Dynamic history, bright future.
House of Mercy. Not only is that phrase the literal interpretation for "Bethesda," but it has also defined Bethesda for several decades. From those struggling with various issues, to those who are broken and worn down by life, and those in need of spiritual or physical healing ... Bethesda has always excelled in 'matters of the heart' and there is a place for you regardless of your stage in life.
Eighty years ago, Bethesda began as North Side Assembly of God in the rough stock yard district of Fort Worth. Originated by a group of students from Shield of Faith Bible Institute (which would later become Southwestern Assemblies of God University), the beginnings were very humble. After Pastor Des and Mary Evans came to lead the congregation in 1976, the church adopted the name, "Bethesda Community Church." Simply put...the name means "a house of mercy" for our community. For 34 years, Pastor Des faithfully led the congregation. Under his leadership the church experienced great growth, numerically and spiritually; and Bethesda became a stable, solid place for believers to encounter the Lord and deepen their walk with Christ. It was also under his pastorate that the Bethesda Child Development Center and Bethesda Christian School were formed.
Upon the retirement of Pastor Des in 2011, the church elected J. Daniel Smith to serve as Senior Pastor. Pastor Dan previously served as Music Pastor to this congregation for 33 years.
The hallmarks of Bethesda are clearly indicated by that in which the congregation engages: Bethesda loves to worship Jesus. Bethesda loves to connect believers into effective community living. Bethesda is aggressive in serving the disenfranchised. With 'feet on the ground and heart toward the Lord' Bethesda is intentional in its culture of prayer.
Though the past is dynamic, the future is full of promise as God continues to impart vision for the proliferation of the gospel to the community and the world He has called Bethesda to reach.