Bethesda began as a bible study in the home of Tom and Gartha Swearingen. It soon grew and was in need of a building to hold services in. In 1997, Pastor Gartha led the opening of Bethesda Church in its present location, currently known as the Vanceburg Campus. Since then, other pastors have led the people of Bethesda.
In September of 2010, Pastors Ben and Leslie Collier came to serve and lead at Bethesda. Over the next couple of years, it became apparent to leadership that Bethesda was meant to extend beyond Vanceburg and the idea of multiple campuses in Lewis County was birthed. The search began for other locations. Sadly, a church in the county had closed its doors in early 2012 and sat empty with a "No Trespassing" sign nailed to the front door. Pastor Ben was bothered by this, and began inquiring about the building.
Since several people that were currently attending Bethesda were from that end of the county, along with other things that seemed to be pointing that direction, the leadership at Bethesda felt this would be a great opportunity for a second campus in Lewis County. In April of 2015, Bethesda was blessed to launch a second campus in the community of Kentucky Heights in Quincy, Kentucky.
Bethesda's Vanceburg Campus and Kentucky Heights Campus are reaching the communities and making it evident that God is at work in Lewis County. Through contemporary worship services, children's and student ministries, and connection groups, Bethesda is able to reach a wide range of people. We invite you to come as you are, and grow with a group of people who just want to love God and love people.