Pastoral Staff


Kirk Militzer, Lead Pastor —

My wife Julie and I moved to Eau Claire the summer of 2015.  We had previously served Triumph Lutheran Brethren Church in Moorhead, MN for 25 years. I began as Lead Pastor at Bethesda in August of 2015. I especially enjoy the opportunity to share God’s Word and encourage the church family here at Bethesda whether that is one on one, preaching, in group teaching settings, staff or leadership settings, or even in the hallways.
What beats in my chest and gets me up in the morning is that the greatest news EVER is Jesus who has come and is coming again.

I have an incredible wife Julie who is a Norwegian Farmer’s daughter from Crookston, MN. She is a teacher and enjoys scrapbooking. We have three young adult “kids.” Danielle our daughter is a teacher and is married to Dr. Matt Casperson a chiropractor in Bemidji, MN. Josh is a grad student in Physical Therapy at UW–Madison and will graduate in May of 2019. Josiah our youngest is getting married to Annie Christofferson of Rochester,MN the spring of 2018.

I enjoy laughing and licorice, reading and running (kind of), hunting and hanging out at campfire with godly men and lots of laughter,
I am die hard Viking fan and never get tired of hearing about the incredible grace our Heavenly Father has lavished on us in Jesus. 


Brian Quade, Executive Pastor —

I’ve been involved at Bethesda since 1990, when I started college at UWEC and have been in my current role since January, 2010. As Executive Pastor, in addition to the privilege of caring for people in our congregation and preaching about once a month, my responsibilities center around 3 main areas. I have the privilege of leading staff meetings and supervising many of our staff. I also oversee operations by working with the Elders, Trustees, Staff, and other leaders on budgets, ministry plans, policies, and facilities. Finally, I get to come alongside our various departments and ministries to help ensure that what we’re doing is aligned around our shared vision and that we are working together to help people grow in their relationship with Jesus. It’s a pretty awesome job, and I’m honored and humbled to be here!

I am grateful for the privilege of entering life with people, hearing and processing their stories. I’m also passionate about helping people understand what the Bible says in the hope that we’ll all experience the God of Wonder who reveals himself and invites us to trust him through the words he’s given us and his continuing work in our lives.

My wife Kristen and I were married in 1998, and we have 3 kids - Brianna, Kami, and Kip, who keep getting older.

I’ve always wanted to have cool hobbies but never figured out what they should be. I enjoy reading - for personal growth and for fun. I enjoy movies, especially when I get to watch and discuss them with Kris. And I enjoy playing games with my kids in the moments we get to slow down between other activities.

Ministry and Support Staff


Drew Clausen, Communications Director —

I've been on staff here at Bethesda since 2010, but Bethesda has been my church home since I came to Eau Claire as a college student back in the 1980s.

As Communications Director, it's my job to keep you all informed about what's happening in our church family, and to tell our stories. One of the best parts of my job is helping you to tell our stories, too, so that together we can share the great gospel story.

When not behind my desk, my family and I enjoy exploring state parks, driving down along the Mississippi or up along the North Shore of Lake Superior.


Arlene Dittner, Secretary —

I joined the Bethesda staff in August of 1998, but I have been attending Bethesda since I was in 4th grade - when our family moved to Eau Claire. This is my home church! It is a privilege to serve Christ alongside our pastors, staff, and members of the congregation.


When I’m not working, I love spending time with my husband, children and grandchildren.


Terry Dorenbush, Operations —

My wife Mary and I moved to Eau Claire in the summer of 2003. I had just retired after 27 years as a full time technician for the Minnesota Army National Guard and 34 years as a member of the National Guard. I was accepted and trained as a Licensed Pastor in the United Methodist Church and served two years as a part-time pastor in Rib Lake, WI and three years at a three-point charge in Emerald, Glenwood City and Downing, WI. We joined the Bethesda Lutheran Brethren Church through the annual meeting in 2015.

I joined the Bethesda Staff in September 2018 in a volunteer status to provide additional help in the operations of the church with emphasis on Human Resources, Facility Management, and any other areas I can be of assistance. I currently am a member of the Trustee Committee which is primarily involved with church finances, Human Resources, Facility Maintenance and building usage issues.

Mary and I have two children, Jennifer and her husband Christopher Dean and grandsons Calvin and Campbell Dean who reside in Eau Claire, WI. We have a son Jarret and his wife Lisa with grandsons Thomas and Trenton Dorenbush who reside in New Richmond, WI.

I enjoy reading, walking for exercise, pickleball, golf , time at our cabin near Sarona, WI, and attending our grandson’s many sporting and musical activities.


Dorie Fink, Director of Children's Ministries —

I came on staff at Bethesda in 2013, as the Nursery Coordinator. In 2017, I became Director of Children’s Ministries. I absolutely love what I get to do! My job involves coming alongside of families to support them in the nurture and development of their children, and joining the congregation as we seek to know, encourage, instruct and learn from the youngest members of the Body of Christ. This includes recruiting, training and supporting volunteers, overseeing curriculum, planning activities and programming, working together with other staff and church leaders, and getting to know families. Discovering the depths of God’s love and exploring what that means together is a gift that continues to amaze me.

When I’m not “at work,” I enjoy spending time with my husband and 2 sons, as well as reading, and a variety of creative projects. When opportunity allows, I enjoy traveling with my family and discovering new places, especially in nature. My picture of a “perfect evening,” is cuddling up on the sofa with our dog and a cup of tea while I visit with my family, or get lost in a good book.


Jim Hermann, Custodian —

I have been on staff at Bethesda since July of 2007. My responsibilities include facility maintenance and event set-up.

My wife Holly and I were married in 1984 and have three grown children and one grandchild.

One of my passions is music (I'm a drummer) and I love to use that gift both here at the church and outside of church.


Eric Johnson, Director of Ministries to Students and their Families —

I began serving at Bethesda in 2016.  My family includes my wife Sarah, son Jace and daughter Allison.  We all love teenagers and strive to introduce them to Christ and help them on their journey with Him.  In my free time you will find me on an adventure discovering something new, traveling, or hanging out with friends at a coffee shop.

Brittney Malone, Bona Fide —


Kurt Mattison, Congregational Care —



Karyn Quandt, Choir Director —



Liz Rico, Nursery Director —

I was hired to be on staff here at Bethesda as the Nursery Director in June of 2017. I love my job because I not only get to work with kids, but I also get to connect with the families. When I am not working at church, I enjoy spending time with friends, family and going on long rollerblade rides while enjoying the beautiful outdoors.


Jared Rico, Tech Lead —

I have attended Bethesda my whole life, I came on staff in 2012. My position here at Bethesda is Tech Lead. I have been fascinated with technology ever since I was a kid. I enjoy my job because I get to do something that I’m interested in and I get to help others. In my free time I am a volunteer firefighter. At my station I am the Safety and Training Officer. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends.


Aaron Spina, Bethesda Worship Arts —