Who Are We?

We are teachers and students, leaders and learners, artists and musicians, mountain climbers and trailblazers, prayer warriors and shuttle drivers. We are a diverse group of individuals and families called together to worship and fellowship in community, whose primary aims are to give expression to the hope found in Christ and to share that hope with the world.


Countless invaluable volunteers work behind-the-scenes at Bethany West Seattle. We could not function as a church body without them. Find out more about serving at Bethany West Seattle.


Bethany Community Church is supported by hundreds of members—individuals who have attended Bethany for a while, who call Bethany their home church, and who have committed publicly to Bethany's membership covenant. They support the church body in countless ways through service, leadership, and prayer. We emphasize membership because real community is the fruit of commitment, service, and accountability. Find out more about becoming a member.


At the helm of Bethany Community Church is an 8- to 11-member Governing Council who are nominated and elected each year by the church members. These dedicated, experienced leaders direct the mission of Bethany and seek to discern God’s vision for our community.

Pastoral Leadership Transition

Pastor Shonnie Scott is passing the baton to a new lead pastor this spring, and a search is currently under way for the future lead pastor. Check out the FAQs regarding the pastoral leadership transition and search process.


West Seattle Pastors and Staff

Richard Dahlstrom, Senior PastorRichard Dahlstrom, Senior Pastor

Sarah Odell, Director of Family Ministries

Prentice Park, Lead PastorPrentice Park, Lead Pastor
Prentice Park, Lead Pastor

Sarah Siefke, Bethany West Seattle Administrative Assistant

Steven Denler, West Seattle Worship DirectorSteven Denler, West Seattle Worship Director
Steven Denler, West Seattle Worship Director