Small Groups


At Bethel, we are committed to living out our faith in community. We do this primarily through means of our small groups (Commonly referred to as "BODs"). Our small groups meet in peoples homes as well as at the Chicago church each week for a time of fellowship, Bible study, worship, and prayer.

Our small groups meet for 3 month durations (January-March, May-July, September-November) Below is a list of groups meeting for this current section:

Portage Park

Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm
at Bethel Chicago
Contact Pastor Joe at

Women's Ministry


Bethel's Women's Ministry aims to provide a number of different events and opportunities for women to grow in relationships with each and strengthen their walks with Christ. Through different programs, we invite women of all ages and stages of their faith to come and participate in a warm and inviting community.

The upcoming programs and events for the Women's Ministry can be found below:

Student Ministry


At Bethel, we have a desire and passion to minister to students whom God has entrusted to us. Youth Group @ Bethel encourages students, 7th grade through high school, to grow more like Jesus through community, Biblical teaching and discussion, and a lot of fun! We currently meet Bi-Monthly on Saturday nights from 6-8pm at the Chicago location, as well as other special events.

Anyone interested in Youth Group @ Bethel is encouraged to reach out to our Director of Student Ministry, Joe Cristman (

Children's Ministry


On Sundays, children join their parents in the service. After the time of praise and the offering, children are invited to the front by the pastor for the kids message. Directly following the kids message, children are dismissed and invited to go downstairs for a time focused on discussion through a bible based curriculum, and brief time of crafts/activities.

Children in Preschool (age 3 by September 1st) through 6th grade are welcome to participate. There is a playroom/gym available for toddlers, and a nursery room at the back of the sanctuary for parents with infants.

Additionally, beyond the classroom, we hold an annual week-long Vacation Bible School (VBS) during the summer, where children are invited to learn valuable truths through music, snacks, games, crafts, storytime and more.
To get involved with our VBS this upcoming year, please fill out this link:

VBS 2018

August 13th-17th @ 6:45-9PM
Bethel Church
Contact Diane at