Pastor Gene Strother


Pastor Gene Strother

Phone : 512-346-4770

I grew up in Oakdale, Louisiana, and attended McNeese State University after graduating high school.  God called me to preach after my first year of college while I was home for the summer.  Within a few months I moved to Texas and began walking through the doors He was opening.  God was changing the direction of my life in clear and unmistakable ways.   

Over the next several years I earned a degree in Bible and Music and became the Director of Music and Youth at First Baptist Church of Fort Worth, Texas.  My first pastorate was at Maranatha Baptist Church in Chickasha, Oklahoma, and I have been the pastor of Bethel Baptist Church since March of 1984.  Local church ministry has always been my calling and passion.   

Karen and I are enjoying this remarkable season in our lives.  We are blessed to be in a church that is growing in faith, hope, and love.  God continues to surround us with family and friends who enrich our lives.  We enjoy trying new restaurants, traveling to new places, and experiencing new things.  A trip to Disney World, Karen’s favorite place on earth, is always an adventure.  We are looking forward to many more years of happiness and ministry together.