Our Staff


Pastor Jerry Evelsizer, Pastor of Visitation Jerry experienced God’s call to preach in 1959 and graduated from Drake Seminary in 1967. He has been the pastor at churches in Leon, IA (4 years), Dexter and Pitzer, IA (11 years), and Toledo-Tama, IA (13 years). After retiring in Ogden, IA in 1995, Jerry served as Interim Pastor in several churches until his wife, Mary, needed more care. They moved to Fairmont in March 2012. Jerry and Mary have been married 62 years and have two sons and a daughter, 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.


Kimberly Fast, Director of Children’s Ministries

Kimberly, affectionately known as “Miss Kimberly,” enjoys working with the children and families of Bethel. Whether crafting stories to illustrate a biblical principle, creating curriculum that brings the Bible to life, or sharing practical parenting strategies with families, her passion is assisting and supporting parents in raising godly children. Kimberly and her husband Jerry have three adult children and have been married for over 30 years.  


Pastor Jim Fleming, Associate Pastor

Jim has served as a youth pastor in Michigan, Tennessee, Venezuela and Ireland. He joined the Bethel staff in 2009 as the youth pastor. In 2014, the church body moved Jim to the role of Disciple-Making Pastor of Adults. He serves in the areas of prayer, missions, education, visitation, and ministry teams. Jim enjoys bicycling, kayaking, hiking, Grisham and cooking. He is married to ToniLynn and they have three grown daughters.
Pattie Larson, Administrative Assistant
Pattie has been serving in the church office since 2000. Over the years she has been active in a variety of ministries. The best part of her job is that she feels like she never goes to work, “I love being here with my church family”. With four adult children and several grandchildren, she has much to be thankful for.


Deb Meyer, Director of Worship & Fine Arts

Music has always been an important part of Deb’s life, and over the years, God has given her a passion to use that love for music to create worship experiences that use music and the arts to draw people into His presence. In 2003, Deb joined the staff at Bethel to provide vision and leadership in planning corporate worship services and considers it an honor to use the talents and skills that God has given her to serve Bethel Church for His glory. Deb and her husband Tim are blessed in raising four children.  

Bob Thune, Interim Pastor

Bob was born and raised in a little town on Interstate 90 in South Dakota called Murdo. At age 7, he made the most important decision of his life—placing his faith in Jesus, whom to know is life eternal.

Upon graduation from high school, he traveled to southern California to attend college at a Christian college, called Biola. It was there that he met his wife, Ruthie, who is a native Californian. After college, it was on to seminary to prepare for ministry.
Bob and Ruthie have two sons—Bob & Jeff—who are both pastors, in Omaha and Tucson, and they have 8 grandchildren.
Bob and Ruthie have served 4 churches, and they are at Bethel as “interim” pastor, devoted to helping Bethel secure its next Lead Pastor. They are thrilled to be doing so.