Ron Wade

Senior Pastor

Pastor Wade retired from full-time ministry in 2014.  He and His wife, Rita were married in 1969 and have 2 grown sons, Nathan and Eric.  They also have the joy of spoiling 3 grandchildren! 


Together they have served churches in Claremont and Hampton, VA. They have a heart for the nations and have participated in multiple mission trips in various places throughout the world. The prayer of his heart is found in Phil. 1:20, "That now as always, with all boldness, Christ will be highly honored in my body...."


Brian Howell

Assistant Pastor

Rob Mobley

Director of Student Ministries

Jamie Forbes

Director of Worship

Jennifer Landen

Financial Assistant


Brian joined the Bethel team in April of 2015. Along with his desire to be a fully devoted follower of Jesus he brings a passion for families. His hope is to journey with parents,  as the primary spiritual influencers of their home, as they seek to share the love of Jesus with their children and lead them towards a forever friendship with Christ. Working together with both parents and ministry volunteers Brian's vision for family ministry is to make disciples of the next generation.

Since 2002, Brian has enjoyed a wonderful marriage to his wife Cheri and they continue to grow in their love and relationship with one another; anchored by God's great love for them. Together they lovingly do their absolute best to raise and disciple their three sons Dylan, Brent, and Bowen. Their favorite source of enjoyment as a family is spending time in the surf and sand at the beach!

He learned that the true source of strength and satisfaction in this life is found only in Jesus. His favorite verse that serves as a daily reminder is Philippians 4:13: "I can do all things through Him [Jesus] who gives me strength."



Rob has been the director of the student ministry since June of 2017.  He has had a passion for serving students since 1998.  The joy of living for Jesus Christ and a love for students has motivated him in the ministry.  Joining with parents, he strives to help students grow spiritually through all the struggles they may face today.  Together with other ministry volunteers, Rob’s mission is to grow young men and women to be committed disciples of Jesus Christ.

Rob has been blessed to be married to his wife Michelle since August of 1999.  They were married at Bethel and continue to grow together in Christ as they grow in love for each other.  They have three wonderful boys Joshua, Jonathan and Jackson, who they desire to disciple and grow in a love for Christ.  As a family they enjoy movies, camping and just spending time together.

In facing the struggles that come with life Rob has learned to trust in Jesus for all things.  He leans on Philippians 4:4-7 to guide him in his journey.



Jamie has been leading worship since 2017.  A pianist since the age of seven, he has studied music at both James Madison University and Old Dominion University.  In addition to piano, he has significant experience in arranging, directing, teaching, film scoring and music production.  



Jennifer has been a part of Bethel’s team since May 2009 as the Financial Assistant. Her main responsibility is to record and maintain the financial books for the church. She loves serving God and volunteers in our Preschool ministry.  The Lord has allowed her the opportunity to serve on two International Mission Trips, Argentina and El Salvador, and is looking forward to what God has for her next.


She has been married to her husband Eric since February, 2008. They have two wonderful children, Caden and Carleigh, and are committed to raising their children as Proverbs 22:6 tells them:“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it”. They enjoy spending time together as a family outdoors in the sunshine.