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The Bethel Ministerial Association, Inc. is a fellowship of ministers, churches and ministries allied for the purpose of proclaiming the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.  The BMA was originally founded by Albert Franklin Varnell as the Evangelistic Ministerial Alliance in May of 1934.  During the course of his life, "Doc" Varnell pioneered thirteen churches, many of which are functioning today.  The Bethel Ministerial Association continues to be an assembly with its member churches maintaining their distinctive features and its ministers leading autonomous congregations affiliated with it.

Although Doc. Varnell is no longer with us, the conviction with which he lived remains in the hearts of the Bethel Brethren and many others who were touched by his life.  He was a man who would stand for what he believed in, even if he had to stand alone.  This fellowship maintains his philosophy:

In things essential..........Unity
In things non-essential.........Liberty
In all things..........Charity

BMA Spring Conference 2017. For more details click here or above.

January Planning Meeting at Bethel Community Church of Southport

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Click here to see a full listing of Fall Conference Videos available.

2016 Youth Conferences

Randall "the Bear" at Senior Conference 2016
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Click here to see Senior Camp photos!

Seventy Plus Bethel Junior Youth Campers singing their favorite song Wednesday Night
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Click here to see Junior Camp photos!

Also, you can check out highlights of Junior Camp on Facebook at the following link:
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A great Fall Conference at Hillside Bethel Tabernacle in Decatur

Awesome Spring Conference in Lincoln, April 2016

A great time of fellowship in Southport, January 2017


Bethel Calendar

Date Event Location
January 6-7 2017 BMA Planning Session
Bethel Community Church, Southport, IN
April 3-5 2017 BMA Spring Conference
Temple of God Full Gospel Church, San Antonio, TX (Rev Jerry Van Ronk, Host)
May 19-20 Camp Work Days Bethel Church and Conference Center
May 22 Junior Camp Early Bird Registration Deadline $135
June 2-3 Camp Work Days Bethel Church and Conference Center
June 12> Senior Camp Early Bird Registration Deadline $150
June 14 Junior Camp Late Registration Deadline $145
June 24 Camp Work Day Bethel Church and Conference Center
June 26 Senior Camp Late Registration Deadline $160
June 26 Junior Camp Arrival Registration Deadline $170
June 26-29 Junior Youth Conference
Rev John Wongler, Director
Bethel Church and Conference Center
July 10-14 Senior Youth Conference
Rev Keenan Smith, Director
Bethel Church and Conference Center
October TBA 2017 BMA Fall Conference

Click here to view memorials to our departed leaders.

Click here to see recent photos from Summer Youth Camps.

Click here to go to the new Bethel Blog Section.

We want to thank you for your interest in the Bethel Ministerial Association.  We hope you will stay with us for a little longer and learn more about the BMA.  Please feel free to explore the many avenues that make up who and what the BMA is as you take a look at our ministries, affiliated churches, missions, outreaches and doctrines.   Many of the photos you will see are thumbnails to facilitate faster download times.  To view the larger version of many of them, just click on the photo.  If you then click the right button of your mouse on the larger picture, you will be able to save it to your computer.   We hope the Lord blesses you as he has so abundantly blessed us.  Please, feel free to contact any of the listed references if you have further questions about BMA that we can help you with.

BMA Churches and Ministries
Churches and Ministries
affiliated with the BMA
Bethel Foreign Missions
Foreign Missions

Theme: Chosen Vessels

Isaiah 64:8
Junior Conference, June 26-29

Theme: System Breakers

Senior Conference, July 10-14

BMA Quarterly Conferences
BMA Quarterly
Bethel Publishing House
Publishing House
BMA Leadership
BMA Leaders
BMA Doctrinal Statements
It Does Make A
Difference What
You Believe
BMA Past
BMA Past
Doc Varnell
Doctrinal Dissertations from Doc Varnell

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