Nathaniel J.
Yates Sr.

Pastor Nathaniel J. Yates Sr.

Rev. Nathaniel J. Yates Sr.  serves as Pastor here at Bethany Community Church in Laurel Maryland. Pastor Nate was confirmed, and began serving, as our church’s second pastor on May 5, 2019. Later, a formal installation service was held on September 7, 2019. 

Before coming to Bethany, Pastor Yates served as the Youth and Young Adult Pastor at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Largo, MD. He has also served in ministry at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden where he was licensed and ordained by his Pastor and father in ministry, Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr. .

Pastor Nathaniel holds a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Lancaster Bible College, Capital Bible Seminary; and currently is a Ph.D. candidate for a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies. He also holds a Master of Public Health, Bachelor of Science in Human Services, and an Associates degree in Disaster Preparedness.  Pastor Yates currently also serves as an Associate Professor with the Denver Seminary and the Lancaster Bible College, Capital Bible Seminary. Pastor Yates is a federal civil servant with 20 years of service, and also serves on the Board of Overseers for Converge MidAtlantic.

Pastor Yates married First Lady Brittany in 2009 and they have three children; Nathaniel Jr., Brielle, and Micah.

Pastor Nathaniel believes that we are called to Connect with Communities, develop disciples, teach the truth, and lead with love.

Our Elders

Pastor Nathaniel J. Yates Sr.

Elder Billy Ennis

Elder Russ Nemec

Elder Rick Mastroianni

Elder Greg Ressler

Our Staff

Sheri Becraft

Children's Ministry Director

Diane Emmanuel

Visual (ASL) Worship Coordinator

Chris Kelly

Facility Manager

Amy Mastroianni

Office Administrator

Andrew Mastroianni

IT / Web Design

Jacques McCord

Food Ministry Director

Alli Milner

Youth Ministry Director

Steve Osterhout

Men's Ministry Co-Director

Min. Charles Ransom

Associate Minister for Worship

Chris WeRner

Men's Ministry Co-Director

Min. Bobby Wheeler

Missions Ministry Director

First Lady Brittany Yates

Women's Ministry Director