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Contacts Pastors
1. Lead Pastor
Tom Deviney
Phone:Kellye Noret (Pastors Secretary) 512-258-6017 x222
Alternate Email:kellye.noret@bethany-umc.org
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Rev. Tom Deviney is a native of South Texas, having grown up in Victoria and Corpus Christi. A graduate of Southwestern University and the Iliff School of Theology, he served churches in a variety of settings before coming to Bethany in 2001. He and Cindi were married in 1979 and have two children. Aislinn, a graduate of Oklahoma City University and Hillsong Leadership College is currently teaching at Founders’ Academy in Leander. Forrest, a graduate of Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi and a student at Perkins School of Theology is currently serving as the Small Group Coordinator for Munger Place UMC, Dallas. His daughter in law, Mercedes, is the Executive Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Operations for the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation. Tom has served with numerous agencies and foundations in and outside of the UMC. In his free time, he enjoys time with his family, bicycling, camping, music and reading.
 
 
2. Exec. Pastor of Worship
Sheri Clifton
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Phone:512-258-6017 x 225
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Rev. Sheri Clifton is Executive Pastor for Worship at Bethany. Prior to joining the Bethany pastoral staff in 2005, Sheri served as Associate Pastor of Buda UMC. Sheri is a graduate of Southwestern University and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She is married to Daniel and they have two sons, Luke and Zach. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and reading.
 
 
3. Exec Pastor - Missions, Spiritual Formation
David Minnich
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Phone:512-258-6017 x 248
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Rev. David Minnich is Executive Pastor for Missions & Adult Spiritual Formation at Bethany. Before coming to Bethany in June 2000, David was a pastor at University UMC for 14 years and taught at the University of Texas for 6 years. His gifts and passions are teaching, music and mission. David loves to study the writings of John Wesley, one of his favorite authors. He also loves being the proud grandfather of Bodhi and Bridget!
 
 
4. 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.
 
 
5. Pastor to Children and Families
Jessica Petersen
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Phone:512-258-6017 x232
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Rev. Jessica Petersen is an ordained deacon, serving as Pastor to Children and Families at Bethany UMC since June 2011. Jessica is a graduate of Southwestern University, where she studied Religion and Communications, and Duke Divinity School, where she specialized in Christian Education. She is married to David, and they have a daughter, Anna. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, cycling, reading, and spending time with loved ones.
 
 
6. Pastor of Discipleship
Thomas Johnson
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Phone:512-258-6017 x 271
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Thomas oversees the Bridge young adult ministry, creating a small group network and other environments where young adults can come together at Bethany and grow as followers of Christ. He also serves as the Associate Director of Student Ministries, where he oversees the middle school ministry and all of our student mission trips. Thomas is in seminary at Asbury Theological Seminary and has started the ordination process to become an Elder in the UMC. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife, Tracy, and their 2-year-old daughter; being outdoors; and mountain biking. Thomas is passionate about making disciples, equipping others to make disciples, and the renewal of the church to make disciples of Jesus more effectively.
 
 
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.
 
 
TX Regional Dir. for CYMT
Teresa Kingsbury
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Phone:512-960-2989
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Rev. Teresa Kingsbury is aPastor at Bethany and the Texas Regional Director of Center for Youth Ministry Training (http://cymt.org/). She is currently attending Memphis Theological Seminary in conjunction with CYMT. Teresa graduated in May 2014 from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies and a Certificate of Non-Profit Management. Her ministerial experience includes serving as the Director of Children’s Ministry (1989-1991) and as the volunteer Director of Youth Sunday School (1992-1994) at Laguna Hills United Methodist Church in Laguna Hills, California. Before joining Bethany’s staff professionally, she has also served it in a variety of volunteer capacities including serving as the volunteer Bethany Youth Choir Tours Coordinator for 6 years. Prior to joining the Bethany staff in 2005, Teresa had her own accounting practice serving mostly in the non-profit arena. Teresa and her husband Chris have been married since 1978, have 3 children (Chad, Eric and Kellie), and through their marriages have welcomed 3 additional children (Erin, Maribeth and Ryan). In addition they have 3 grandchildren, Shia, Kate and Miles. She enjoys the outdoors, cooking, reading and time with family and friends.
 
 
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