Pastor Jim Baughman has been the pastor at Bethel Baptist Church since 2003. He has been serving the Lord in Christian ministry since 1993. After graduating from Faith Baptist Bible College in Pastoral Studies, he pastored churches in Iowa before making his move to Indiana where he and his family found a home at Bethel Baptist. With the many changes and growth at Bethel, Jim continues to be excited and blessed by being a part of a healthy, multiplying church.
His wife, Elaine, serves alongside him, as well as many of their adult children. Pastor Jim and his family are very active in the Pierceton community, volunteering at the school, library, fire department, and little league.
It is well known that Pastor Jim is one of the biggest kids of the church family and enjoys all sorts of outdoor activities and sports. More than anything, he enjoys spending time with Elaine, his children, and his grandchildren. Pastor Jim truly has a heart for the Lord as well as for people.
"After beginning my career as a mechanic, God called me to preach in October of 1988. I met Elaine while studying for the ministry at Faith Baptist Bible College in Iowa. We have been privileged to serve the Lord in two different churches in Iowa before coming to Bethel. God has been so good to choose to bless us."
- Pastor Jim Baughman