WELCOME / PASTOR INFO
Welcome to Bethany
Welcome to our New Pastor, Rev. Dan Breznau!
Welcome to Bethany United Methodist!
Some years ago, a friend of mine had an audience with the Pope. During their conversation my friend was deeply impressed with the idea that
each of us has a unique story, a story that God is writing through us. As, I believe it is also true of each
person reading this has his or her own story to tell, I hope that at some point you will share yours with me
I spent my early years being raised in
Detroit, Michigan. It was a tumultuous time. Race issues boiled over into riots, the Vietnam War was a deepening wound in
our country and the “God was dead” movement was gaining momentum.
In addition, faith in the leadership of our country was increasingly being eroded, along with the idea of a
traditional family. It was out of this cauldron that I began very
early to ask questions about God and the authenticity of the Christian community. In contrast, was my parents’ modeling fidelity, love for truth, as well as a
strong work ethic. I needed to find a path for myself amidst the
conflicting values around me.
And so I began my journey to find some answers. It took me across our country to all
but two of the states. I have held a
diversity of jobs in construction, healthcare, restaurant, retail, and publishing areas. In addition, I was the proprietor of a small furniture manufacture
facility. However, my journey has continually led me back
to the church, where I have held various positions of service.
What I have found is that it has been
among “regular” folk that faith often seemed to be most real.
Perhaps it is due to the fact that one’s daily existence is often hanging on a thread. Opportunities to see God provide in various ways come to the
forefront. This is in keeping with early Methodists, who regularly
asked the question about God’s action in their life as well as in the lives of their local
community. It my hope that we too will share in the rich
experience of God in our midst as we come together to pray, laugh, work, and celebrate God’s ongoing movement
in our lives.
Blessings, Pastor Dan
A Special Message from former Pastor Llenado:
I want to take this moment to thank you all for your openness to the SPR’s announcement. To those of you who don’t
know, I will be assigned to a different church starting July first of 2018. In spite that this decision came as
somewhat unexpected, your supportiveness speaks a lot about your spirit as a collective.
Thank you for the loving ways you have expressed care to my family and me. Thank you for expressing your shared
confidence that you, as a church, will be held by Grace. Thank you for affirming positive expectation for my new
ministry at Fairwood Community UMC.
Thank you for letting me share this journey with you. Thank you for the mission we did together. Thank you for the
spiritual bond that will continue to connect us in Jesus Christ. Amen.
New Pastor's Office Hours:
Bethany UMC is a neighborhood church
that feels like a family, and looks like a church! We practice the United Methodist slogan -
"Open hearts, Open doors, Open minds".
You will be warmly welcomed here whether you come with
toddlers or by yourself. In this church you have permission to laugh! We have a thriving food bank that serves our
community, along with other Programs & Activities of interest.
Recently, we have installed a new sound system along
with two large video monitors to aid in worship and singing hymns.
Bethany United Methodist Church is celebrating our 114th year anniversary
in 2018. We have a long history serving the community going back to 1904.
Please check our History page for more
We want to personally invite you to our
Sunday Worship Service that begins at 11:00AM.
We are located one block south of south
56th street on Park Ave. in Tacoma, Washington. A Safeway store is 1 block north.
Our address is 5634 South Park Ave., Tacoma, WA 98408. We have curb-side parking in
front of the church along with two small parking lots in the rear.
For you Security, we have installed
Security Cameras that record the activity around the church. This is both to protect you and our staff and helps
insure that you have a safe and pleasant visit.
Our Office Phone number is 253-475-7098.
Office email is: email@example.com
**Click HERE for a map to Bethany
Here are a few things to help you during the worship
We welcome children at the worship service. If at any time you would feel more comfortable if your
little ones were in the nursery, an usher would be glad to direct you.
We do have some people here with allergies, so the next time you come, we request that you refrain
from wearing fragrances.
Although our building appears very large from the outside, the sanctuary is surprisingly modest by
today's standards and thus projects a more intimate feeling with your fellow
You may enter either from the front or through the right side double glass doors and walk up one
flight of stairs. We also have a wheelchair ramp accessible from the left rear (south) parking
The rear of the building hosts many meeting rooms and offices as well as our Children's
Nursery, and Friendship Room where we meet after every Sunday service
for food and refreshments.
Please join us!
Come join your voice and talents to ours.
Make worship a joyful noise unto the Lord!