Pastor Roger Viksnes
Tel: (860) 653-2005, ext, 12
Pastor Roger grew up in East Hartland at Bethany and now the Lord has led him to return to serve at Bethany as Lead Pastor. Previous to this, Pastor Roger served the Lord at churches in Minnesota and also in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from Westfield State College in 1998 and then taught 4th grade in Litchfield, CT before attending seminary. Roger is married to Jenny, who also grew up in East Hartland and they have five children, Juliana, Jack, Anthony, Carleigh and Ella. Roger enjoys driving his motorcycle, pretending that he is a carpenter and being together with people doing pretty much anything.
Favorite Verse: Colossians 1:13-14 "For God has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves (Jesus), in who we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins."
Pastor Evan Langlois
Pastor of Outreach and Discipleship
Tel: (860) 653-2005, ext. 13
Pastor Evan grew up in Winsted, CT and heard God's call for him in ministry while he was in college. After his graduation from the University of Connecticut in 2003, Evan and his wife, Beth, moved to Minnesota to continue his education at the Lutheran Brethren Seminary where he graduated with a Masters of Divinity in 2007. After his graduation from seminary, the Lord led Pastor Evan and his wife Beth back to Connecticut to serve in full time ministry in East Hartland. Since moving to Hartland, Evan and Beth were blessed with a daughter, Leah, and two boys, Eddie and Grady, and their family has been amazed at the work that God continues to do. Evan enjoys sports, woodworking, spending time with family and building friendships. Ultimately, he enjoys helping people experience the peace that comes only through Jesus Christ.
Favorite Verse: Mark 10:45 "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and give his life as a ransom for many."
Zack grew up in Waverly Iowa and later moved northward to Minneapolis to study theology. There he was blessed to meet his wife Alexis and after getting married moved even further north to Duluth. The two moved to East Hartland in July of 2015 and have enjoyed seeing the Lord's blessing and provision in this community. Zack enjoys geeky things like tech, chess, and rubik's cubes, as well fly fishing, and playing mandolin.
Favorite Verse: Ephesians 5:1-2
"Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us"
Tel: (860) 653-2005, ext. 11
Brita Skaret grew up in East Hartland attending, participating and volunteering in many of the ministries at Bethany. After high school she had planned to go to school and be a teacher. After God made it clear that was not His plan she took some time of searching. It finally became clear that His plan was for her to serve His church. At first that meant volunteering through youth groups, praise band, and other areas. Then the position of Administrative Assistant was created and she was accepted. She now strives to serve God, out of love, for all that He has done and continues to do.
Favorite Verse: Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.
Tel: (860) 653-2005
Sandy grew up in Weston, CT and attended Syracuse University. Prior to graduating from college her family was relocated to Avon, CT. Sandy began attending Valley Community Baptist Church and accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. After a few years of attending the church she was called to be the Office Manager and Financial Secretary for Valley Community Baptist Church. In 2006 she and her husband Mark moved to East Hartland and began attending Bethany Lutheran Brethren Church. In 2013 God called her to serve the church as the Bookkeeper. Sandy enjoys gardening, cooking, walking and fellowship with people.
Favorite verse: Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. NKJV