Who We Are
We are women and men, children and adults,
friends and family, old-timers and newcomers.
We care for one another, work for peace and
justice in our local communities and the world,
care for our garden and the wider earth.
We play together, nourish each other
and challenge one another.
We worship and sing, pray with and for
each other and continue to learn and grow.
We are an active group who lead and
take responsibility for the varied
work of our community.
Offering extravagant welcome,
nurturing spiritual journeys,
pursuing peace and justice.
To create a welcoming community
That supports each one’s spiritual journey
As it inspires us to work for peace, justice
And the loving care of creation
We appreciate the beauty, richness and depth that diversity
brings to our community, and we honor the spiritual journeys of all.
Our Christian faith is 2000 years old,
our thinking is not.
We are grounded in the Christian faith,
while honoring and growing from many faith traditions.
We are committed to and remain open to hearing God’s ancient story anew and afresh…believing that God is still speaking.
We value the covenant nature of community: caring for one another and
living responsibly, knowing that actions make a difference.
No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey,
you are welcome here.
We believe compassion is the foundation for ministry
with each other and our work for peace,
justice and care of God’s creation.
We are attentive to God’s creative movement in the world.
We advocate justice for all.
We express spirituality through quiet
contemplation and vibrant worship.
A faith community that seeks to connect heads, hearts and hands.
Meet Our Pastor
Rev. Kelly Ryan studied at Duke Divinity School and at Pacific School of Religion, where she received her Master of Divinity degree in 2012. She grew up in the United Church of Christ in Colorado Springs, and is so grateful her path has led her to such a warm and engaging church as Bethel.
Kelly has worked in campus ministry, local church ministry, and hospice and hospital chaplaincy before being called as pastor of Bethel.
Throughout her ministry, Kelly has felt passionate about finding ways to include the voices of those often on the margins. She loves integrating new resources into the life of the church and dreaming of new ways for the church to work and worship in the wider community.
Kelly loves singing, playing guitar, paddleboarding, and hiking with her husband Jason. They are so happy to be in such an incredibly beautiful and inspiring place like the Gorge!
To contact Pastor Kelly: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call: (509) 493-1747
Immigrant Welcoming Declaration
Approved Jan. 28, 2018
Jesus welcomed everyone and excluded no one. In that same spirit, we strive to do the same.
As members and friends of Bethel Congregational Church, we are called to do justice and love kindness. In these days, we are moved by our faith and consciences to stand together with our immigrant brothers and sisters and their families.
This requires that we build relationships across barriers, educate ourselves, advocate for human rights and accompany immigrants in times of need.
Therefore we declare ourselves an Immigrant Welcoming Congregation and commit to the following: