The United Methodist Church was formed with the merger of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1968.
United Methodists trace their spiritual heritage back to 18th-century evangelical leaders
John and Charles Wesley, Jacob Albright and Philip William Otterbein.
United Methodists speak many languages and live in many countries
with many different cultures, ethnic traditions, national histories and understandings of Christian faith and practice.
We live the promise we made the day we joined the United Methodist church.....
the promise of our prayers and our presence, our gifts, our service and our witness.
Our mission is "to give of ourselves so that others may know Jesus Christ."
2021-2022 Interim Pastoral Team
(Left to Right: Pastor Stephany, Pastor Dennis, Carole Burkindine )
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 of Congregational Care: Rev. Stephany S. Sechrist
Pastoral Assistant: Carol Burkindine
Other Staff and Leadership at Bethlehem UMC
Director of Development, Discipleship and Youth: Sean Garner
Congregational Care: Kimberlee Piper
Children's Ministry Coordinator: Julie Spyker
Nursery/Toddler Coordinator: Sue Sharp
Choir Director: Natalie Smith
Organist: Roger Fuller
Contemporary Worship Coordinator: Bob Huska
Incoming Lead Pastor : Rev. David Strough (July 2022)
Pastor David, a native of York, grew up worshipping with St Paul's UMC in Manchester, PA. He has served United Methodist Churches at Lykens, Mt Pleasant and Klinesgrove, and current serves as the Lead Pastor of Fawn Grove UMC until July 1, 2022. He is an avid hunter and fisherman, while also loving to rebuild engine and equipment in his spare time. He celebrated his 12 year anniversary with his amazing wife, Mandy whom he partners with to parent two boys: Isaac (11) and Ben (8).