Marilyn and Rev.Wydermyer. Photo by Joe L. Fisher, BAPAC.
By Kia Croom
B e t h e l Temple Pentecostal Church honored Pastor Billy R. Wydermyer, Jr.at its annual Pastor Appreciation, a three-day celebration on March 1, 2 and 4. Pastor Bill started working at Bethel Temple in 2009 after the death of Pastor Betty Hendricks and was officially installed on February 5, 2010. As pastor, he strives to provide a balanced ministry, which produces a balanced people whose lives are transformed through the spirit of Jesus Christ. According to Pastor Bill, each service provides an atmosphere where praise and worship is intense and inspires a personal and intimate relationship with God. “Through our belief in Jesus Christ’s unlimited boundaries, Bethel Temple will be a ministry of excellence,” he said. After three years of leadership at Bethel Temple, he has launched the “Each One, Reach One,” Community Campaign. As part of the initiative, the church’s Outreach Ministry goes into the community every Saturday to share love of God with community members. During the holiday season the congregation distribute turkey baskets to families in need. In the summer in preparation for the school year, the church sponsors a backpack drive, and during the winter months, the church collects and distributes coats to the needy. Prior to accepting his call to ministry in 1995, the pastor was appointed by the Late District Elder Joseph Turner to serve on the Deacon board. He sought positions of increasing responsibility and ultimately became a licensed and ordained minister by the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. (PAW). During this time, he held a number of prominent offices within the church community, including his current position on the Executive Bishop’s Board for California District Council, 16th Episcopal District, PAW. Pastor Bill is married to First Lady Marilyn Wydermyer, who has worked alongside him for 21 years. The couple has five children. Bethel Temple Pentecostal Church is located at 3429 Cutting Blvd. in Richmond.