Ryan Kunce - Senior Pastor
I am a Christian first, then a husband, father, and minister. I am blessed that the Lord has called my life and my family into His service. I am married to a beautiful woman, Julie Kunce, who is a talented musician and skilled graphic artist. We had our lovely daughter Bridgette in May of 2011, our son Atticus in August of 2013 and most recent edition Lydia in April of 2019.
I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and am the third child of five in my family. In the spring of 2002 I accepted Christ as my Savior and a few years later received a call to ministry. It was shortly after receiving my bachelor’s degree that I married my wife Julie who is both my best friend and greatest cheerleader, encouraging me to serve for the Glory of God. I have received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Missouri Baptist University and a Master’s of Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. On September 23, 2012 I preached in view of a call at First Baptist Church of Bethany. It is incredibly humbling to serve our church family who is committed to God, each other, and sound doctrine.
Casey Joyce - Associate Pastor
I’ve been blessed to have served in ministry for almost two decades now! I married my awesome ministry partner, lovely bride and best friend Sheri, in 2004. The Lord grew our team with the birth of our oldest son Levi in 2009, daughter Lizzie in 2011, and our youngest son in Logan in 2015.
I was born and raised on the southside of Dallas, TX. I surrendered my life to Jesus as my Lord and Savior in 1991 and felt His call to ministry my senior year of high school. I was soon able to serve in my first ministry experience…and haven’t stopped yet. The Lord has allowed me to lead student ministries in Texas and Missouri. He has also given me the opportunity to lead mission teams to numerous places around our country and around the world.
I have received a Bachelor’s in Finance from the University of North Texas, a Master’s of Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Master’s of Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. We joined the staff at First Baptist Church of Bethany in January of 2017 and have been tremendously blessed by our FBC faith family!"
Tom Hansel - Custodian
I was not born into a Christian family. My grandmother, who was a Christian, made sure I attended Sunday school and church regularly. During my teenage years I quit going as often. Even after marriage and having children I seldom attended church. I knew about Jesus but didn’t have a personal relationship with Him. In 1996 I began to have the desire to read the scriptures. It was then that I began to understand who Jesus was. After resisting the Holy Spirit for years, I made the decision one morning during the invitation to begin a relationship with Christ. I felt a definite peace within me when I finally made that decision.
In September of 1978 I married my wife Carma. We have two wonderful children, Brett & Mandy. We are also blessed to have four grandchildren, all of them whom I love very much.
I began serving as custodian in the fall of 2009. I also serve as Deacon Chairman.