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Galesville Campus

Arcadia Campus

Welcome to

Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church

"Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ." (Romans 1:7)

Take a closer look!  We offer: 

  • An honest message rooted in the ageless text of the Bible – God’s Word.
  • A helpful message that addresses our real life needs.
  • A caring ministry from a pastor who will know you by name and make house calls.
  • A genuine connection with people who are not perfect, but who are forgiven and grateful.
  • A unique opportunity to be a part of a growing Trempealeau County-wide congregation.
  • A world-wide ministry as a part of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.


From Pastor Jon N. Cox

Hello! It is good to be able to greet all the visitors to the Bethel Lutheran Church website.  While we have this opportunity to "meet", it seems helpful to tell you a little about myself. 

Let me begin by directing you to the picture on the left.  This is a picture of my wife, Doreen, and I.  We have been married for 24 years.  How time flies!  God has certainly blessed us by giving us a life together.  In addition to our shared faith in Christ, God blessed us with five children who believe and confess that saving faith with us.  Our children range in age from 21 to 12. We have been in the area for almost three years now, living in the community of Galesville.  It is such a blessing to live in this area of the state; we love the scenery that God's has provided in the coulee region.

I grew up in the area of Milwaukee, Wisconsin with my mom and dad and four brothers.  God blessed me and enabled me to know the unconditional love of God through his Word and the example of my family. 

Having served as a pastor since 1992 in College Station, Texas and Fond du Lac, it is exciting now to be a servant among the people here at Bethel. I am always pleased to meet visitors and anyone interested in learning more about the Christian faith, our congregation, and the WELS.  Feel free to call me at (608) 582-9998 or call either church office.  The number in Arcadia is (608) 323-3270; in Galesville it is (608) 582-4329.


We are one congregation with two locations.

In Arcadia, Sunday worship is at 8:30 a.m.,
followed by Bible study and Sunday school at 10:00 a.m.

In Galesville, our Sunday worship time is 10:30 a.m. 
Bible study and Sunday school happen before worship at 9:00 a.m.
We also offer a Wednesday evening service at 6:00 p.m. in Galesville.

Faith Related Q and A

Latvian Lutheran Church

Does the Latvian Lutheran Church in this country and abroad in Latvia have ties or any kind of fellowship with the Wisconsin Synod? If not, then who do they have fellowship with? Thank you again.


Latvian churches in the United States belong to the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and are part of the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church Abroad.  The churches have membership in the Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches.  The churches are not in fellowship with WELS.  The churches do have a partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.  WELS is in fellowship with the Confessional Lutheran Church in Latvia that was established in 1999.

Answered by James Pope, professor at Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn. Pope is a contributing editor to Forward in Christ magazine. He writes the monthly “Light for our path” question and answer column.

Faithful Suicide

What would happen to a person who commits suicide because they don't want to be persecuted/killed for not receiving the mark of the beast?


Thoughts of life-ending actions can be dismissed.  Keep in mind that God conveys much of his message in Revelation in symbolic and figurative language.  And so “the mark of the beast” that we find in Revelation 13:16-17; 14:9-11 and 20:4 does not mean a literal mark any more than the marking of Christians (Revelation 7:3).  With those “markings,” Revelation speaks of unbelievers identifying themselves with anti-Christian forces and believers belonging to God.  

As we contend against ungodly forces, we do so with the strength God provides (Ephesians 6:10-18) and the promise he holds out (Revelation 2:10).

Answered by James Pope, professor at Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn. Pope is a contributing editor to Forward in Christ magazine. He writes the monthly “Light for our path” question and answer column.

WELS Streaming Videos

» July 2014 - Inter-Church Relations

We're all connected as a family of believers . . . in our homes, our congregations, our synod. And the connection goes a step further, to include more than two-dozen Lutheran church bodies around the world. They are our brothers and sisters in faith, and we look for ways to build the relationship . . . because they're family.

Cast: WELS Streams

Tags: WELS and Streams

» June 2014 - Mexico

You don't have to read too far into the book of Acts to realize that serving as a missionary can be hazardous. But that didn't stop Paul or Peter or Stephan from teaching the gospel. Today, missionaries still face danger . . . especially in a country like Mexico.

Cast: WELS Streams

Tags: WELS, Streams, world, missions and Mexico

Forward in Christ

August 2014
Issue Date: 

Old friends and new friends convened in Lima, Peru, in June for the eighth triennial Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference (CELC) convention, and I was honored to be among them. Although I couldn't always understand what everyone was saying, I knew we all believed the same thing and had the same goal, to share the message of Jesus Christ with all people.

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