Church Staff


The church has paid staff and many volunteer staff members. Our paid staff has set office hours and many have availability to you via a church email and voicemail. If you need immediate support with a church-related detail, please contact Pastor Ray or Cathy Tallman.


Pastor Ray is a native of Vandalia, OH and a graduate of Capital University. He graduated from Trinity Lutheran Seminary with a M.Div in 1991. Pastor served at All Saints Lutheran Church in Worthington, OH before being called to Bethel in 1994. Pastor Ray and his wife Valorie are dedicated members of the congregation and the Grove City community. Their son Andrew is currently studying at Miami University (Ohio).

The Reverend Peter I. Ray

Lead Pastor

Pastor Wise joined Bethel Lutheran Church in 2015 as an assistant pastor. He was born and raised in Toledo, OH and graduated from The University of Toledo and Trinity Lutheran Seminary with a M. Div in 1995. His past calls include Pastor at Reformation Lutheran Church in Columbus, OH (1995-1998), Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio (1998-2006) and Episcopal Retirement Homes (2006-2011). And in addition to assistant Pastor at Bethel, he currently serves as Director of Pastoral Care at All Saints Lutheran Church in Worthington, OH. Pastor Wise can be reached at

The Reverend Jeff Wise


Cathy handles scheduling of the building and programs, as well as day to day operations in the office. She is also director of Amazing Kids Academy, a daily preschool owned by the church. Her hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cathy can be reached at

Cathy Tallman

Office Manager & Amazing Kids Academy Director

As Director, she oversees all youth and family ministries including our youth groups, christian education programs and more. She further serves in a volunteer role as Member Inclusion Director to ensure all members’ talents and personal contact detail is kept updated on church files and that volunteer positions are properly filled. Kim can be reached at

Kim Miller

Youth & Family Ministry Director & Member Inclusion Director

With a BA in political science and a minor in organ performance from Dordt University in Iowa, Ward supports our liturgical music through organ playing.

Ward Mathias

Associate Musician

Judy is an associate musician supporting the congregation with both piano and organ playing at various times throughout the year. She also directs our Chime Choir.

Judy Harvey

Associate Musician & Chime Choir Director

Ruth’s primary music responsibilities are to accompany our second campus in Lockbourne, Ohio.

Ruth Hiles

Associate Musician

Steve handles the day to day facilities operations, and makes sure everything is in working order and running smoothly.

Steve Black

Church Sexton

Crystal is our weekly nursery attendant and assures your child between the ages of infant through 4 yrs. is loved and cared for during our worship service.

Crystal Smith

Director of Child Care Ministries