About Our Pastor

Pastor Nathaniel & Brittany Yates

Nathaniel J. Yates Sr.  serves as Pastor here at Bethany Community Church in Laurel Maryland. Pastor Nate was confirmed as our church’s second pastor on May 5, 2019. Upon confirmation he was entrusted with Bethany Community Church, following the retirement of Bethany’s founding pastor, Kevin McGhee, after 32 years of ministry.

Pastor Nathaniel is a native of Washington, D.C. and has established a track record of servant leadership in the church, military, and the community; having served in the United States Air Force, and various youth and young adult leadership roles in ministry at First Baptist Church of Glenarden and Metropolitan Baptist Church in Largo MD. Pastor Nathaniel was licensed and Ordained by his Pastor and mentor, Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr. of the First Baptist Church of Glenarden.

He 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 Studied. He also holds a Master of Public Health, Bachelor of Science in Human Services, and an Associates degree in Disaster Preparedness.  Pastor Nathaniel and Brittany have been married since 2009, and live in Upper Marlboro, MD with their 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 Staff


Amy Mastroianni

Office Administrator


Bobby Wheeler

Director of Cross Cultural Ministries


Alli Milner

Youth Ministries


Sheri Becraft

Children's Ministries


Mark Morrison

Worship Coordinator