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  • Senior Pastor

    Lloyd Donica

    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 the Lord led him to South Carolina, to serve as an assistant pastor, which also included working with youth and teaching in the school. Upon finishing his Master's degree three years later, he served as senior pastor at 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. He assumed the role of Co-Pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in 2002, and became Senior Pastor in 2005. His wife, Debbie, a native of Florence, South Carolina, has been involved in Christian education, administering and teaching. since graduating from college. They have two grown children, Rebekah and Joey. Rebekah and her husband Wayne Root, live in Burlington, Massachusetts. Joey, their son, lives in New York City. Completing their family are three grandchildren, Collin, Lila, and Graham Root.


  • Assistant Pastor

    Steve Kohnert

    Pastor Steve hails from Minnesota and has served as Minister of Music at Bethel Baptist Church since 1999. He also currently overseas adult ministries, outreach programs, 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 started a after-school band program at Bethel Christian School, and became a deacon in the church. He has a Master's degree 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. 


  • Assistant Pastor

    Joel Achenbach

    Pastor Joel grew up in Indiana and was home schooled from upper elementary through high school. He received a Bachelor's degree in Pastoral Studies, and is currently working on a 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 Baptist Church since 2005. His current responsibility is working with the you and teaching at Bethel Christian School. Joel's live 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." 


  • Pastor of Hispanic Ministry

    Jorge Paez

    Pastor Jorge Paez was born in Colombia and was saved at the age of twenty-one. He was a founding member of the first Hispanic Baptist ministry in Antigua and Barbuda, where he surrendered to serve the Lord full time. He met his wife Ivette in an evangelistic campaign in Antigua and Barbuda where she played the piano. She was saved at the age of thirteen. Since her salvation she has been serving in the music ministry, teaching, and working in the nursery. After serving as an evangelist for two years, Jorge accepted a position as the Pastor of the Hispanic ministry at the Bethel Baptist Church in Hampton, Virginia. "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

  • School Principal

    Jeff Houck

    Jeff and Leigh were married in 1992. Jeff, who was born in Pennsylvania, came to know 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 a business teacher, assistant principal, school administrator, and now the school principal of Bethel Christian School. He has served in four different ministries in four different states. Leigh tutors elementary through college level and teachers piano. Here ministry of encouragement is a blessing to many. Together they have three grown children. As church administrator, Jeff oversees the finances and facilities of both the church and school. His favorite passage is Colossians 1.