Our Staff

Kip Smith

Lead Pastor

Pastor Kip joined Bethany Church in September of 1991 after receiving his Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. Pastor Kip was called into ministry after a successful career in business as a Certified Public Accountant. He has found that his business experience helps him keep sermons relevant, addressing real life issues. His favorite verse is Psalm 34:8, “Taste of the Lord and see that He is good!,” his favorite chapter in the Bible, John 15, and his favorite field of study is eschatology, the study of last-day events.

Sherrie McKay

Minister of Worship & Arts

Rev. Sherrie McKay is the Minister of Worship & Arts at Bethany Church since 1993. Sherrie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Church Music from Eastern Nazarene College and a Master of Arts in Church Music from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Sherrie received her call into ministry as a child attending church camp through the Nazarene Church. Sherrie was ordained by Bethany Church in 2002. Since joining Bethany in 1993, Sherrie has led the music program to become one of the premier worship & arts ministries in the Howard County area. Sherrie is a professional cellist and uses the cello frequently in leading worship. Sherrie has written original scripts for both Christmas and Easter dramatic musical presentations. Sherrie created “Bethany Music Center” in 2016 as an expansion of the worship arts ministry focused on providing professional music instruction to the community at large.

Gary Freeman

Minister to Youth & Outreach

Gary joined the Bethany Church family in October 2017. Gary, his wife Vinniece, and with their two daughters came from Raleigh, NC. Gary has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from East Carolina University in Child Development and Family Relations. Gary worked in the mental health field with at-risk youth, and also was a fatherhood coordinator for a pregnancy center while in Raleigh, NC. Gary felt God leading his family into the vein of ministry. He now attends Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where he is pursuing a Master of Divinity. Gary has worked in full time ministry in several different areas, whether for the local church, or para ministry. Gary longs to do the will of God, and be an asset to building the Kingdom of God. His favorite verse is Proverbs 16:9 “The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”

 

 

Shameka Strong

Minister of Children and Families

Ms. Shameka Strong is the Minister of Children and Families at Bethany Church. She joined the staff of Bethany in November 2018. Shameka holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Accounting and Finance from Austin Peay State University and a Master of Divinity/Leadership from Liberty Divinity School. She also is a veteran having served in the United States Army.  Prior to joining Bethany, Shameka worked in child and youth services for over ten years. She has served as a child and youth advisor, mentor, and as a leader in a liturgical dance ministry. Shameka’s favorite scripture verse is Romans 12:2, and her life mission can be summed up as, “… intentional to reflect Christ in all areas of my life.”

 

 

Tracy Johnson

Executive Administrator

Tracy became a member of the church staff in January 2018. Prior to that time, Tracy served in many capacities while a member of Bethany Church. She was the chairperson of deacons and has led our women’s ministry (W.O.W.) for the last three years. Tracy is married to Chad and they have three active boys. Tracy has successfully managed a direct sales business for the last thirteen years and has received numerous awards for her leadership and sales performance. Tracy is passionate about people, relationships, serving the body of Christ, and having fun in all things.   Her favorite bible verse is Romans 8:28, and she believes that the biggest blessings come when you step outside your comfort zone to serve in areas never before attempted.

 

 

Ed Sheridan

Operations Manager

Ed Sheridan came to Bethany Church after a long career in information technology and project management. Ed is the Lord’s answer to anything and everything that a pastoral staff needs. He takes care of facilities, operations management, and “other,” as requested. He has the added distinction of being a full-time volunteer. Ed also serves as an adult bible study teacher and strives to make every class a joyous celebration of the Lord and His precious Word. His favorite passage is John 14:23 “…If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.”

 

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