Our Staff

To reach the church office, email churchoffice@bethanylc.com.

nullSenior Pastor - The Rev. Cathy Daharsh

My call to Bethany began in August 2015. Before I was called to Bethany, I served at Gilbert Lutheran Church in Gilbert, Iowa. I am a graduate of Wartburg Theological Seminary where I earned a Master of Divinity degree.  Prior to beginning ordained ministry, I served First United Lutheran in Sheboygan, WI, as Director of Youth and Family Ministry. I also was an elementary teacher and a high school volleyball coach in Sheboygan. I have been married to Tom for 24 years. We have two children, Aaron, a senior, and Mitchell, a sophomore in college, both at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.  Some of my interests are playing volleyball, reading, and spending time with my family and friends.

My leadership is rooted in strong honest relationships.  My hope and dream for Bethany is to build upon what is already good and to find new and innovative ways to communicate a rich outreach focus to the larger community. It is important to me to listen to members of the congregation and members of the community of Crystal Lake to discover what Christ is doing in this place and to equip and empower leaders to serve the needs of our community and our world.  

I hope when you come to visit our church you find it to be a place where you can let your hair down and be exactly who you are. All are invited and all are welcomed at Bethany!

cathy.daharsh@bethanylc.com

Associate Pastor - The Rev. Paul Cannonnull

I was called to Bethany in August of 2012 after receiving my Masters of Divinity from Luther Seminary (St. Paul, Minnesota).  I married my wife Kirstin in 2010, and we have a son, Isaac, who was born in April of 2015. This is not the first time for me being called to Bethany, however. I was baptized at this congregation, along with my identical twin brother Neal, and my sisters, Susie and Marybeth. My family moved away when I was only five years old, but through a random series of events (also known as the Holy Spirit), I was called back to this congregation to serve and love the people of Bethany.

My job here is to faithfully preach the gospel, love my neighbor and serve whomever God happens to put in my path. Sometimes that means presiding at a wedding, and sometimes that means praying with a person who comes in off the streets. The best part of my job, however, is working with the youth of Bethany.  Whether teaching Confirmation, weekly Youth Group, or going on mission trips, I am always inspired by the faithful witness of our young people.  

Bethany is a warm, welcoming congregation to ALL people. I hope you can join us!

paul.cannon@bethanylc.com

nullWorship Director - Ruth Ann Poppen

I spent my childhood on a farm in northern Illinois where animals and crops were much more abundant than people. Music lessons on various instruments, drama experiences and many church activities played a vital role in my development. Following graduation from Wartburg College, I spent 14 years teaching elementary and junior high vocal music in the Cedar Rapids public schools. During that same time I served as organist at several area Lutheran churches.

In 1991, I earned  my Master of Arts degree, with an emphasis in church music, from Wartburg Theological Seminary. In August of that same year, I began serving as a fulltime church musician. I have served at Immanuel Lutheran in Palatine, Edison Park Lutheran Church in Chicago and now at Bethany.

I am especially grateful for the opportunity to share God’s marvelous gift of music with people of all ages. I find it most rewarding to help both children and adults express and strengthen their faith through music. The talented and committed people of Bethany keep Bethany’s music ministry vibrant and strong and I am energized as we witness together through music.

ruth.ann.poppen@bethanylc.com

nullMinistry Assistant - Bethany Gola

 

Bethany at Bethany serves as our ministry assistant helping coordinate and faciliate the many moving pieces of the church including volunteers, special projects, communication, office management.

Her passion is people and aligning their gifts with service. She has a degree in Art and Business from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a background in management and program development, art education and environmental education.  

She, along with her husband Walt, and their three children, Joe, Mia, and Tom are members of Bethany Lutheran Church.

churchoffice@bethanylc.com

nullDirector of Sunday School - Sashire Ayares

Sashire Ayares serves as our Sunday School Director. She comes to us with a background in Early Childhood Education, Special Education, and Business Management. She has a passion for guiding children as they develop an understanding of the world around them and grow in their relationship for God. Sashire attended Bethany Lutheran as a child. She and her family have been members at Bethany since 2012. Sashire and her husband Jeremy have four incredible children; Hannah, Logan, Aiden, and Arlo. As you can imagine, a crew that big keeps them very busy and involved in many community activities. They share a love for our scouting program, baseball, education, and anything on wheels!

christianeducation@bethanylc.com

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