Bethesda Pastors and Church Staff

Pastoral Team

We are passionate about the beautiful collisions that occur when God encounters broken people like us with a grace that explodes into joy, wholeness and generous service. We cherish the Good News of Jesus Christ and count it a great privilege to serve among the people of Bethesda and our surrounding community.

bethesda pastors tom welch

Pastor Tom Welch

Hi there, I’ve served as one of Bethesda’s pastors since March 2011, primarily in the areas of youth and family ministry and adult education. I previously served as Bethesda’s youth director and Young Life partner from 2002-2008. I’m particularly passionate about helping Bethesda to be “From Cradle to Commencement, a Great Place to be a Kid!” My wife Andrea and I are blessed with three sons, Ezra (2012), Judah (2013) and Emet (2015). In addition to operating and enjoying a toddler zoo, we enjoy fitness, the outdoors, gardening, reading, board games, and the Seahawks. And I love my Ducks and Mariners! I think out loud here.

Church Staff

The following amazing group of people support the mission in many ways. They are here for you should you have any questions or needs, or if you’d like to donate your time and talents.

elizabethElizabeth Tigue

Preschool Director

I began teaching at Bethesda Lutheran Preschool in September of 2000. I am the Preschool Director and a teacher of 4-5 yr. olds. I sincerely enjoy my work with children and am honored to be a part of building the educational foundation for our students. I strive to impart to them my love of learning as well as my love for the Lord.

I am a proud Mom of 5 kids ranging in age from the oldest at 25 to the youngest who is 9. We have two chickens, a cat, and a bunny we enjoy as pets. When I have free time I love to read, hike, and snuggle with a good movie and popcorn.

billBill Vaughan


I have been a member of Bethesda for about 5 years and was hired in 2016 as Custodian. I am generally responsible for all of the maintenance and janitorial duties at and around Bethesda and I love my work. Prior to this, I owned my own business installing floors for about 19 years.

I am a father of three — 2 daughters and 1 son, and I have 5 grandchildren. I served 4 years in the Army. I am President of a non-profit motorcycle rally that raises money to help our local Veterans and their families. I enjoy riding my motorcycle any chance I get.

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