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.
Andrew Gross - Associate Pastor
Andrew is originally from Portland, Oregon. He started attending BCF way back in 1991 because he needed a church he could walk to from Macalester College. Since then he's been a part of almost every kind of ministry imaginable at BCF, including service on the elder board (beginning in 2004 through the present) and interim youth minister (2008-2011). Andrew earned a Masters of Divinity at Bethel Seminary in 2012. Since the fall of 2014, he has served as the church's Director of Discipleship, receiving full ordination as Pastor of Discipleship in January of 2016. Beginning in March of 2017 he was recognized as Associate Pastor and co-leads our pastoral team. Andrew's other job is as a free-lance editor and writer.
Cherie Monge - Administrative Director
Cherie has a passion for connecting individuals to ministry opportunities that are life-giving and challenging. She has been working closely with the All Nations Family of Churches for several years. She attended Bethel College where she received a Masters in Psychological Counseling and is currently pursuing a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary's Univeristy of Minnesota.
Liz Kimmel - Communications Coordinator
Liz is a native of St. Paul, MN, and a graduate of Bethel College. She has served as Pastoral Assistant at BCF since 2002. In her spare time Liz enjoys writing Christian poetry and prose (check out her poetry page in the LIFElines available on this website), and is currently working on some educational projects, including a picture book series for children. She has contracted to write for several projects through Guideposts. Liz lives in St. Paul with Cary, her husband of forty years. They have one son and one daughter, who, along with their spouses, have added four grandchildren to the family tree (two boys and two girls).
Sylvia Agboh - Big House Director
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.
Justin Finton - Director of Youth & Family Ministries
Justin joined the BCF family in 2021. Before coming to BCF he served at Abundant Life Church for three 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.