Senior Pastor                                                                          Lloyd Donica                





Assistant Pastor
Steve Kohnert



                            Assistant Pastor
                        Joel Achenbach



                                              Jorge Paez
                         Pastor of Hispanic Ministry





                                              Jeff Houck
                            Church Administrator



                                            Robert Brinkley
                                   School Principal





Pastor Lloyd Donica, born and raised in Indiana, came to know Christ at an early age. After his second year of College, God called him to preach. Upon finishing college, God led him to South Carolina to serve as an assistant pastor, which also included serving as youth pastor and teaching in the church’s Christian school. Upon finishing his Master’s degree three years later, he served as senior pastor of a church in South Carolina. In 1980 he moved to Hampton, Virginia to serve as associate pastor and administrator of Bethel Baptist Church and principal of Bethel Christian School. Pastor Donica assumed the role of Co-Pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in 2002 and then became Senior Pastor in 2005. His wife, Debbie, a native of Florence, South Carolina, has been involved in Christian education, teaching and administrating, since graduating from college. They have two grown children, Rebekah and Joey. Their daughter, Rebekah and her husband Wayne Root, live in Burlington, Massachusetts. Joey, their son, makes his home in New York City. Completing their family are three grandchildren; Collin, Lila, and Graham Root.



 Pastor Steve has served as the Minister of Music for Bethel Baptist Church since 1999 and currently overseas adult ministries and special events. His desire is to serve His Savior and encourage our congregation through worship, discipleship and teaching. After a 20-year career as a U.S. Army musician in Colorado, Georgia, Germany, and Panama, God directed Steve and his family to settle here in Hampton where he began an after-school band program at Bethel Christian School and became a deacon at the church. He has Masters degrees in Music Performance and Cross-Cultural Studies, and was the first pastor of Bethel’s Hispanic Ministry. Steve's wife, Monica, is from Colombia, South America, and teaches Biology, Earth Sciences, and all levels of Spanish at Bethel Christian School. They have two grown children, Natalie and Nicolas, who live in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles.





Joel Achenbach grew up in Indiana and was homeschooled from upper elementary through high school. He  received a B.A. degree in Pastoral Studies and is currently working on his Master's degree in Pastoral Ministry. He married the former Devon Harry, and they have five children, Marcus, Alex, Samantha, Eliana, and Malachi. Joel has served on the staff of Bethel since 2005. His current responsibility is working with the youth. Joel's life verses are Proverbs 3:5-6: "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."








Jorge Páez was born in Colombia and got saved at the age of 21 by the grace of God. He was a founding member of the first Hispanic Baptist ministry in Antigua & Barbuda, where he surrendered to serve the Lord full time. He met his wife Ivette in an Evangelistic campaign in Antigua & Barbuda where she was invited to help by playing the piano. She got saved at the age of 13, since then she has been serving in different areas, including the music ministry (as pianist and choir member) and teaching children in Sunday School, junior church and nursery. After serving two years as an evangelist to the Hispanic world, Jorge was called to serve the Lord as the Pastor of the Hispanic ministry at Bethel Baptist Church. “So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” Nehemiah 8:8







 Jeff and Leigh were married in 1992 here at Bethel. Jeff, who was born in

Pennsylvania, came to the Lord at the age of five. He has a Bachelor's degree in

Accounting and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership. He and Leigh began

vocational ministry in Pennsylvania. Jeff has served as business teacher, assistant

principal, school administrator, and now church administrator across four different

ministries in four different states. Leigh teaches math and piano, and tutors

students from elementary school through college. Her ministry of encouragement

is a blessing to many. Together they have three grown children. As church

administrator, Jeff overseas the finances and facility for both church and school.

He is thankful for God's working in his life over the years. His favorite passage is

Colossians 1.



 Robert Brinkley became Bethel's school principal in  2002. He and his wife, Debra, moved from Charlotte, North Carolina, where he served as the school administrator of Bible Baptist Christian School for 17 years, and Mrs. Brinkley taught kindergarten. Prior to being in Charlotte, he served 12 years in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the Heritage Christian Schools. While in Arkansas, he served as the vice-president of the Arkansas Association of Christian Schools, and served as the state chairman for academic testing. While in North Carolina, he served on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Association of Christian Schools for 17 years, and served as the state convention coordinator for 8 years. He served on the Board of Directors with the Old Dominion Association of Church Schools in 2004-2007. Mr. Brinkley recevied his theological and educational training at Baptist Bible College and Evangel University in Missouri. Upon receiving two undergraduate degrees and a graduate degree from these schools, he took additional classes at the University of Missouri, Southwest Missouri State University, and Central Bible College. Robert married his wife Debra in 1967. Their families live in Charlotte, North Carolina. They have two grown children and six grandchildren.