A little bit about us and how to contact us.
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."
Tel: (860) 653-2005
Kristian Anderson was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY where he came to faith, met his wife Mary and pastored his first congregation, 59th Street Church as their Youth Pastor. Kristian and his wife then felt a call to go to seminary in Minnesota where he would finish his degree with the hopes of planting a church one day. As he was in seminary, he pastored Living Faith Church in Fergus Falls, MN until he finished his degree. After seminary, they felt a call to serve as the Campus Pastor for Triumph Lutheran Brethren Church in Moorhead, MN where he served until feeling a call in 2020 to plant a Church in Boston. Kristian is currently serving Bethany LBC in East Hartland, CT as their Executive Pastor and preparing to plant in Boston in the following year. Kristian and Mary love to travel, eat delicious food, entertain, and teach board games. But most of all, they love serving Jesus together.
Youth Director (Jr. & Sr. High)
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. Besides working at church Brita also loves spending time with her family. Her husband, Joe, will soon be attending the Lutheran Brethren Seminary.
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