6899 Scottsville Navilleton Rd
Floyds Knobs, IN 47119

Churches and Ministries - Missions - Youth Camp - Conferences - BPH - Leadership - Doctrine - History
BMA Ministers Manual - Doc Varnell - Forum - Facebook Page - BMA Resources - BMA Chaplains - Admin
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

What's New??

MAY 13-15, Bethel Youth Conference Center Work Day!
Join a gang of workers from Lincoln, IL as they conquer numerous work projects at Camp.

BMA Spring Conference, April 12-14
Click here to see photos, video sermons and details from the Conference.

 Bethel Junior Camp 2021, June 21-24

 Bethel Senior Camp 2021, July 12-16

New Leadership for 2021
Click here to see BMA Leadership

Rev John Wongler
BMA Chairman, 2021

Rev Steve Owens
BMA Vice Chairman, 2021

Rev Dave Matthews
BMA Secretary

Rev Phil Frye
BMA Treasurer

New Bethel Foreign Missions Secretary
Rev Jose and Sandy Rodriguez
Click here to see what's new in BMA Missions

Rev Jose and Sandy Rodriguez
BMA Foreign Missions Secretary


Rev Joe and Hiawanna Greene
Thank you for your many years of service to the BMA and the Lord!


Ryan Holbrook recently signed the contract to be our new caretaker. I ask you to join with me in welcoming Ryan, Chasity, Caleb, and Matthew to Bethel Youth Camp.

Click here to view photos, videos and details from
2020 BMA Fall Conference,
October 5-7, Spring Mill State Park, Mitchell, In>

Now this is new!

Tired of sitting around wondering when the Virus threat is gonna be over?
Nothing at all to watch on TV?
Give BMA TV a try! Just click here to see what's new on this great, new feature!!

Really Great 2020 Planning Conference at Tallwood Chapel
Click here to see photos, videos and all the details from the conference!!

Click here to see photos from Junior Conference 2019!
Click here to see photos from Senior Conference 2019!

A great 2020 Fall Conference at Spring Mill State Park, IN, October 2020


Awesome Spring Conference at Bethel Conference Center, IN, May 2019

A great time of fellowship at Tallwood Chapel, January 2020

A great 2020 Fall Conference at Spring Mill State Park, IN, October 2020


Click here to view BMA History, the Book
Now up through the 1950s!

Bethel Calendar

Date Event Location
January 9 2021 BMA Planning Session
Meeting via ZOOM Conference
April 12-14 2021 BMA Spring Conference
Hatfield Bethel Church, Hatfield, IN
May 24 Junior Camp Early Registration Deadline $135 ($170 after)
June 5-6 Camp Work Days Bethel Camp and Conference Center
June 14 Senior Camp Early Registration Deadline $180 ($200 after)
June 21-24 Junior Youth Conference
Rev John Wongler, Director
Bethel Camp and Conference Center
July 12-16 Senior Youth Conference
Rev Keenan Smith, Director
Bethel Camp and Conference Center
October 4-6 2021 BMA Fall Conference
Hillside Bethel Tabernacle, Decatur, IL

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.

<--------BMA Chairman for 2021

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: Armor Up!

Ephesians 6
Junior Conference, June 21-24

Theme: Revive 2021

Romans 13:11
Senior Conference, July 12-16

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

Web Site Designed by Rev Dave Matthews. To contact him, send an e-mail to:


page created by