Bethlehem United Methodist Church
Monday, August 08, 2022
Mission Statement: To give of ourselves so others may know Jesus Christ.


(Left to Right:   Pastor Stephany, Pastor Dennis, Carole Burkindine )
 2021-2022 Interim Pastoral Team
   Lead Pastor: Rev. Dr. Dennis Otto

     Pastor Otto has served a multi-point parish in a rural setting; was associate pastor of a large church in the city of York ; served a medium sized      church in a town/suburb; and was lead pastor of a large church in Williamsport for fourteen years. Following these pastorates, Dennis served as      District Superintendent of the Altoona District and from there was appointed to work as Director of Congregational Development for the      Susquehanna Conference. In this role he established the Office of Growing Effective Churches, which developed and implemented strategies for      the revitalization of existing churches and planting new congregations. Pastor Otto’s heart is in and for the local congregations which are where      disciples of Jesus Christ are made. His greatest joys have been in preaching, teaching, creating pathways to deeper discipleship and developing      new leaders.

     Pastor Otto received a B.A. from IUP, M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, D. Min, from Wesley Theological Seminary as well as      completing the Beeson Institute for Church Leadership at Asbury Seminary. More recently, He has completed International Coach Federation and      Path One coaches training, Intentional Interim Training and has been trained and worked as a consultant in congregational development.

     Dennis is married to Mona. They live near Mechanicsburg and enjoy walking, travel, and time with family and each other. They are the parents of      two grown children and six grandchildren ranging in age from one to nine years. Dennis’s favorite hobbies are “golf, gardening and grandkids!”      Pastor Otto is excited to be joining you as Interim Pastor in the year ahead. 

     Pastor of Congregational Care: Rev. Stephany S. Sechrist 
     Pastoral Assistant: Carol Burkindine