By: Dezaray Barr
Steven DeWitt is the Senior Pastor at Bethel Church in Indiana. DeWitt believes that the calling he received into ministry is affirmed in small ways. He said, “The best is way is when one of my people affirm the impact my ministry to them has had over the years. I also think this is one of the blessings of longevity in one place, you get to see long term fruitfulness.”
DeWitt is humble is in position as a pastor at Bethel. “We [his church] have had many difficulties and many blessings. Our difficulties typically relate to times when I lead selfishly or didn’t have the best interest of the church or individual in mind.”
DeWitt’s congregation has given him grace and support, no matter his situation. “My congregation was kind to look to me as their pastor for 15 years as a single man,” he said. “While not technically a difficulty, their grace to me was so very special. When I got married in the church 5 years ago it was a total party for the congregation.”
Bethel Church is a non-denominational multi-site church with four campus in Northwest Indiana. Three of their four campuses are similar in demographic, but their fourth location is in downtown Gary, Indiana. “We are rejoiced to see God work through our church to reach many urban teens with the gospel,” said DeWitt. “We love the diversity it brings us. If you are ever in NW Indiana, come by and visit!”
Steve DeWitt is author of the book, Eyes Wide Open: Enjoying God in Everything. This book explores how to understand God’s purpose for our joy and wonder. “I have enjoyed reading this book and find it inspiring and practical,” says Rick Carder, Director of Alumni and Church Engagement. He recommends that everyone should read it and enjoy God is everything.
Written by Dezaray Barr, PR Specialist for the Alumni Office. Dezaray is a sophomore Strategic Communication and Honors Humanities double major at Indiana Wesleyan University in the John Wesley Honors College. At IWU Dezaray is involved in PRSSA leadership and runs both the JWHC Blog and her own blog. Visit Dez’s website at www.dezaraybarr.weebly.com.