Bethesda Pastors and Church Staff

Pastoral Team

We, your two Bethesda pastors, 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.

bethesda pastors steve dow

Pastor Steve Dow

Hailing from Northern Wisconsin, I bring a little mid-west sensibility to the team in my leadership and personality. I spent my summers in high school as a fishing guide and these days I’m a fishing guide in a whole new way (see Matthew 4:18-22). Volunteering is important to me because I met my wife Sarah when I was a volunteer at Holden Village, a Lutheran Retreat Center in Washington. I now volunteer my time as a coach on soccer fields and basketball courts for the teams my kids play on. I may seem a little shy or even standoffish at first but once you get to know me, you will get a sense of the heart I have for this calling.

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 happily married with four children, two dogs, and a rabbit. In my spare time I like to read, watch movies, and do fun things with my kiddos.

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.

maxineMaxine Coburn

Traditional Music Coordinator and Jubilee Bells Director

I took over the handbell choir in March of 2005. I was hired as the Adult choir director in August, 2009. It is my role as the Traditional Worship Coordinator to coordinate and direct the music for the 8:30 Sunday Service. An early writer stated, “When words begin to fail, music starts.” I feel that music plays a necessary part in worship services and in our lives. The choir prays that their anthem each Sunday will touch someone’s heart and life with the love of Jesus Christ.

I live with my two dogs named Buddy and Bailey. I enjoy reading, gardening and training dogs in obedience.

Church Planning Council

Bethesda’s mission and vision is carried through the leadership of the Church Planning Council. This group consists of a dozen men and women, serving two-year terms. CPC includes an executive team.

PresidentNolan Sundberg
Vice-President – Jack Lodl
Second Vice-President – Hanne Bukkehave
Treasurer – Al Laemmer
Secretary – Jerrilyn Twite
Communicators (At-large) – Ed Emberlin & Dave Mattson

Council currently meets on the 3rd Monday of the month at 6:30pm. All are welcome to attend as guests. Please contact Laurel one week prior to the meeting to add agenda items or to make a guest presentation to the Council.

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Monday- Thursday 9am-1pm


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Eugene, OR 97402

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