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Pastoral Care Coordinator

Rev. Dennis H. Bennett, Emeritus

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Rev. Dennis and Jan Bennett joined Bethel in July of 2016.  Rev. Bennett was welcomed into the staff as Pastoral Care Coordinator in early 2017 to help care for the homebound and hospitalized members.

Pastor Bennett, born in a small south-central Wisconsin town, joined in marriage with his now life-long helpmate, Jan, in 1968.  They have four children: Stephanie, Daniel, Jennifer, and David.

Upon graduation from University of Wisconsin/St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing, Pr. Bennett was commissioned into the U.S.Army. Upon returning from his deployment to Vietnam, he attended and was graduated with honors from the School of Anesthesiology for ANC Officers.  Following a deployment to Korea, he was medically retired as a Regular Army Officer.  Following several years of anesthesia practice as a C.R.N.A., Pr. Bennett graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in 1984, concentrating his studies in pastoral care. After serving a coastal congregation in south Texas (St. Luke-Sweeny), Pr. Bennett received a faculty appointment at U.T. M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas for the purpose of a clinical residency as a Chaplain Supervisor with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.  He came to Catawba County in 1989 as Director of Pastoral Care and to develop a basic C.P.E. program at Catawba Memorial Hospital  (now Catawba Valley Medical Center/CVMC) focusing on helping pastors integrate their theological beliefs into the delivery of effective pastoral care. Following 20 years of anesthesia practice at CVMC and ministry activity, Pr. Bennett retired in 2010.

Pastor Bennett is active in Circuit 17, LCMS Southeastern District, Foothills Veterans Helping Veterans (Support Groups/Homeless Veterans), Foothills Veterans Stand Down (annual), Dental Referral Service for Veterans, D.A.V. Chapter 34 (Chaplain), Volunteer at Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry and Lunch Buddy Mentor with the Catawba County Council of Adolescents.

He enjoys woodworking, membership in the T.D.H. Golf Team, Adult and Cantata Choirs, camping and helping his children in their home renovation projects.   

Pastor Bennett's view of ministry is summed up in the words of Jesus:

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away". Mt. 19:14,15