Meet Our People Under the Steeple

Pastor Rev. Bethany Carpenter

Pastor Bethany began this blessed appointment on January 1, 2015. She was educated at Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, at Cal State LA (B.A.) and at Claremont School of Theology (M.Div.). Carpenter’s ministry began as a Visitation Chaplain for Burbank First United Methodist Church in 2001, and moved into the New Mexico Annual Conference in 2006, serving in Santa Fe, and Melrose, NM. She is grateful to God for this congregation, and for being closer to her family.

Church Secretary – Zachary Lotshaw

Zachary has been our Church Secretary since the end of July 2021. Keeping the day to day happenings and goings of the Church running as smoothly as possible. He is a current law student at Ventura Colleges of Law and a graduate of CSU Channel Islands where he earned his Bachelors in Liberal Studies with a Concentrated Studies Emphasis in Law and Public Policy. You can call the church office anytime during Office Hours and he will be happy to assist you with any of your church or other needs.

Choir Director – Sarah Fouhy

Handbell Choir Director – Marcia Heerema

Marcia has led our Hand Bell Choir, the Orange Pealers, since 1992.

Pianist – Joy Asenas

Joy Asenas is our pianist and the local piano teacher.


Jenn Hurd, a most artistic member of Bardsdale UMC is making pictures of our congregants so that Pastor Bethany has people to look at in the pews when she preaches…Like at the ballpark for Baseball games… Thanks to Jenn for sharing her talent and thanks to the folks who said You-all could see their pictures, too..
Blessings all, 
Pastor Bethany

Shel Ball’s wedding at Bardsdale to Tricia in 1985. Dr. Bob Ness did the service, Becca did a reading, and Jennifer was the candle lighter.
Dr. Bob Ness died on Feb. 2, 2021 and Becca Ness died on Dec. 16, 2020.