Since 1858, the Bethany Community Center has been a part of the Itasca community.

The Center

For 160 years, we have been sharing the hope of Jesus. The message hasn’t change and nor has our commitment to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength and with all our mind and our neighbor as ourselves.

The time has come for us to return our focus on what matters most.

In the first century, the synagogue was the center of all community life. Within the walls, people connected, learned from one another, supported one another and people grew relationally and spiritually. The Community Center is committed to returning to this idea. We hope to be a catalyst for family, the community and even, the nation. Hence, the reason we offer a variety of ministries for children, students and adults. We are continually looking for where God may be at work and then getting involved.

The Community Center is in its infancy. We understand our mission to be the ‘sent ones’ to share the Good News of Jesus in our neighborhood and community.  We accomplish our mission by establishing multiple independent missional expressions (We like the term - Coracle) operating in concert to reach those in need of redemption over condemnation, transformation over conformity and restoration over religion. We envision people becoming connected to the The Center through learning from one another, supporting one another, growing relationally and most importantly, spiritually.

Our Vision

Our vision is to become THE CENTER of a new Christian awakening in America challenging the status quo to go and redeem, transform and restore all in Christ's name.

Our Mission

'The Center' is striving to uniquely connect people in the community to Jesus and to one another.

An incarnational community emulates Jesus’ teachings and actions everyday.
— Hugh Halter - Author of The Tangible Kingdom


We are a unique organization focused on following God into the community to offer a foretaste of heaven. Our structure reflects the biblical principles founded in Ephesians 4 to ensure all of the marks of a missional expression have an equal voice and are held in tension with the others.