Staff

Rev. Paul Pruitt

Executive Director
2003 – Present

Pastor Pruitt 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. Zac Starnes, M.A.Min.

Associate Director
2016 – Present

Pastor Starnes began serving as the Associate Director on November 1, 2021.  Pastor Starnes 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
  • In 2021 Graduated from Grace Bible College, Grand Rapids, MI with a Master’s degree in Christian Ministry.
  • Attended Lay Counseling courses 2015-2017.

Rev. Johnny Kelly

Women’s Campus Co-Director
2021 – Present

Pastor Kelly has been serving as Women’s Campus Director, alongside his wife Mrs. Regina Kelly, at Bethel since September 2021.

Pastor / Teacher / Administration

  • Graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Ministry from Emmanuel College in 2015.
  • Graduated with an Associate in Arts Degree from Caldwell Community College in 2012.
  • 2 years as Houseparent at Turbeville Children’s Home. Sept. 2019-Sept. 2021
  • 1 year as Student Pastor at Greenville First PH Church. Oct. 2018-Sept. 2019
  • 3 1/2 years as Houseparent/Houseparent Manager at Falcon Children’s Home and Family Services. April 2015-Sept. 2019
  • 2 years as Youth/Children’s Director at Bowman Baptist Church. June 2013-April 2015
  • 5 Years as Sales/Service Associate at Food Lion. 2008-June 2013

Mrs. Regina Kelly

Women’s Campus Co-Director
2021 – Present

Mrs. Regina has been serving as Women’s Campus Director, alongside her husband Pastor Johnny Kelly, at Bethel since September 2021.

Counseling Director / Teacher

  • Currently in school pursuing a Biblical Studies Associates Degree from Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute.
  • Bachelor of Science in English Education from Fayetteville State University
  • Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Liberty University
  • 2 years teaching High School English, 1 year teaching High School Bible at Freedom Christian Academy in Fayetteville, NC
  • 1 year teaching High School Bible, 1 year teaching High School English at Falcon Christian Academy in Falcon, NC
  • 1 year at house parent at Turbeville Children’s Home in Turbeville South Carolina

Rev. Don Loss, M.Div.

Director of Counseling
1984 – Present

Pastor Loss is serving as Pastor and Director of Counseling since 1984.  Pastor Loss also served as Associate Director from 1984 to October 2021.

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

Pastor Ritchie 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

Men’s Campus Pastor / Counselor / Med Room Supervisor
2010 – 2018
2019 – Present

Pastor Turner served as Volunteer then Pastor/Counselor from 2010-2018 and returned to serve as Pastor/Counselor 2019 to present. Pastor Turner began serving as the Med Room Supervisor in 2020.

Pastor / Teacher / Counselor

  • Associate Pastor at Crossroads Community Church, Hudson N.C.
  • Graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with Associates degree in Divinity

Cathi Loss

Business Manager / Newsletter Editor
1984 – Present

Cathi, the wife of Rev. Don Loss, has been serving as the Business Manager, 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

Stacy Pruitt

Accounts Payable / Database Manager / Website Manager
2003 – Present

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

  • Attending Craven Community College – June 2019 began working on Associates in Applied Science/Accounting and Finance.
  • Has worked as a Receptionist, in Accounting, and as a Medical Receptionist.
  • Shift Manager and waitress at Pizza Hut

Allen Shiflett

Chaplain / Construction Manager
1996 – 2000
2008 – Present

Allen served as Project Mgr 1996-2000 and 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

Account Receivables / Chaplain
2014 – Present

Shirley has been serving as Accounts Receivables and Chaplain (alongside her husband Allen) at Bethel since 2014.

  • 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

Randy Wetzel

Men’s Campus Office Manager / Med Room Assistant
2017 – Present

Randy has been serving as Men’s Campus Asst Office Mgr. and Med room Assistant at Bethel since 2017.  Randy began serving as the Men’s Campus Office Mgr. in 2020.

  • Graduate of Valencia Comm College, Associates Degree in Business, Orlando, FL
  • Graduate of Xavier University, Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Mortuary Science
  • Attended Pinnacle Career Institute, Certified Medical Assist – CMA
  • Worked at Fiserv in Fraud Prevention – Credit & Debit Card Services
  • Worked at Convergys with AT&T Communications
  • Worked at Chick-Fil-A as General Manager
  • Worked at Arbys as General Manager
  • Worked as a licensed Funeral Director for 35 years

Bethany Williams

Women’s Campus Office Mgr.
2021 – Present

Mrs. Bethany has been serving as the Women’s Campus Office Mgr. at Bethel since October 2021.

  • Attended Craven Community College 2008-2010
  • Veterinarian Assistant Certification 2018
  • Has worked various housekeeping, service industry, and kennel attendant jobs

Donna Bowman

Women’s Campus Project Office Mgr.
2021 – Present

Mrs. Donna has been serving as the Women’s Campus Project Manager since December 28, 2021.

  • Bernhardt Corporate Office 2021 – Customer Service
  • Briefly served at the Women’s Campus in 2020 as Project Manager. Also, teaching class in the Battlefield of the Mind – Joyce Meyer book.
  • Worked closely with Harvest Church to start W.O.M.E.N., a small group for a safe place to share environment. Teaching classes once opened meeting the students.
  • Volunteered at Bethel Women’s campus prior to opening.
  • Bio-Pro Research – Hickory, NC until 2019 when the company closed as Tradeshow Coordinator, Customer Service Manager, International, and Domestic Sales.
  • Assisted in the start-up of Celebrate Recovery at Christian Fellowship – Granite Falls, NC. (Serving as Co-leader for Drug and Alcohol group as well as Worship singer), Living Word – Lincolnton, and Living Hope – Lenoir.
  • Co-Owned Standard Caulk & Window – Granite Falls, NC until the company closed in 2008.

Todd Tucker

Media Technician and Production Mgr.
2008 – Present

Todd has been serving as Media Technician and Production Mgr. at Bethel since 2008.

  • 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 a communication company, and as a truck driver.

Barry Lessel

Men’s Campus Project Manager
2019 – 2021
2021 – Present

Barry has been serving as Men’s Campus Project Manager at Bethel since January 2022.  August 2021 – December 2021 served as Bethel’s Maintenance Mgr and September 2019 – February 2021 served as the Assistant Construction Mgr.

  • Residential / Light Commercial Paint Contractor from 1996 – 2019
  • Residential Painter from 1991 – 1995

Wil Rion

Men’s Campus Kitchen Mgr.
2022 – Present

Wil was serving as Asst. Kitchen Mgr. since November of 2021 and is now serving as the Men’s Campus Kitchen Manager.

  • College of Charleston (1990-1997) for Media Communication
  • Over 30 Years of Experience in Restaurants and Hospitality
  • 2022 successfully completed the ServSafe Certification

Sonny Thompson

Autoshop Manager
2017 – Present

Sonny has been serving as Auto Shop Manager at Bethel since 2017.

  • Staff at Bethel 00’-02’
  • Worked in Logging 20 years
  • Owned Sonny’s Automotive 09’-13’
  • Worked numerous mechanic positions

Joshua Wilkins

Pastoral Assistant
2022 – Present

Joshua has been serving as the Pastoral Assistant since April 2022.


Chris Raines

I.T. Manager
2019 – Present

Chris has worked in the I.T department since December 2019 and is currently serving as our I.T. Manager for the Men’s and Women’s Campuses.

  • Currently in school pursuing a Degree in Leadership Ministry through Grace Christian University.
  • Attended CCC&TI for Network Security courses.

Chris Cooper

Med Room Manager / Laundry Manager
2021 – Present

Chris has been serving as Laundry Room Manager and in the Med Room since 2021.  Since February 2022 he has become the Med Room Manager.

  • Worked in General Construction.
  • Worked in Security.
  • Worked in the furniture factory industry in maintenance, as an operator, and as a programmer of various machines including CNC machines.
  • Attended CCC&TI taking courses in Business between 1990-1992.

Bryan Ingram

Lawncare Manager
2021 – Present

Bryan has served as the Assistant Lawncare Mgr. since January 2021 and is serving as Lawncare Mgr. since May 2022.

  • Attended Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania (2010-2012) studying secondary education.
  • Worked as a material handler and trimmer operator at R.R. Donnelley
  • Worked as a senior polisher at Quaker City Plating. 

Joshua Whiteside

Purchasing Mgr. / Men’s Campus Counseling Coordinator
2021 – Present

Joshua has been serving as our Purchasing Mgr. and Men’s Counseling Coordinator since Sept. 2021.


Phil Lambert

Men’s Campus Housekeeping Mgr.
2021 – Present

Phil has been serving as our Housekeeping Mgr. since June 2021.

  • House Cleaning from 2015 – 2018.
  • Forklift driver and picker machine operator for a Freezer Company for approximately 3 years.
  • Cook for Captain Galley’s Seafood Restaurant for approximately 10 years.
  • Farm Hand at the family farm for approximately 5 years.

Jessica Raleigh

Women’s Campus Administrative Assistant
2022 – Present

Jessica has been serving at the Women’s Campus as our temporary Office Mgr. since April 2022. As of August 2022, Jessica began serving as our Administrative Assistant and Assistant Office Mgr.