Our Pastor

 Bethel United Church of Christ,  currently has an interim pastor while a search committee is busy working on calling a new pastor.  We are blessed with several members who have attended the UCC lay academy and are willing to fill in, as worship leaders when needed, until a call is accepted.

Interim Pastor is Reverend Tom Schroeder:

I grew up in Sheboygan, the son of Dr. Irvin and Loretta Schroeder.  I have a brother in California and two sisters in Wisconsin.  I graduated from Sheboygan North High and then from what is now Carroll University.   I went to seminary at Vanderbilt Divinity School, part of Vanderbilt University.

In 1979 I was ordained and called to Christ UCC in Orrville, Ohio as the Assistant Minister.  Later that year I married by wife, Beverly.  While in Orrville, our daughter, Nicole, was born.

In 1985 I accepted a call to serve Irondequoit UCC as the Associate Pastor.  Irondequoit is just north of Rochester, NY.  While we were in Rochester our son, Robert, was born.

In 1989 I accepted the call to serve as Pastor and Teacher at Grace UCC in Kohler and the family moved back to Wisconsin, a place we always vacationed, in order to visit with family.  I remained at Grace until I retired in 2017.

Now I spend my time planning my next trip, often going to California, where both of our children live.  Beside travelling I also spend time learning and improving any skills that I have involving photography and birding.  I enjoy any reason to be outside, and especially on the water.  I enjoy hiking, biking, swimming, boating, sailing, canoeing, and even just sitting, any way possible to be outside.

I look forward to getting to know you as I share myself with you over these coming months.