Pastors

Chris Barksdale

Pastor of leadership & preaching

He grew up in Virginia knowing nothing about Jesus. Yet, God saved Pastor Chris at the age of 18 and since then, the Gospel of Jesus has been his passion. He is a graduate of The Master’s College and received his MDiv. from The Master’s Theological Seminary. He and his wife Sarah have four children. His claim to fame is he was a Clippers fan when it wasn’t cool. Despite now living in the midwest, he continues to be a diehard L.A. Dodgers fan, and has an allergic reaction to camping. You can read the over-abundance of hashtags that Chris puts on Twitter here and see all the antics of the Barksdale clan on Facebook here.

Justin Cook

Pastor of family & training

Justin is a 2nd generation pastor. He did his undergraduate work at Baptist Bible College (now Summit University) and his graduate work at Biola University. He and his wife Emily have three daughters. Prior to joining the pastoral staff at Bethesda, he taught high school Bible for 5 years. Justin is a fan of all Indianapolis sports, although he still can’t figure out why Indy Eleven fans cheer for tie games. You’ll find him posting on Facebook about his family here and on his true social media love, Twitter.

Eddie Ferguson

Pastor of community & mobilization

Pastor Eddie is a graduate of BCS, Moody Bible Institute, and is currently seeking his MDiv. from Moody Seminary. He is a former missionary to Mexico and thoroughly enjoys being the Pastor of International Travel. Eddie is married to Sara, and can be spotted wearing flannel shirts, consuming large amounts of coffee, and claiming he is not a hipster.

Bryan Waggoner

pastor of care & Communication

Bryan, originally from Brownsburg, was a star employee of Burger Chef and is the only one on staff who knows what “Burger Chef” is. He is a graduate of Cedarville College (now University) and has served since 1983 at Bethesda with his wife Sheri. They have four adult children and three grandchildren, all of whom provide an excellent audience for his puns and bad jokes. For updates on Bethesda’s various ministries and other interesting info you can follow Pastor Bryan on Twitter. If you don’t mind a few bad jokes sprinkled in with thoughts on Scripture passages, connect with him on Facebook.