Scott Ritterbush is the Senior Pastor of Bethany E-Free Church. He was was born and raised in Nebraska, called into ministry in Houston, TX, received his Master’s of Divinity from Denver Seminary, and spent several years pastoring in the Chicago suburbs before coming to Bethany. Scott began and grew in following Jesus because of excellent expositional preaching, great mentoring, and faithful prayer. These now form the heart of his ministry.
Nick Conner is the Director of Student and Parent Ministries at Bethany E-Free Church. He grew up in the small town of Bemidji, Minnesota and was called into ministry as a college freshman in Fargo, ND. Nick is currently attending Denver Seminary for his Masters of Divinity Degree with concentrations in Intercultural Ministry and Leadership. He ministered to teenagers and young adults for four years in North Dakota before joining staff at Bethany. Nick is gifted in sharing the message of Christ with everyone he meets and passionate about seeing the Gospel spread across the world through partnership with local churches.
When Nick isn’t in the office or the classroom, he enjoys training for marathons and triathlons, hiking, fishing and reading. He’s known at Bethany for his homemade biscuits and gravy, affinity for thick-cut bacon, and his strong desire to see junior and senior high students walking with Jesus Christ in every area of their lives.
Josh Shevel is an Associate Pastor. He is a graduate of Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI and Denver Seminary. He has served as a chaplain in the Army Reserves for 6 years and has a background in chaplain ministry.
He and his wife, Hannah, are from the Cleveland area of Ohio and met in a weightlifting class in college. Hannah is a school counselor in Aurora. They have been married for 8 years and have two boys, Peter and Nathan.
Pastor Francisco Mendez is the pastor of Vida Nueva (Bethany’s Spanish church). He hold a Masters in Theology from a seminary in Mexico. He loves spending time with his family, the Bible, the guitar and a ping pong racquet. He has a radio ministry in Spanish bringing people out of legalistic situations.
In Latino Christianity, many people have been drawn into ministries that have promoted doctrinal heresy and excessive legalism. This has led to Pastor Francisco restoring hurt people by helping people find their identity in Christ. In addition to leading Vida Nueva, Pastor Francisco is involved in leading a multicultural adult Bible fellowship (ABF) at Bethany. He is also fully engaged in reaching the North Littleton Hispanic community one mile north of Bethany.
Joyce currently serves as the Director of Bethany Busy Bee Preschool, a position she has held since 2001. Prior to coming to Colorado in 1996, she directed training for the University of Illinois’ University Affiliated Program in Developmental Disabilities for 13 years.
Joyce is the mother of Elisabeth, Daniel, and Sam; the long-time care-giver to Beverly and Shannon; the second mom of Erin and Ryan; grandmother to Jonathan Slater, and wife to Dan Bertram. She attended Wheaton College, the University of Minnesota and Wayne State University for Bachelors Degrees in Child Psychology and Social Welfare, and a Master’s Degree in Education.
Bekka Weeks is the Ministry Assistant at Bethany E-Free Church. She currently attends Denver Seminary as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling student. Bekka grew up in San Luis Obispo, California and studied art at Biola University in La Mirada, California. During undergrad, Bekka came to realize her passion for people’s stories and the healing work of Jesus Christ. After undergrad, she went back to her hometown and worked for three years as an administrative assistant at her church and volunteered with the junior high youth group- all the while thinking about a career in counseling.
Having visited Colorado a handful of times, she decided it would be the perfect place to continue pursuing counseling. With her parents still in California and her brother, sister-in-law and niece in North Carolina, holidays are spent traveling. Her free time (if there is such a thing in grad school) is spent with friends, watching movies, avoiding board games and painting.