Our Pastoral TEAM
Michael L. Goering is the Senior Pastor of the Bethel Baptist Church in Bentonville, AR. He is an ordained minister and gifted Bible expositor, who has spoken nationwide as a guest preacher in a variety of settings.
A man committed to reaching individuals intellectually through deep, abiding Christianity, through a commitment to the Bible, the central focus of his life’s work is to engage culture with the message of Jesus Christ. He is rooted in the truths of orthodox Christianity and is gifted to speak to the contemporary culture with clarity through a keen cultural awareness and knowledge of the power and relevance of the sacred scriptures.
In 2019, Pastor Michael and Bethel launched a global media ministry that can be heard on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Overcast called "In The Word with Pastor Michael Goering." Their hope for this outreach is to reach the nations with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Pastor Michael has attended both North Central Missouri College in Trenton, MO and Spurgeon College in Kansas City. MO.
Pastor is also a skilled pre-marriage and marriage facilitator and is certified as a SYMBIS facilitator. He also holds a Presidential Membership to the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC.) He and his wife Adrienne have been married since 2003 and they have two sons.
associate Pastor of students
At the age of 8, in 1998, Nathan Toney along with his family joined Bethel as church members. He graduated in 2009 from Gravette High School and then studied Business at Ecclesia College where he also played baseball.
In 2017 Nathan felt the Lord calling him into student ministry. That same year Bethel had an staff opening and was looking for a Student Pastor. Since that time God has blessed not only Nathan's ministry to our students but also has blessed the church as a whole.
In his spare time he enjoys all things sports, especially the Fighting Irish, and playing guitar.
Nathan and his wife Mattie have two children Peyton, age 5 and Jonah, age 1.
Our Support team
Administrative Assistant to Senior Pastor & Finance Director
Krista Ammons is originally from Houston, TX. In 2002 she and her family moved to NW Arkansas when her husband, Paul, transferred for work.
Krista graduated from Sam Houston State University with a bachelors in Elementary Education, a minor in Elementary Mathematics, specializing in Early Childhood Education.
Krista serves as Pastor Michael’s Administrative Assistant handling the day to day operations of the office as well as serving as the Finance Director for Bethel.
She has been married to Paul for 23 years and they have one 18 year old daughter, Skylar.
first impressions coordinator
Nicole Miller is originally from Purdy, MO. Coming from a small-town Nicole is naturally an includer. She helps the Pastor fulfill the vision God has given him by making those who come through the doors of the church feel at home. She coordinates Bethel's First Impressions (Greeting) Team.
Nicole graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelors in Nutrition & Dietetics, she is now a Registered Dietitian. She and her husband, Brian, joined Bethel because of its warm and welcoming environment.
In her spare time, she enjoys taking her Golden Retriever, Beau, on long walks and cooking at home.
Bio coming soon.