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About us

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Lead Pastors
Youth Pastors
Desmond & Keisha Wellington

Children's Pastor

Paul Ewell
Karen Wilfong
Shirley Worrell
Sunday School
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Bethalto Church of God...

began its strong pentecostal heritage as a result of the world changing Azusa Street Revival in California. in 1929, Members of the church had moved to East Alton with the vision of reaching people for christ IN THE METRO EAST AREA. What started as a store front building in 1929, has grown spiritually and physically over the years, leads us to the church we are today at the corner of route 140 and Moreland road. 
The core values of the original 13 people has grown into the church we are today. Throughout the years, BCOG continues to see pentecostal, life changing revivals and services. We have a strong desire to reach multigenerational and multicultural individauls and  families through our Strong senior, adult, youth and children's programs. we are known for our love and compassion, music, worship services and prayer. The vision of 13 people has grown through the 90 YEARS, AND CONTINUES TO LIGHT THE WAY.

For more information about our doctrine and beliefs, click "Learn More"

Leadership Team

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Jacob & Susan

Lead Pastors

Pastor Jacob and Susan Skelton began serving BCOG on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021. They bring a passion and desire for prayer, reaching the community and sharing the message of Jesus with everyone. Pastor Jacob is a gifted preacher, pastor and administrator. Susan is gifted in hospitality and care ministries. The Skeltons also serve in several roles supporting the Illinois Church of God State Office. Prior to BCOG the Skelton’s have successfully led congregations in Lincoln and Kincaid, IL.Pastor and Susan happily serve with their twins, Ian and Lilly.

Desmond & Keisha Wellington

Associate Pastor

Pastor Desmond & Keisha Wellington along with their children, Declan and Gianna, serve as the Associate & Children’s Pastors at BCOG. Natives of Jamaica, he was called into the ministry while in high school in NY, and since then has been preaching the gospel for over 20 years.  His heart’s passion is to guide children in understanding who they are and whose they are. He is an alumni of both Lee University and of the the Pentecostal Theological Seminary. The Wellingtons also serve as our State Youth & Discipleship Directors for the Church of God in Illinois. 

Michael & Ashley Lamkin
Children's Pastor

Pastor Michael and Ashley Lamkin, along with their two boys, Peyton and Cooper, serve as the Children's Pastor at BCOG. Pastor Michael has been in ministry for over 20 years, serving in the areas of Children's ministry and Youth Ministry. His greatest passion is for the Children's Ministry as he believes that there is "No Jr. Holy Spirit". Pastor Michael has served on state council boards, and been a camp speaker at many camps across the nation.


Interim Student Pastor

Patty Guthrie began serving as Interim Youth Pastor in June 2022. Patty brings 13+ years experience as a Youth Pastor at Beltline Christian Center in Alton. Patty has been volunteering with BSM since 2019, amongst many other areas she supports at BCOG. Patty has a passion for youth ministry and building relationships with each student. When not helping at BCOG, Patty spends time with her family, her husband Rick, 3 daughters, and 8 grandchildren.

Ministry Team Leaders


Gary & Wanda Bourland
Senior Ministry

Brandon & Andrea Lloyd
Worship Leaders


Susan Skelton

To Be Announced

Elev8 Ministry Coordinators
(PostHigh school - Age 30)

The Gathering Coordinators
(For adults ages 30 - 55)

BCOG Staff:

Andrea Lloyd
Pastoral Administrative Assistant
Paul Ewell
Lydia Morse
Administrative Assistant
Karen Wilfong
Shirley Worrell
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