Bethesda Auxiliary

The Bethesda Auxiliary, a nationwide, 4,000-member volunteer organization, prayerfully and financially supports Bethesda Lutheran Communities in its mission to provide services that share the good news of Jesus Christ with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Beginning as the Good Shepherd Auxiliary in 1956, the Bethesda Auxiliary has been a steadfast benefactor for people with developmental disabilities. From providing household items to sponsoring a comprehensive disability ministry curriculum, the Auxiliary has offered a wide-variety of support and has been a valuable partner to Bethesda.

The Bethesda Auxiliary is expanding nationwide to provide service opportunities to people of all ages, including the ability to share their gifts, participate in their hobbies and make new friends.

Read about the Bethesda Auxiliary's seven decades of passion and commitment, as well as their plan for growth.

Shepherd's News

Members receive updates on the work of the Bethesda Auxiliary in the Shepherd’s News, published every other month and available below. You may also click on the links below to read it online.


Organizational Structure

Executive Committee   Unit Presidents
     Executive Board        Unit Presidents
  Back Row (left to right): Joyce Schultz, Pastor Kasimir Kachmarek, Terry Putnam, Darryl Winston, Dan Kunert, Karen Carter, Theresa Winn. Front Row (left to right): Nancy Hall, Nancy Kunert, Gail Nicolaus, Janet Broadus.
    Left to right: Gail Johnson, Colleen Schafer, Marilyn Kramer, Nita Hallmann, Kay Rosch, Terry Putnam and Nancy Hall.


Annual donation of $5 or more is suggested for membership. Make checks payable to “Bethesda Auxiliary.” Include check with name, address, church, email and phone number.

Mail to: Bethesda Auxiliary
Attn. Nancy Hall
2337 Winged Foot Road
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019


The Executive Committee meets in March and again in September during the annual goveringing board meeting. The Units meet quarterly throughout the year.


Cross Road Journey

The Bethesda Institute is deeply grateful for the partnership of the Bethesda Auxiliary whose generosity made the development of Cross Road Journey (CRJ) a reality.  There are currently five CRJ curriculums. Each curriculum consists of 18 courses, each containing 6 lessons. In each course, the teacher is provided with a lesson-by-lesson course summary, course objectives, Bible background, a basic lesson outline and a list of additional resources.
        Click here to find out more.


The Bethesda Auxiliary is funding camperships to help cut costs for youth volunteering at any of Bethesda’s five camp ministries. These youth volunteers partner with people with developmental disabilities and enjoy faith formation, fun and fellowship in the great outdoors.
        Click to learn more about Bethesda Camp Ministry.

Share this camp scholarship application form with youth leaders and volunteers who may be interested in experiencing Bethesda retreat ministry.


Volunteers play a vital role in the success of the services Bethesda provides with people with developmental disabilities. Over 2,000 volunteers donated over 230,000 hours of time to Bethesda last year. There are many ways to volunteer at Bethesda. These vary by location but some possibilities are:

  • Regular visits at a home for fellowship or devotions
  • Conduct Bible class
  • Assist at church
  • Offer a ride
  • Help with activities
  • Assist around the home with upkeep.
  • Help at one of our offices
  • Be a friend
  • Write a letter

Click here to find an opportunity near you!  


Contact Our Executive Committee

  Joyce Schultz President 509-493-2909
  Nancy Kunert 1st Vice President 808-959-9953
  Darryl Winston  2nd Vice President 414-358-1426 
  Karen Carter  Recording Secretary  715-694-2199 
  Theresa Winn  Corresponding Secretary  541-994-7785 
  Janet Broadus  Budget Controller 425-806-8812 
  Gail Nicolaus  Treasurer  970-474-3457 
  Nancy Hall Financial Secretary 650-726-5221 
  Pastor Kasimir Kachmarek Counselor 503-640-4903 
  Karen Carter Shepherds News 715-694-2199
  Daniel Kunert Parliamentarian 808-959-9953

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