A Congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America

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Elders of Bethany

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Dr. Mark D. Mathews - Teaching Elder
Mark was called by Bethany Presbyterian Church to be its Senior Pastor in October 2010. He and his wife Aimee live in Kirkwood with their three daughters, Raina, Grace, and Sara, and have a son, Dillon, who lives in Tennessee. Mark earned the Master of Theology (Th.M.) from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from the University of Durham, England, specializing in Second Temple Judaism and New Testament Studies.
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Daniel Slaten - Ruling Elder
Dan began attending Bethany Presbyterian Church with his family when he was five years old. Dan and his wife Terry live in Nottingham and they have two children, Amanda and Nathan. Dan has been in the printing industry and works for the University of Delaware. He has been actively involved in the ministries of the church over the years having been involved in the Choir, being a Youth leader, and serving on pulpit search committees. He has been an elder at Bethany since 1990 and currently teaches a children’s Sunday School class grades 1-3.
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Dr. Daniel Leathers - Ruling Elder
Dan and his wife Pam live in Nottingham, and have attended Bethany since 1992. They are the parents of twin daughters, Ashley and Emily. Dan serves as a Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Delaware, where he teaches climatology and meteorology. He has previously served the University as the Chair of the Department of Geography and as Deputy Dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. Dan enjoys running, biking and oil painting. He currently serves as Bethany’s Coordinator for Christian Education and regularly teaches adult Sunday School.
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Richard Boyer - Ruling Elder
Dick and his wife Pat have been at Bethany Presbyterian Church for almost 40 years. Dick taught Physical Education in Oxford for 38 years and is now retired. He and Pat have three adult children, one son-in-law, and four grandchildren. Dick has served as an elder at Bethany since 1994 and is also always eager to serve in other areas of the church. He is an avid sports fan and loves the Phillies!
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John Wallace - Ruling Elder
John and his wife Connie have lived in the Oxford area their entire lives and have been members at Bethany since 1974. They have three daughters, two sons-in-law, and five grandchildren. John has worked for the Chester Water Authority for forty years. He served as a deacon for twenty years, has led the Wednesday evening Prayer Meeting, and now serves as an elder. John’s wife Connie is currently the church secretary.
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Woodward Odiorne - Ruling Elder, Advisor to the Session
Woody and his wife, Bonnie, live in West Chester, PA, and have been at Bethany since 1978. They have three daughters, three sons-in-law, and seven grandchildren. By occupation, Woody is a Chartered Financial Consultant. His hobbies are golf, travel, and Western horseback riding. Woody loves teaching the Bible. He teaches an adult Sunday School class at Bethany, and a men's community Bible study in West Chester. Woody presently serves as advisor to Bethany Session.
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James Kline
James and his wife Beth live in Nottingham, PA, and have been attending Bethany since 2005. They have two daughters who attend Oxford Area High School and Bethany Christian School. James works in IT for AIG in Wilmington, DE. In his spare time he loves any outdoor activity, including cycling, camping and backpacking. He became a deacon at Bethany in 2011 and an elder in 2018.
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Jim Rubincan
Jim and his Wife Sherrie live in Nottingham, PA and have two daughters, Jordan and Shannon , as well as a grandson, Gavyn. Jim has been attending Bethany since 2011 and has served as a trustee in the Church for many years. Jim became an elder of Bethany in 2018. Jim enjoys the outdoors, history and spending time with his family.

Deacons of Bethany

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John McGinnes
John grew up in the Oxford Area and attended Bethany Sunday School from his very early childhood. The Lord brought him to saving faith in his late teens. He has served on the Board of Deacons since he was in his twenties. John met his wife Esther on Mother’s Day of 1988 and they were united in marriage in 1990. They have one daughter (Abbie). John also serves as a trustee and is especially involved with building maintenance.
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Ron Oliver
Ron has been a member of Bethany for 40 years and a Deacon for almost 20 years. He has been married to his wife , Sandy, for 41 years and they have three grown children, each of which are married. In addition, they have 4 grandchildren. Ron enjoys archery hunting, camping and playing with the grandchildren.
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Chris Meyer
Chris and his wife Anita have been attending Bethany since 2009, and he has served as a deacon since 2011. Chris and Anita have two children who attend Bethany Christian School and who enjoy attending F.R.O.G. meetings. Chris is an engineer and he enjoys learning, cooking, and camping and hiking with his family.
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Dave Rust
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Brian Nuebauer

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Eric Lefever
Eric has been attending Bethany since 2009 with his wife Katie who has been a life long member. He has served as a trustee since 2013 and became a deacon in 2018. Eric and Katie have two children who attend Bethany Christian School and who enjoy attending F.R.O.G. meetings on Wednesday evenings. Eric is an auctioneer and enjoys spending time with his family.
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Jim Krepelka