Daniel Bierbaum was born in 1878 in Wisconsin into a ministerial family – his father and his four brothers were ministers. He served Bethel for eleven tumultuous years. The Great Depression commenced October 1929, but the church and the community remained strong. Then in 1934 Bethel's "Trial by Fire" took place. The parsonage was destroyed by fire in early 1934. Then on June 24, 1934, the 1900 church was struck by lightning and burned. Later that year, the school building (the 1859 church) burned down.
A new church was planned for and built with the help and dedication of the congregation. They held penny suppers, bazaars and helped by purchasing particular items. The new church was dedicated one year after the destruction of the 1900 church. It was designed to seat 600 on the main floor and 250 in the balcony. It housed 17 rooms to be used for Sunday school and offices, a basement with a kitchen and assembly room.
Rev. Bierbaum's period of service was difficult and trying. He had a very sickly wife, and he had a major operation during his tenure. However he proved to have intellectual courage and never failed to take a stand on any issue facing the congregation. His lasting contribution to Bethel was substance and not "glamour." He proved popular with the older members, and he carried on programs with the younger members which his predecessor had initiated.
He resigned in 1938 after eleven years of service and died in 1943 with his burial in Minier, Illinois.