Rev. Henry Limper — Mid-Year 1912 - January 1923

One of the most outstanding ministers to have answered the call to Bethel would be Rev. H. Limper. He gave the congregation exemplary service during his eleven year term.

He was born in Germany where he received his early education prior to entering the United States where he completed his studies at Eden Seminary in 1888. He was a profound scholar of Greek and Latin and had the gift of an intellectual mind. His sermons were well prepared and before delivering them he would kneel in the pulpit and pray for God's help and guidance. No permissiveness on the part of the congregation was tolerated during his services.

His spiritual leadership served Bethel during the stress period of World War I. More than 40 men from Bethel served in that war and Limper's son, Henry, died in France during the conflict (the cross on the altar was given in his memory).

His unique style while serving in his official capacity usually found him sporting a neat white shirt, nice white bow tie, and swallow-tailed coat.

Bethel's Diamond Jubilee was celebrated in September of 1922. Rev. Limper wrote the souvenir booklet in German and English. Also in 1922, a new constitution was adopted by the church. On January 1, 1923, Rev. Limper resigned. Bethel had more than a decade of fruitful growth under his leadership.