Our Leadership Team

Pastors , Staff and Elders

Pastor Steve Rasmussen

Lead Pastor

Steve and his family love the intercultural family of BCF because they are immigrants born in Minnesota. In 2017, BCF called Steve back from his Nairobi, Kenya home to serve as the Lead Pastor in his home church. Steve first came to BCF during his college/seminary years, participated for 4 years, pastored for 5 years, and then was sent out as a missionary. In 1995, BCF sent his family to "Train East African Ministers" (TEAM), which Steve continues to direct today. After training pastors in Swahili in Tanzania for 13 years, they moved to Kenya where Steve taught missions to graduate students from 30 nations. They love and continue to learn from the many nations in BCF's family. Their four young adult children work and study in Nairobi, Virginia, and Chicago. Steve earned a PhD in Intercultural Studies from Trinity International University and MDiv and BA from Bethel University. He has written articles for journals, books, blogs, and the African Study Bible. Steve and his wife Janice enjoy people, deep conversations, and being active in creation. 

Pastor Justin Finton

Youth Pastor

Justin joined the BCF family in 2021. Before coming to BCF he served at Abundant Life Church for 3 years as the Associate Youth Pastor, and three years as the Lead Youth Pastor. His greatest joy in ministry is challenging people to view God and Scripture in new ways that deepen their understanding. He attended Global University, and became a credentialed minister in the Assemblies of God in 2015. Outside of Bethel, he works in the Anoka-Hennepin School District as a Site Leader for their elementary age before-and-after school program, Adventures Plus. 

Pastor Sylvia Agboh

Children's Pastor

Sylvia has a heart for prayer ministry and loves mentoring our kids in connecting with God. She is originally from the country of Togo and has been attending Bethel since 2012. Outside of Bethel she works as the Twin Cities Coordinator for the Togo Association of Help and Solidarity (AES), where she brings Togolese families together in order to build a sense of community in their new home. 

Felix Amenumey

Director of Ministries 

Dr. Felix Amenumey has a heart for the nations. His passion is empowering people in prayer and intercession. Felix is originally from Ghana, West Africa, and has been part of the Bethel family for over 17 years.  In 2007 BCF commissioned him, along with his beloved wife Sheila and other BCF families, to start BCF Minneapolis (now Cross Culture Community church) in NE Minneapolis.   Felix has a PhD in Organizational Leadership Policy and Development, with a specialization in Human Resource Development. Felix also has Masters in Environmental Education and BA in Economics/Geography. He recently graduated from Pure Word Bible Institute. Felix has over 20 years of teaching experience between the high school and university level, and is currently an adjunct instructor at Bethel University. Felix and Sheila are blessed with three miracle children. 

Todd Thompson

Caretaker

Todd joined our team in September 2021. He has been a Christian since he was 13 and has lived in the Twin Cities for a large percentage of his life. Todd has a background in construction and led worship at a former church home. He is currently employed as a maintenance technician at a nearby medical clinic. 

Benjamin Mason

Digital Communications Assistant

Benjamin has been a member of Bethel for over 7 years. He has lived in St Paul most of his life and worked a variety of jobs in the corporate world. He is currently a co-director of the Art in the Hollow festival in his East Side neighborhood. He appreciates small group community building at BCF.

Our Elders

Our Elders are chosen from among our members to provide leadership and vision for the church community

Ken Holmgren

Elder

Ken and his wife Sharon have been part of the BCF church body since 1976. He has served as an elder since 1998. "Sharon and I have been involved in a number of ministries throughout the years, and our great desire is to see the members of BCF grow as disciples of Jesus and also make disciples in the neighborhood of our church building and in the neighborhoods where we live. We deeply value the prayer ministry at BCF and care deeply for missions ministry."

Karen Underwood

Elder

Karen and her husband James have been members since 2003.
 "BCF’s calling to be a House of Prayer for All Nations (Isaiah 56:3-8) resonates deeply for us both.  We delight in how perspectives brought by people of many nations/cultures/backgrounds help us grow in our life with God!"
Karen is involved in: Lifestreams Prayer Ministry and other prayer opportunities; the SOUL Partners class; Missions Committee; informally connecting with our All Nations Family of Churches, and has been:  our Service Ministry Coordinator; involved in Alpha small groups; tutor with partner ministry Somali Adult Literacy Training (SALT). She recently retired from 43+ years with Metro Transit as a Service Development Analyst.
  • Key Bible Verse: ...brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down…the dividing wall.…So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but fellow citizens…and members of God’s household….in [Christ Jesus] you are also being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.  Ephesians 2:12-22

Carole Pankow 

Elder

Carole has been a member since 1993,  serving in Children’s Ministry (Nursery, Pre-School, Big House) and coordinating Day Camps.  She previously served on the Ministry Coordinator Board (Children’s Ministry and Worship), and has been an active member and leader of worship teams, as well as participating in Prayer and Small Groups.
In everyday life, Carole is a Special Education Coordinator in the South St. Paul Public Schools. 
  • Key Bible Verse:  Glorify the Lord with me, Let us Exalt His Name Together-  Psalm 34: 3.