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.

Adam Willis

Adam began serving as the Student Ministry Director in July 2023. He was a Youth Pastor for 14 years before transitioning to teaching Bible at Granger Christian School. While Adam continues in his school teaching position, he is excited to also get to work with students part-time in a church ministry setting. Adam has a heart for students to know, and understand God's Word and to grow in their faith. Adam and his wife, Becca, have three sons. Adam is a University of Michigan fan and enjoys archery and hunting in his free time.


Joy has been part of the Missionary Church denomination since her infancy. She grew up attending New Paris Missionary as a child and went on to graduate from Bethel University, Mishawaka, receiving her Bachelors in Vocal Performance & Church Music. Joy, along with her husband Andrew and their 4 children have attended Gospel Center and been part of the Worship Ministry for 18 years. She joined the staff of Gospel Center as Worship Director in early 2023.

Her love for God, good music and fellowship enlivens her when leading worship. Under her direction and guided by the Holy Spirit the Gospel Center Worship team seeks to usher the presence of God to our services.

Evan Randall

Evan currently serves as a ministry resident through the North Central Region of the Missionary Church. He is originally from Hillsdale, Michigan and is a recent graduate of Bethel University earning a bachelor's degree in Christian Ministry. Evan cares deeply about helping people grow in their adoration and understanding of God's word as well as taking personal responsibility for their Christian growth as they seek to not only be discipled but disciple others. Besides a good theology discussion, Evan is always up to talk about things such as Star Wars and the aquarium hobby over a good hot chocolate.

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