Care Ministries

MAILING ADDRESS:
10010 Anderson Mill Road
Austin, TX 78750
OFFICE HOURS:
Mon-Thu, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday, 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
PHONE: 512-258-6017
FAX: 512-331-8843
Emergency After Hrs (Fri-Sun):  512-924-3212
CONTACT US:  You may contact most of our staff by calling the church office, by email, or by using our online Contact Form
PRAYER REQUEST:  You may submit prayer requests using the online Prayer Request Form
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Care Ministries Pastor
Dave Lutz
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Phone:512-310-9451
Cell:512-876-3054
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Pastor Lutz has been working part-time as Bethany’s Care Ministries Pastor since the summer of 2002. His major responsibilities are working with older adults, visitation of the sick and homebound, and working with those who have dementia and their caregivers (through the Alzheimer’s Support Group as facilitator and the House of Friends in a variety of roles—working with participants, leading worship, serving on the Strategic Planning Team and the Program Team). He also teaches two courses for Caregiver University: Powerful Tools for Caregivers and The Savvy Caregiver. In addition, he teaches Disciple, Spirit Walk, and adult Sunday School classes, primarily on topics of the Bible, history, and archeology. He has worked in the field of higher education as professor, administrator, and program director for over 30 years. He also has served as associate pastor, pastor, and interim pastor in churches in Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. He is a retired ordained elder in the New York Annual Conference and has been working at Bethany after moving to the Austin area. He has a B.A. cum laude from Bucknell University, the B.D. and M.Div. from Colgate Rochester Divinity School, and the Ph.D. in Old Testament Studies from Drew University.
 
 
Care Ministries Pastor
Charlotte Matzinger
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Phone:512-258-6017
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Charlotte Matzinger is one of the Care Ministries Pastors at Bethany. Before coming to Bethany in June 1980, Charlotte worked in the state legislature and taught in AISD. Charlotte was Director of Bethany School and Director of Children’s Ministry prior to becoming Children’s Pastor. She is married to pharmacist John and they have two married daughters, Amy and Joy, and a grandson Nash. Charlotte enjoys family, walking their Westies, Mackie Belle & Kirby, reading, and spending time at the family ranch.
 
 
Director of Care & Connections Ministries
Cecilia Barrentine
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Phone:512-258-6017 x 231
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Cecilia Barrentine has been on the staff of Bethany United Methodist Church since December 1997. Her job has evolved into leading and serving two ministry areas – she is the Director of Connections Ministry and the Director of Care Ministries. As Director of Connections Ministry , her primary responsibilities include facilitation of the “My Gifts and Passions Workshop”, serving Sundays in the Connection Corner as a Connection Consultant, overseeing the establishment and implementation of the annual all church service commitment plan, leading the Welcome Orientation class once a month, and supporting leadership in the Connection Celebration. As Director of Care Ministries, she oversees and assists with facilitation of ReWyre: Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends (our Divorce recovery workshop). She supports volunteers and leaders for the Save-a-Life team, the Special Needs Ministry team, the Primetimers (Older Adult Ministry), House of Friends, the Alzheimers Caregivers Support Group, the Job Seeker Support Group and Benevolence financial assistance. She serves with the pastors in providing care for the congregation and community. Cecilia is married to Mel Barrentine and lives in Buda where both offer support to extended family and enjoy working on their 135 year old home. Her passions include reading and learning, walking in nature, collecting antiques, and time with friends and family.
 
 
Exec. Pastor of Care Ministries
Wynn Stenftenagel
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Phone:512-258-6017 x 275
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Wynn Stenftenagel is an ordained Elder, and has been serving in a variety of pastoral roles at Bethany since January 2006. Her major responsibilities are pastoral care, Stephen Ministry, grief work, visitation, financial assistance, and worship activities. Wynn is a graduate of Indiana University and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She has been married to Chris since 1994. Wynn serves on the board of New Life Institute and the Annual Conference Worship Planning Team. She is a big fan of reading and hiking as much as possible, often at the same time.
 
 
House of Friends Director
Susie Petersen
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Phone:512-258-6017 x254
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