Pastor Howell has served Bethel Baptist Church as Senior Pastor since July 2007. A native of Florida, he graduated from The George Washington University in 1988 with a B.A. in Political Science and from the Florida State College of Law in 1991 with a Juris Doctorate. Pastor Howell was a practicing attorney for three years in Florida before he answered God's call to the Gospel ministry in 1993. Howell and his wife, Brenda, both attended The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY where they graduated with Master of Divinity degrees in December 1997. After serving churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Virginia, the Scotts moved to Alamogordo to begin their ministry at Bethel. They have three children: Stephen, Jacob, and Andrew. Pastor Howell desires to lead Bethel to develop growing and maturing Christians who will faithfully serve the Lord in missions and ministry.
Pastor Jon has been serving at Bethel since August of 2010. He was born in San Diego, California, but considers North West Montana home. Jon has worked in youth ministry for 9 years and has served in churches in Kalispell, Montana; Seattle, Washington; Jonesboro, Louisiana; Sarepta, Louisiana and now Alamogordo, New Mexico. He has a B.A. of Psychology with an emphasis on Youth and Family counseling from Louisiana Tech University and is currently working on his Master’s of Theology from Liberty University. Jon and his wife, Amanda, have been married for ffive years and have three children, Josiah, Hannah and Sarah. He enjoys playing guitar, spending time with his family, and watching football cheering for the San Diego Chargers. Jon loves working with the students of Bethel Baptist Church and desires them to “grow closer together as they most importantly grow closer to Christ”.
Sheryl “Candy” Schoeneberg helped start Bethel Baptist Church’s Christian Counseling Ministry in 1992 and has served as Director of the Christian Counseling Ministry since September 1993. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education/Latin and Math from The University of Texas at Austin and taught school for several years. Candy earned her Master’s in Marriage and Family Counseling from California Baptist College in Riverside, CA. She has previously worked as a counselor with Genesis Counseling, a Christian counseling center in San Bernadino, CA supported by Campus Crusade for Christ and Minirth-Meier (New Life Clinic) in Albuquerque. Candy is licensed through New Mexico as a Professional Clinical Counselor and a Marriage and Family Therapist. In addition, she is licensed by the National Board for Certified Counselors as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Candy is a member of the American Association for Christian Counselors. Candy and her husband, Neal, moved to Alamogordo in 1992 when Neal was assigned to Holloman Air Force Base. They joined Bethel Baptist that same year and have made Alamogordo their home. The Schoenebergs have two grown sons. Candy’s desire is to reach out to hurting people with God’s love and grace, and teaching them practical tools to help them confidently face life struggles and be the man or woman or child God has called them to be.
Chuck has served as a Christian Counselor in Bethel’s Christian Counseling Ministry since 1995 after having worked as a Educational Diagnostician in the Alamogordo Public Schools for 25 years. He has a B.S. in Education from the University of Nebraska and a M.A. in Psychology, Counseling & Guidance from the University of Colorado. Chuck is a licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (LPC) and a Certified Domestic Violence Counselor (CDVC). He is a current member of the New Mexico Counselors Association, American Association of Christian Counselors, and the National Association of Forensic Counselors and, a retired member of the National Association of School Psychologists. Chuck is an active member of the Gideon’s International and the Alamogordo Police Chaplains. He and his wife, Carol, were married in 1959. They have four children and eleven grandchildren. The Hoyts have been members of Bethel Baptist Church since 1976.
Terry has served as Director of TOTS Preschool since 2000. Prior to assuming the position of Director, Terry was a teacher with TOTS for eight years. A resident of Alamogordo for 34 years, she holds a National Administrator’s Credential and has over 380 hours of continuing education and 105 hours in professionalism training. While born in the United States, Terry spent ten years of her childhood overseas as part of a military family. Her experience as a military kid has given Terry a great understanding and compassion for the military parents and families that utilize the TOTS Preschool. Terry and her husband, Ron, have two daughters who were raised at TOTS and at Bethel Baptist. A member of Bethel since 1978, Terry’s desire is for TOTS to plant the seed of Christ’s love and grace in the precious children that are entrusted into our care.
Cheryll serves as Administrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor and has been on staff at Bethel since April 2010. Her primary responsibilities at Bethel are to assist the Senior Pastor in his ministry. She also maintains the annual church profile and serves as Church Clerk, in addition to assisting various church events and activities. She has been actively involved in the Women’s ministry, as well as a facilitator for several of the Discipleship classes offered at Bethel. Cheryll enjoys cooking and crafts. She and her husband, Jeff, have three sons, Travis (wife Sarah), Garrett, who reside in Albuquerque and Chancelor (wife Tina), who lives in Wisconsin. She has been a member of Bethel Baptist since April 2004.