waste Management as a truck driver. Dan and his wife, Kristy, have 3 grown children and 2 grandchildren.
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Chad Czerwinski

Chad has been a member of the OPC since 2002 and has been serving in the office of deacon since 2022. He has spent his career building and pouring concrete as a Carpenter Superintendent in downtown Chicago. He is married to his wife, Shari, and they have two grown children.
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Tony Engeltjes

Tony and his wife, Rachel, have been members of Bethel OPC since 2012. He has served as a deacon since 2016. Tony and Rachel have two children.
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Ben Leonard

Ben Leonard has been a member of Bethel since 2018 and was elected Deacon in 2024. He is employed by Quaker Houghton where he develops lubricating greases. He also volunteers in several jail and jail-related ministries in the area.
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Russ Meyer

Russ has been a member of Bethel since 2000 and a deacon since 2016. In addition to being a deacon, he has served Bethel on the physical plant committee and as a member of the trustees. He is employed in the construction field where he operates heavy equipment. Russ grew up in Sugar Grove and now lives with his family in Big Rock. He and his wife, Bonnie, have three children.
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Bryan Schneider

Bryan and his wife, Alissa, joined Bethel in 2002. Bryan has served as a deacon since 2005. Bryan and his wife have two boys, Davis and Palmer. Bryan is a partner with Professional Wealth Advisors LLC.
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Matt Schuman

Matt and his family have been at Bethel since 2015 and have two children, Levi and Clara. Matt has served as a deacon since 2019 and works in IT. He and his wife, Kate, have also been youth leaders at Bethel for many years.
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Doug Slager

Doug and his wife Anne joined Bethel Presbyterian Church in 2016 and Doug was elected to the office of deacon in 2024. Doug previously served as the Grounds coordinator and currently serves as a Trustee for the church. Doug is employed as a mechanical engineer by BorgWarner and he and Anne have four children and all are avid Cubs fans.

Administrative Staff

Linda Burke, Administrative Assistant
Shari Czerwinski, Administrative Assistant
Jacob Williams, Intern
Kevin Godsey, Intern
Hans Mininger, Intern