Bethel Baptist Church


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Dr. Doug Cassel

I grew up in a pastor’s home in the Midwest. Early in my childhood, I made a profession of faith that I can’t remember much about. After being under conviction for some time, I came to trust Christ as my Savior in December of 1997 when I was a senior in Bible College. I graduated from Sauk Village Baptist Bible College, and also have an earned Master and Doctorate degree from Baptist College of America in Kokomo, IN. Before the ministry, I served for nearly 6 years in both the Indiana Air National Guard and the Air Force. I’ve had the chance to serve for 6 years in inner city rescue mission work in Indianapolis and as an assistant pastor in both Iowa and Illinois. I have been the pastor of Bethel Baptist church since May of 2004. My wife, Jenny, also grew up in a pastor’s home in Southeast Iowa. We have been married since September of 1998. We have one daughter, Jessie, who is a student in Providence Baptist College at this time.


Assistant Pastor: Cameron Weage

Just like my pastor, I made a profession of faith as a young boy. I never really understood what I was doing or what my profession meant. However, As a 13-year old boy, after living under conviction for several months, I accepted Jesus as my Savior at a teen camp in North Carolina. Just one year later, I answered God’s call to preach. I received training for the ministry at Providence Baptist College under Pastor Keith Gomez. I feel incredibly privileged to have learned under the great men of God in that ministry and even more privileged to now serve as the assistant pastor here at Bethel Baptist Church with my wife, Megan. If there is one thing I could say to you, no matter how old you are, it would be, “make sure you have a 100% assurance that you are on your way to Heaven and give your life totally to the Lord. You will never regret doing His will.”