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Canon for Leadership Development

Bishop Andrew Williams ordained the Rev. Brian Bethke to the priesthood on Saturday, August 31, 2019. Rev. Brian came to us as an ordained minister from Free Christian Church in Andover, MA. He is now serving the diocese as Canon for Leadership Development and Deployment, continuing the work he has engaged with both in the military and as a minister.

Brian is a California native who moved to New England in 2017 after retiring from 21 years of active duty military service in The United States Marine Corps as a Chief Warrant Officer-4. During his military service, Brian had the opportunity to serve in cross-cultural ministry throughout Europe and the Middle East. His pastoral experience includes serving as the Outreach Director at Rancho Baptist Church in Temecula, CA; Pastor of Tribes 4 Christ Community Church on the La Jolla Indian Reservation; and most recently as the North Andover Campus Director of Operations at Free Christian Church in Andover, MA. Additionally, he has served in non-profit roles as the New England Director of Church Multiplication for the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference, Vice President of Tribes 4 Christ Inc., and as an adjunct Professor of Leadership with Transformational Leadership in Africa Inc.

Brian is a graduate of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently working on his Doctor of Ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, with an emphasis of ministry in a New England context. He is also a Harold J. Ockenga Fellow, which studies the intersection of faith and culture. Brian’s passion is to equip and empower Gospel-centered missional leaders, committed to courageous leadership and holistic transformation in New England and beyond.

He has three children (Gabby 25, Brian Jr. 21, Madison 19). Brian and his wife Erica live in Haverhill and enjoy hiking, kayaking, tasting new wine and “adventuring” around together.

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