Pastor Chris Deines

Melanie Rishel 
Administrative Assistant 

Welcome to Bethany Church!  We are so glad you are here. My name is Melanie Rishel and I have been working as the Administrative Assistant since June of 2017.

My daughter Abigail and I have lived in the Lindsborg area for 23 years. We feel very blessed to be apart of such a wonderful Swedish Community.

Joyce Peterson
Director of Christian Education

Greeting, My name is Joyce Peterson!

My husband Mark and I have three grown sons, two daugthers in law and  two grandchildren. I have worked at Bethany Church since 1984.  My favorite part of my job is building relationships with families.  I'm also a counselor in USD 400.  My favorite Bible Verse, "This is the day the Lord hath made, we will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24


Ericka Lysell
Youth Group Leader

My Name is Ericka Lysell and I am married to Jeremy Alkire and a mom to Grant and Sawyer, although I claim all of my youth group kids as my own.  I previously held an interim position of youth director, so this will be 5 years for me as the Youth Director of Bethany Church.   I am a  lifetime Lindsborg resident and Bethany Lutheran member, except for the 4 years I attended KU (Rock Chalk!)  I hold a masters degree in social work and mental health. Preventing suicide is one of my passions. 



Olivia Peterson
KICK Co-cordinator

Heidi Loomis

My name is Heidi Loomis, I am the daughter of Chris & Dolores Stevens.

My husband’s name is Mike, we have been married 32 years and are the proud parents of twin girls; Jordan & Chandler.

I am a bus driver for USD 400 & started working as the Bethany Lutheran Church Treasurer in March of 2021.


Sean Rivera

Hi, my name is Sean Rivera, I have been employed with Bethany Church since March of 2020. I've lived in Lindsborg for  approximately 14 years. 

Minister of The Gospel


Genevieve Bishop


Leah Ann Anderson

My name is Leah Ann Anderson. I was baptized, confirmed, and married in Bethany Lutheran Church. I have been the director of the Bethany Church Men’s Choir since 1986. I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO, a Master of Music degree from Wichita State University, and a Master of Science degree from Kansas State University. My husband, Marv, and I live in Lindsborg. We have two grown sons and three grandchildren.

Lori McKinney

Children's Choir

Brittney English

My name is Britney English. Currently I am a vocal music educator with the Smoky Valley School District.I am  married to Alan English, PhD, who is a Professor of Education at Bethany College. We have two sons, Starting in January of 2022 I will be serving as the  Bell & Chancel Choir director at Bethany Church. 




320 North Main, Lindsborg, KS 67456