Proclaim the Truth of Jesus and Grow Mature Disciples for the Glory of God

Lenard Tavernelli

I grew up in rural Ohio, and I came to know the Jesus as my Lord and Savior as a middle-schooler. During my college years, God graciously grew me spiritually through reading the Bible, godly friendships, and my involvement with Cru. In 2007, I graduated with a Master’s of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. And in 2021, I received a Doctorate of Ministry from Southeastern Theological Seminary.

I am married to my wonderful wife, Angela, and God has blessed us with three children: Micaiah, Noah, and Abrielle. I enjoy reading, a good cup of coffee, time with my family, and watching the Cleveland Browns.

I became the lead pastor of Bethel Community Church in March of 2023. I’m passionate about the gospel and proclaiming Christ from the entire Bible through expository preaching. I have a passion for developing leaders and to equip the church to proclaim the truth of Jesus and grow mature disciples of the various peoples of the world.