Staff

Rev. Paul Pruitt

Executive Director

2003 – Present

Paul has been serving as Executive Director since April, 2012. Paul has been serving as  Pastor and Counselor at Bethel since 2003.

Pastor / Teacher / Counselor

  • Associate Degree of Biblical Studies
  • Graduated from Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute in 2001
  • Attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Has worked as a Commercial Fisherman
  • Flooring Supervisor, and Welder Fabricator

Rev. Don Loss

Associate Director

1984 – Present

Don has been serving as Associate Director, Pastor, and Director of Counseling since 1984.

Pastor / Teacher / Counselor

  • Graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1971
  • Graduated Columbia International University in 1984 with Master of Divinity
  • Has worked as an Assistant Manager, E-5 rank in the U.S. Army during 1966-1968 and 1976-1980.

Rev. Paul Ritchie

Senior Pastor

1986 – Present

Paul served as Executive Director and Senior Pastor from 1986 – 2012, and is now serving as Senior Pastor as of April, 2012.

Pastor / Teacher / Counselor

  • Associate Degree of Biblical Studies
  • Graduated from Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute in 1981
  • Has worked as a Farmer, Plant Manager, Business Owner, and a the Director of Ministry Programs at a Mission
  • Was also involved in Baptist Lay Witness Ministry for 10 years

Rev. Ronnie Turner

Pastor

2010 – Present

Ronnie has been serving as Pastor and Counselor at Bethel since 2011.

Pastor / Teacher / Counselor

 

  • Attended Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute for Business Administration.
  • Has worked as a Choir Director/Leader.
  • Currently enrolled in Southeastern Seminary for an Associates of Divinity.

Rev. Zac Starnes

2016 – Present

Zac has been serving as Pastor and Counselor at Bethel since 2016.

Pastor / Teacher / Counselor

  • Worked as a Carpenter from 2001-2016, Framing houses, remodeling, building furniture
  • Has Associates of Arts degree in Leadership & Ministry, Grace Bible College, Grand Rapids, MI, 2016
  • Currently enrolled in Grace Bible College for an Bachelor of Science degree, 2016-Present.
  • Enrolled in Lay Counseling courses 2015-Present

Stacy Pruitt

Accounting / Database Manager / Website Manager

2003 – Present

Stacy Pruitt, wife of Rev. Paul Pruitt, has been serving as the Accounts Payables, Website Manager, and Database Manager since 2006.

 

  • Attended Gaston College
  • Has worked as a Receptionist, in Accounting, and as a Medical Receptionist.

Cathi Loss

Business Manager / Internet Ministry / Newsletter Editor

1984 – Present

Cathi, wife of Rev. Don Loss, has been serving as the Business Manager, Internet Ministry, and Newsletter Editor since 2005.

 

  • Attended UNC-C
  • Attended Columbia International University
  • Missionary through Christian Literature Crusade in Panama
  • Executive Director at Caldwell Pregnancy Care Center from 1990 – 2002

Bryan Holland

Counseling Coordinator / Assistant Project Mgr. / Med Room Assistant

2000 -2003
2004 – Present

 

 

  • Has worked as a certified E.M.T,  sub-contracting cable and telephone underground burial, correctional officer and prison emergency response team, and framing houses.

Dennis Wilson

Project Manager / Med Room Asst.

2007 – Present

 

 

 

  • Has worked in retail, retail management, warehouse management, route sales, truck and forklift driver.

Allen Shiflett

Construction Manager / Chaplain

1996 – 2000
2008 – Present

Allen has been serving as Chaplain, Construction Manager since 2008.

 

  • Attended Caldwell Community College for certification in HVAC
  • Served in the U.S. Marine Corps. from 1975 – 1981
  • Has worked in general construction, building from foundation up, remodeling, and insurance restoration.

Shirley Shiflett

Accounts Receivables

2014 – Present

 

 

 

  • 1978 Graduate from Columbia International Univ. with B.S. in Biblical Education, Graduate studies at Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Christian Education.
  • Attended: Northern AZ Univ. for a K-8 Elementary Education Certification, Lenoir-Rhyne Univ., for English as Second Language (ESL) K-12 Certification, Numerous Univ. & Community colleges for Continuing Edu. Credits including Chaplain courses.
  • Missionary in Mohave County, AZ with Child Evangelism Fellowship, Chaplain with Billy Graham Rapid Response Team
  • Elementary Classroom Teacher (2nd-5th); Substitute (K-12),Secretarial, Cashier, Pharmacy, Accounts Receivable experience. Volunteer in Sunday School, VBS, Puppet Ministry, GA’s

Todd Tucker

Media Technician

2008 – Present

 

 

 

  • Graduated Wilson Community Tech. College for industrial electronics in 1989
  • Has worked in the commercial, industrial, and residential electrical field, construction, as a bench technician for communication company, and as a truck driver

Marc Whitson

Office Manager

2014 – Present

 

 

 

  • Attended Appalachian State University- 4 Year Degree (Industrial Drafting & Design/Minor Business)
    Attended AB Tech- Course Work
  • Attended Mayland CCC- Course Work
  • Attending Master School of Divinity- Working on Masters in Biblical Counseling
    Sunday School Teacher, Youth Leader
  • Owner of MW Photography & Design
  • Co-Owner- Whitson Farms & Shrubbery
  • Industrial Engineer and Designer for numerous Mfg. Plants across the South East

Kenneth Baffey

Asst. Office Manager / Canteen Manager

2013 – Present

 

 

 

  • Attended G.I.A. Santa Monica, CA with a degree in Gemology
  • Has worked in Retail Management, Property Management, and as a Self-employed / entrepreneur

Michael Horner

Housekeeping Mgr. / Printshop Operator

2014 – Present

 

 

 

  • Attended Eastern Shore Community College – received Drafting Technology Certificate
  • Has worked in Printing Industry Experience (21 years), as Pool & Spa Technician (3 years), and Painting experience (25 years)

Joshua McGee

IT Manager

2015 – Present

 

 

 

  • 10 Years of experience in Communications and Information Technology
  • Previously Employed as an IT Technician at the City of Lenoir, North Carolina
  • Currently Attending College for Computer Science & Engineering

Matt Gruber

Kitchen Manager

2015 – Present

 

 

 

  • 20 years experience in Hospitality / Food and Beverage Industry
  • Associate Degree in Culinary Arts / Hotel Restaurant Management
  • Culinary Arts Instructor at Ashevillle Buncombe Technical Community College
  • Member / Competitor – American Culinary Federation