A Brief Biography
My name is Joshua Derek Bethay (pronounced “BUH-thay”) and I am a Christian, a son to Derek and Christy, a brother to Hannah, and a member of Emmaus Bible Church. I was born in Leesburg, Virginia and was raised in Fort Wayne/New Haven, Indiana.
Shortly after graduating from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2019 with a B.Sc. in Christian Ministries, I moved to my current home in Omaha, Nebraska as a staff member of Emmaus Bible Church.
“What Do You Believe?”
I am a Christian, meaning that I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that salvation from my sin against God is by His grace, through faith, in the substitutionary death of His Son in my place. My salvation is not by my own works, nor my own righteousness, but of Christ’s (Romans 3:20-31).
Within the Christian faith there are several branches, traditions, and denominations. Amongst these veins, I am:
- Protestant – I believe that salvation is through faith and affirm the five solas of the Reformation.
- Evangelical – I believe in the gospel and that it is to be proclaimed to those who do not know it.
- Reformed – I believe in the doctrines of grace, popularly called Calvinism.
- Baptist – I believe in the administration of baptism to believers alone and affirm a congregational model of church government.
In short, I am a Christian who could be particularly identified as a Reformed Baptist, subscribing to The 1689 Second London Baptist Confession of Faith as an accurate summary of what the Scripture’s teach about God, man, salvation, and the church. Nevertheless, I joyously call anyone who believes in the same God (Matthew 16:16) and gospel (Ephesians 2:1-10; cf. Galatians 1:8-9, 5:1-6) a brother or sister whether or not they belong to my particular tribe within the Christian faith.
“How Do I Get In Touch With You?”