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.
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.
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.
Tim Macres has been leading worship for 33 years. Beginning in college at the University of Southern California, Tim began leading for Campus Crusade for Christ’s college ministry (now called CRU). After graduating in 1987 Tim attended South Coast Community Church (now called Mariners Church) in Irvine, CA. There he met Jana Alayra and collaborated with her writing worship songs as well as leading worship. In 1994 Tim was hired as the worship leader at Woodbridge Community Church in Irvine, CA. There he served for 10 years before moving his family to Colorado. In Colorado, Tim has lead worship for a few different churches on a part time basis. In 2007 Tim came to Bethany Evangelical Free Church in Littleton, CO. There he served for five years, took a two year break, and is now back at 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.