The Bethel Network brings like-minded churches together to cooperatively plant and revitalize churches.

Almost 85% of the people in our communities are unchurched. For the Network, reaching these people and leading them to become fully devoted followers of Christ is paramount.

Affiliating with the Network, whether as a church plant or an affiliate church, means that you are not serving alone.

  • “Many church planters launch out on God's mission for their lives without a significant support and accountability structure which often leads to burnout, poor choices, or even moral failure. What I love about the Bethel Network is the mutual accountability and support it brings to its church planters. We work as a team, so we share the work load and keep one another in check theologically, pragmatically, and morally.” – Chris Funkhouser, Pastor, The Pathway Church, Collinsville IL

  • “With a clear vision of planting and revitalizing churches, maintaining doctrinal integrity and displaying an evangelistic heart, The Bethel Network is [the] church planting partner we have been looking for for a long time. ” – André Dobson, Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Alton IL

  • “God is beginning a great work through The Bethel Network, and it is exciting to see even now the results of their selfless service in His name!” – Dr. Rick Patrick, Calvary Baptist Church, Alton IL

  • “We are not in competition with each other. Rather, we celebrate with each other as we mark success in making disciples.” – Tim Lewis, Senior Pastor, Bethel Baptist Church, Troy IL

  • “Our city asked if we would help a family clean up their yard. As a result of that afternoon’s worth of work, the homeowner, a disabled veteran, has attended The Pathway Church. His niece’s three children attended our VBS in the Park in June.” – Pastor Richard Rea, The Pathway Church, Collinsville IL

Who is the Network?

Church Affiliates

Bethel Baptist Church, Troy IL
Calvary Baptist Church, Alton IL
Crossroads Baptist Church, Brighton IL
Dow Southern Baptist Church, Dow IL
First Baptist Church, Carterville IL
Second Baptist Church, West Frankfort IL
Second Baptist Church, Granite City IL


Network Partners

Gateway Baptist Association, Madison and Jersey Counties IL
Metro East Baptist Association
The North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention
Illinois Baptist State Association
The Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest NC
Red Bank Baptist Church, Chattanooga TN
Royalton Baptist Church, Royalton IL
Woodridge Baptist Church, Kingwood TX
and many other churches and individuals sending prayers, people and resources in support of the Network's church plants