Pastor Jon and Bethann came to Gospel Center in 2014. They have four children: Anna, Noah, Micah and Mia. They are no strangers to the South Bend area. Both graduated from Bethel College. Pastor Jon majored in ministry, and Bethann majored in nursing. Pastor Jon serves as our senior pastor and has a passion to emphasize the importance of Scripture in the life of the church.

Pastor Jim Bayer

Jim Bayer, along with his wife of 50 years, Missy, serves as associate pastor at Gospel Center. They have three sons and ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He received the majority of his training from Indiana University and Bethel College. Jim loves and is a student of God’s Word and believes it to contain the answer to every personal, marital, familial and societal problem we face. Besides his family, Jim enjoys tennis, reading, Notre Dame football, Bethel basketball and the family dog, Quincy.

Tara Blankinship

Tara Blankinship has been serving as the Children's Ministry Director at Gospel Center since June of 2016. With a heavy background in childcare and 4 children of her own, Tara has a passion for working with and serving the littlest of church attenders. Along with gospel centered curriculum and a strong discipleship program, Tara believes that happy, well-trained volunteers, and well informed parents are vital keys to a successful ministry.

Becca Willis

Becca Willis began serving as the Office Administrator at Gospel Center in 2019. She and her husband have been in various church ministry roles throughout the past 15 years and are passionate about churches building community and having strong Biblical teaching and application. Becca's favorite roles in life are wife to her husband, Adam, and mom to their three energetic sons. She also likes a good cup of coffee and hitting up garage sales and thrift stores.

Missy Bayer

Missy (Steele) Bayer grew up in a pastor’s home in Ohio, but never moved from Mishawaka, IN, after attending Bethel College. She taught in elementary and middle schools in Penn-Harris-Madison. Missy has served at Gospel Center as preschool administrator in the 70’s; with her husband, Jim, in Children’s Ministry & Christian Ed in the 90’s; and presently as Director of Women’s Ministries and the Greeter Team. She is also the Women’s Ministries Director for the North Central District of the Missionary Church.

Christy Lewis

Christy Lewis grew up in River Park and became a part of the Gospel Center family at a young age. While at youth night at Prairie Camp she came to understand her faith in Christ needed to accompany life change and since then she has had a passion to see students develop real faith that stands the test of time. She is a wife and mother of 4 sweet and sassy girls. She loves Bible Quizzing and the Cubs.

MInistry Employment Opportunities

Full-Time Dual Role OR Part-Time Youth Leader & Part-Time Worship Leader

This position may be filled by an individual working full time in a dual role (75% worship / 25% youth) OR by two different people working part time in the separate roles at Gospel Center Missionary Church. 

For  job descriptions:

Full-Time Worship & Youth Pastor

Part-time Worship Leader

Part-time Youth Leader

Please email resumes to Pastor Jon Ranous. (

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