Bethel Baptist Church exists to focus on and be changed by God through biblical corporate worship; to edify, disciple and build up its members in love; and to show Christ to others by proclaiming, illustrating and confirming the gospel.


Seeking God, Serving Others


Bethel is a friendly welcoming group of believers with a blend of ages.  The Bible is our sole authority for faith and practice. We place an emphasis on solid Biblical teaching throughout our services.   Our worship music consists of a blend of old and new songs with a traditional feel. 

Meet Our Staff


Steve Cox

Lead Pastor

Pastor Steve has been the Lead Pastor at Bethel since April 2014. He was born in 1961 and grew up in Des Moines, Iowa in a devout Roman Catholic home. While attending the University of Northern Iowa and having heard the Gospel trusted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. Desiring to learn more about God, Christ and the Bible he attended Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa. While at Bible College, sensing God’s call to preach, Steve surrendered to follow God’s will for his life! Following graduation in 1989 he served as an unofficial intern/associate at Fellowship Baptist in Des Moines. In 1991 he accepted the pastorate at the First Baptist Church in Pittsfield, Ill. During a family vacation in 1995 he was approached about the possibility of pastoring the Clear Lake Regular Baptist Church in Clear Lake, Iowa. Following an 18 year ministry in Clear Lake, he accepted the call to be the Lead Pastor at Bethel Baptist Church in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Pastor Steve and his wife Lynn have 4 children and 5 grandchildren.


Ronnie Hemsworth

Associate Pastor

Pastor Ronnie has been the Associate Pastor at Bethel Baptist Church in Oskaloosa, Iowa since September 2016.   He was born in 1989 and grew up in central Minnesota.  He trusted Christ as his Savior at a young age.  As a youth, he felt God leading him into full time ministry.   He graduated from Faith Baptist Bible College in 2012 with a bachelor of science in Associate Pastoral Studies with a minor in youth ministry. Ronnie married his wife, Olivia, after college. They served together as a youth leaders at Community Baptist Church in Ankeny until Ronnie was called to be the associate Pastor at Bethel Baptist Church.   Pastor Ronnie’s main responsibilities are youth, music and administration.

Pastor Ronnie & Olivia have a son named Will.


Lynn Cox


Lynn has been the Secretary at Bethel since 2017.  She handles much of the office work.  If you call us she will probably be the one to answer. :)