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. 



Susan Lundstrom
Financial Secretary 

Church Treasurer

Help Wanted
KICK Co - Coordinator

Butch Gibson
Property Manager

Minister of The Gospel


Genevieve Bishop

My name is Genevieve Elizabeth Meditz Bishop and I have been serving as the Bethany Lutheran Church Organist since  1989.  I received a BA in Organ Performance at Bethany College in May of 1985. My late husband, Roger was Professor of Psychology at Bethany College. Together we have 4 children.    

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


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