Ministerial Leadership

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’s 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.”



Rachel Parson

Minister to Children

From the age of eleven, God planted a love of children in Rachel’s heart. She began helping in the nursery at her church; and when her family was called to manage a Baptist youth camp in the mountains of New Mexico, Rachel came to personal salvation. God’s plan continued to progress in her heart to include a Seminary degree in Christian education. Rachel puts it this way, “I am blessed beyond measure to have been called to full time ministry and to Bethany Church in 2004.”  Rachel also has a Bachelor of Science from Angelo State University and a Master of Arts – Christian Education, from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Kate Crummitt

Admin & Communications

Kate is deeply passionate about sharing the gospel and pouring her life in the discipleship of others. It is her mission that others also experience 1 John 1:3-4. Kate was called into the ministry as a teenager when God laid a burden in her heart to reach the lost thru missions work. God has provided her with many opportunities to grow and work in many cross-cultural situations.

Kate has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. She was pursuing studies  in Missions from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary when she met and married Rev. Ken Crummitt, who is on staff at our Columbia Campus. Kate and Ken are blessed with two beautiful daughters whom they are privileged to home school.

Ed Sheridan

Operations Manager

Ed Sheridan is the Lord’s answer to anything and everything that a pastoral staff needs in the ways of facilities and operations management (and “other,” as requested). Ed has the added distinction of being a full-time volunteer. His eternal benefits of course are greater than all of us combined!


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