Bethel Staff & Leadership

The staff and leadership here at Bethel is comprised of men and women who love, care, and pray for every single person in the church. If you have questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email us at or call our church office to speak with one of them.

  • Jim Clifton

    Pastor Jim has been Lead Pastor at Bethel for 29 years. He went through the Nazarene Course of Study in preparation for ministry and was ordained in 1988. He is passionate about people knowing Jesus and living for Him as true followers. He loves to preach and his style is energetic and relational. Jim enjoys anything that involves a ball, as well trap shooting and hunting. Pastor Jim has been married to his lovely Nancy for 46 Years and has two grown children and six grandchildren. Jim is a people person and this is demonstrated in his ministry and his personal life.  

  • Sonya Miller

    Pastor Sonya is our Administrative Pastor, and assistant to Pastor Jim. She began at Bethel in 1994 as church secretary. Not long after that, she sensed God’s call on her life to pursue Church Administration as a ministry and vocation. Sonya was ordained in 2006 as a minister in the Church of the Nazarene. Sonya is also a graduate of Northwest Nazarene University with degrees in Business Administration and Office Management. As a trained facilitator with Abuse Recovery Ministry & Services, Sonya leads a weekly group for women who have been victims of domestic abuse. In her spare time, you can find Sonya investing into the lives of women through Mary Kay, cooking, canning and caring for her home, loving her family (Daren-husband of 35 years; Lydia, Dawson, Morgan, Siler and Molly; Carrie, Ryan, Landon & Lucas; John & Tara), playing the piano and singing, reading a variety of books, and seeing as much baseball as she can (go Spokane Indians! and Seattle Mariners!).

  • Ryan Pearson

    Pastor Ryan is our Youth and Worship Pastor. He has been volunteering with the Bethel Youth since 2012, and became the Youth Pastor in September of 2017. Ryan was born and raised in the Spokane area. He is a graduate of Eastern Washington University with a degree in Secondary Social Studies Education with two minors (English and English as a Second Language). He is currently enrolled and pursuing an online Master’s Degree in Youth, Children, and Family Ministry at Northwest Nazarene University. Ryan is married to Carrie, and they have two sons, Landon and Lucas. They also have a cat, Silvie, and one dog, Abby. Ryan enjoys going thrift shopping, playing video games, hosting Nerf wars, songwriting, singing, and playing his various instruments.

  • SHelton Hansen

    Pastor Shelton is our Children & Family Pastor and helps lead the Young Adult Ministry. He has been at Bethel since May 2011 after he moved here from Colorado Springs, Colorado. He met his wife, Bethany, here at Bethel! He is a graduate of Nazarene Bible College with a degree in Pastoral Ministry and was ordained in 2019 as a minister in the Church of the Nazarene. When he is not spending time with kids or young adults, he enjoys being with his wife, Bethany, son John Paul, 2 dogs (Blaze, Standard Poodle and Ace, German Shepherd) and other family. He enjoys playing football, basketball, going to the shooting range and just being around people.

  • John Anderson

    Pastor John is a retired Nazarene Pastor. He pastored churches from 1953 to 1968, serving in both Oregon and Washington. From 1968 to 1993, he was an administrator at Northwest Nazarene College, now NNU. He has been a part of the Bethel family since 2000. Since his retirement in 1993, he has ministered primarily to Senior Adults. At present, he is Worship Chairman and Bible Teacher at Touchmark Retirement Home, where he lives with his lovely wife, Jo.