Margie Johnson 

Church Administrator


Margie isn't just the church secretary, she's more like an assistant pastor, greeting visitors to the church on weekdays, coordinating events and activites, co-editing the monthly newsletter, and providing a ready "ear" for folks when the pastor is out of the office. If you ever need an answer, just call Margie! Along with her husband, Bill, she loves the Phillies, Eagles, and March Madness.
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Joe has been attending Bethesda since 2010. He was appointed at Technology Manager in 2014. Since then Joe has strived to bring Bethesda into the 21st century by updating services around and related to the building. Outside of church Joe works at the Northeast Family YMCA and the Philadelphia Academy Charter School. He is also the President of his former high school's alumni association.
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Joseph Bonsted

Technology Manager



Freda works along side her sister, Joan, in coordinating all efforts in the Children's Ministry Department here at Bethesda. Her passion is for children and for many years she has taught children of all ages on Sunday mornings both for Sunday school and as leader of Junior Church, Leader for Kids Club and VBS. She is both an ordained Deacon and Elder. For last 25 years she has served as the Director of Children's Ministry at her prior church. Freda live in Northeast Phila. with her sister, Joan. 

Freda Fulton  

Co Children's Ministries Director

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Joan works along side her sister Freda in coordinating all efforts in the Childrens Ministry Department here at Bethesda. She is a mother of 2 grown daughters. The proud grandmother of a granddaughter and grandson. She has taught Sunday school for 45 years, and has been the Christian Education Director at two prior churches. Joan's interest has always been children and she is looking forward to meeting your children and teaching them about her friend and Savior Jesus.

Joan Stewart  

Co Children's Ministries Director 

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Donna Popp

Music Ministries Director


Donna has been organist/choir director at Bethesda since July 2012. She is more than willing to assist wherever she is needed: adding her musical talent, her strong faith,and her own brand of humor to every occasion. Donna is a former member of Frankford High School's A Capella Choir and has recently retired from her teaching career. Donna is a welcome addition to our church family.
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Gary Freeman

Minister of Music, Early Service


Gary leads the music at the 9:30 service, singing and playing piano/keyboard. He also coordinates the music and computer graphics and visuals at that service. Gary is a school vocal and instrumental music teacher in Bristol, PA, a Phillies and Eagles fan, and he enjoys computers, coaching his kids' sports teams and being a dad. He's married to Mary Anne, a nurse. They have three children, Christina, Michael and Jennifer.

Bill Bishop  

Sexton & Custodian



Bill is the one who readies and sets up Fellowship Hall for the 9:30 Sunday morning worship service and gets things ready for Fellowship Hour between services. He's also generally into keeping the place looking sharp for Sunday morning. Since Harry Yocum retired, Bill has also taken over custodial duties. If you have a question about where to find something or its condition, Bill usually has the answer! Bill likes auto racing, working on cars, and helping people!


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Esther Chernak  

Kingdom Keepers Coordinator


Esther Chernak is a former Pediatric Nurse Specialist who worked in the Spinal Cord Injury Unit of Philadelphia's Shriners Hospital for Children. She was also the staff nurse for the Pegasus Riding Academy, a therapeutic horseback riding program which provides both physical and recreational therapies for the disabled.Esther has preached children's sermons in Philadelphia churches over the years and has also worked with churches' children's and youth groups.


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    Bethesda Presbyterian Church is a congregation located in the Northeast Section of Philadelphia, Pa. Here is where you will find a warm, safe and caring place that will accept you like family.  We want you to feel comfortable and encouraged here. 


    Jesus accepts people just as they do we. Feel free to browse through the various areas of our website and learn about our fellowship.


     If you're new to the Northeast Philadelphia area or considering relocating here, we'd be pleased to have you as our guest for Sunday worship, at Sunday School, or for any of our activities or special events.

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