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Pastor Ron Baerbock

God is good.  One way that the members of Bethel Lutheran in Arcadia and Galesville measure God's goodness is by considering the way the Lord has sent pastors to serve with us.  We are especially grateful for the arrival of our newest pastor, Ron Baerbock.
Pastor Baerbock and his wife Karen (pictured here) have been married since 1970 and have served in congregations and mission fields from 1973 to 2015.  The Lord directed them from the suburbs of Milwaukee to the Pacific coast of Washington, from islands in the Caribean to villages in both Northern and Southern Mexico.  From serving to Coordinate mission field work to helping to produce multi-language outreach material, Pastor Baerbock has enjoyed a wide range of ministry experiences.  One great blessing that the Baerbocks bring to us is that they are both fluent in Spanish as well as English.
There is no doubt that Pastor and his wife count their four children and 18 grandchildren among the greatest blessings that the Lord has given to them.  Though their children live at some distance from mom and dad - West coast, Milwaukee, and two in Minnesota - the Baerbocks praise God for the faith in Jesus Christ that binds them all together.
Pastor Baerbock, as a previously retired minister, has been called to serve with Bethel in a part-time role for the next two years.  This provides Bethel with extra manpower and the Baerbocks with the opportunity to still enjoy some well-earned retirement.  Though their time with us is limited, the Lord will not put limits on the message of Christ to bring spiritual blessings to those whom we serve with God's Word.
We are happy for you to meet Pastor and Mrs. Baerbock.  We would be happier still for you to know Jesus through our ministry of the Word at Bethel Lutheran.
From Sunday to Sunday, in Arcadia and Galesville, you will find Pastors Cox and Baerbock opening up the Scriptures to all who attend.  Come and hear what good news God's Word has for you to know!  

Contact Pastor Baerbock by email - - or phone (715) 299-0786


"Peace to you!" from
Pastor Jon Cox

Grace and peace to you from Jesus Christ!  
Thank you for visiting the Bethel Lutheran website! We would be especially glad if what you saw here would lead you to visit and worship with us in Galesville or Arcadia.

My wife, Doreen, and I have been married since 1990.  We've been at home on the west side of Galesville since 2011. While our five children are growing up and heading out on their own, its nice to live where the neighbors are friendly.

The family at Bethel Lutheran is certainly a friendly group.  We love it there and believe that you would too.  Our members come from a range of backgrounds and span an age range from little ones on up, but there is a harmony among us that makes being at church there a peaceful experience. 

Over the last 27 years of ministry, I've been blessed to serve in a wide variety of settings and situations.  From a small mission congregation in central Texas, to a large congregation in central Wisconsin, to Bethel - Galesville and Arcadia. No matter the setting or size, the most valuable feature of life in these congregations is the blessing of being able to share Gods' Word with people who are eager to hear it.

It is so true that people of differing places and cultures face many of the same troubles.  We all need the Word of God to counsel and direct our lives.  The message of Jesus Christ is the one constant power that both motivates us to reach for success and comforts us when faced with plans that fail.  We can always trust the goodness of God to bless and sustain us.

It is always a blessing to meet  new people at church.  I would be so happy to help you know Jesus Christ.  Take a little time, read about what we believe, then come and see for yourself all the good things that God is doing at Bethel!

Contact Pastor Cox by email - - or phone (608) 582-9998

Faith Related Q and A

What does a submissive wife look like in Christian marriage?
It looks like the Christian church submitting to Christ. Many people today see the word “submit” suggesting a relationship in which one person dominates the other. One person is seen to be in power, while the other is seen in a subservient role. When the Bible directs people to submit, there is nothing degrading, demeaning or insulting about that instruction. Scripture tells Christians: “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (Ephesians 5:21). Then, God says: “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything” (Ephesians 5:22-24). The model of the Christian Church submitting to the leadership of Christ is the model for Christian women submitting to their husbands. In addition, the relationship between Jesus and the Church provides the model for the way husbands are to treat their wives: “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25). Husbands are to have a sacrificial love for their wives. And so it is to a loving leader (Ephesians 5:23) that a Christian wife submits. In an upcoming “Light for our path” column in Forward in Christ I will be explaining more about what a submissive wife in a Christian marriage looks like.
My grandson is starting to experience panic attacks, which also affects his father (my son) and me. My son stated yesterday that he is mad at God. He doesn't understand why God would create my grandson with this affliction as the boy has a very strong faith and unusual intelligence/compassion for his age. I always told my son that God intends great things for the boy to bless him like this. My son says that now the boy will never achieve any great things because God allowed the boy to be cursed with panic attacks and will be afraid all his life. What can I say to my son?
Created in the image of God, Adam and Eve initially enjoyed a perfect life on earth. After sin entered their world, life on earth changed for the worse. Troubles and difficulties became a part of daily life (Genesis 3:16-19). Physical death became a consequence of sin. That was true also of spiritual and eternal death. Thanks be to God that he promised a Savior (Genesis 3:15) and fulfilled that promise (Galatians 4:4-5). Because of sin’s entrance into God’s perfect world, there are birth defects, illnesses, diseases and accidents (for example, John 9:1-3). God could prevent these things, just as he could have prevented sin from entering his perfect creation in the first place. God knows what he is doing. He remains wise and kind and powerful. Your grandson is the object of God’s love. God sent Jesus into the world for him (John 3:16). God desires the salvation of your grandson (1 Timothy 2:4). Your grandson’s condition does not mean that God loves him less than others. If you have not done so already, I would encourage you to speak to your son about seeking medical treatment for your grandson. Medical personnel can diagnose and suggest best treatment methods. God bless you all.
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Silence or counsel?
My mother hardly spoke of it. But when she did, even in old age, hurt haunted its telling. On a Sunday morning, right after worship, Mom took my two brothers and me to visit her parents. I was in second grade. One brother was in kindergarten, and the other was three. The Adams’ farm was […]

Bethel Evangelical
Lutheran Church

N29280 Loesel Lane
Arcadia, WI  54612

In Arcadia, Sunday 
worship is at 9:00 a.m.
Bible study and 
Sunday school at 10:30 a.m.

N16303 Church Lane
Galesville, WI  54630

In Galesville, Sunday 
worship is at 9:00 a.m. 
Bible study and 
Sunday school at 10:30 a.m.

Thursday Evenings 
Galesville offers a
midweek service at 6:00 p.m.


Bethel Staff

Pastor Jon N. Cox

Pastor Ron Baerbock

Karla Johnson
Administrative Assistant


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Daily Devotions - Audio
» No More Slavery – July 21, 2019
» Unity in Diversity – July 20, 2019
» Cross Carrying Christians – July 19, 2019
Through My Bible In 3 Years - Audio
» Through My Bible Yr 2 – July 21
» Through My Bible Yr 2 – July 20
» Through My Bible Yr 2 – July 19
WELS Together Newsletter:
» Synod convention begins July 29
» First Taste of Missions a success
» New seminary planned for Indonesia