Our preaching staff over the years:


Pastor Kenneth Place - Founder and Pastor for six years: March 1956 - March 1962

Pastor Kenneth Place while at The Wichita Baptist Tabernacle surrendered to preach under Pastor Art Wilson. In 1956 he was commissioned by that church to start Bethel Baptist Church in Wichita. Even though he had poor eyesight and had to work at another job, God used him to construct the church buildings and reach many souls for the Lord. When he resigned the Pastorate in 1962 he did evangelist work until his retirement. He went to be with the Lord on June 7, 1999.

Pastor Carl Bush - Pastor for eight years: March 1962 - March 1970

Pastor Carl Bush graduated in the first graduating class at Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. He held an office in the Bpatist Bible Fellowship International and also served as Chairman of the Kansas Baptist Bible Fellowship. Pastor Bush started two churches and pastored five others. He was the leader of the Senior Saints Ministry at Temple Baptist Church of El Dorado, Kansas and after retiring from that position he still had many opportunities to preach until his death.

Pastor Emeritus Ted Swope - Pastor for 41 years: March 1970 - March 2011

Pastor Emeritus Ted Swope graduated from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri in 1959. After serving as Assistant Pastor for two years, he went on to pastor three churches before coming to Bethel in 1970. Bro. Ted Swope lost his wife, Sylvia, to cancer on November 30, 2005. She was the church's secretary for many years. Over 600 people attended the two funeral services and viewing held in her honor. He handed the pastorship over to his son in 2011 and is now our Pastor Emeritus. In this role, he helps our pastor by taking some of the responsibilities and helping wherever he can.

Assistant Pastor Ron Wood - Assistant Pastor for nine years: April 1976 - April 1985

Bro. Wood served as song leader, youth director, and also worked in the bus ministry along with his other responsibilities while at Bethel. Bro. Wood left Bethel to pastor a church in Hazelton, Kansas and later was called to Bible Baptist Church in Coffeyville, Kansas where he pastored until his death.

Pastor Jon Swope - Youth Director for Seven Years: May 1988 - March 1995, Pastor: March 2011 - Present

Pastor Jon Swope left Bethel to marry Sarah Martin and became Assistant pastor at Beeville, Texas under the leadership of Bro. Tim Stowe. He served Beeville Baptist Church for almost nine years, from March of 1995 until September of 2003. He became pastor of Faith Baptist Church of Meeker, Colorado, in September of 2003, with September 7, 2003 being his first sunday as pastor in Meeker. Pastor Jon Swope was called to the pastorship of Bethel Baptist Church in 2011. He came and brought his wife and their four adopted children to fulfill the pastorate. We are greatful for his stand on the King James Bible and the principles that make up its' foundation.