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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

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Since the ALSA has been documented and researched by pro-life organizations as being pro-abortion, I wonder what the WELS' stance is on abortion. Undoubtedly, you are aware that the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge involved raising money for the ALS. I have seen some local pastors (and school administrators) and their families post the funny videos of themselves undergoing the icy water, but not one has mentioned any problem with the ALS stance on using aborted babies for research. Are the pastors really pro-abortion? Is the WELS really not pro-life? Thanks for reading this question, and I look forward to an answer.


This link will take you to a synodical resolution that spells out WELS’ stance on abortion.  This second link will provide very timely insight on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  The author of the article is Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director of Christian Life Resources.

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.

Fellowship - OLCC

Are we in fellowship with The Orthodox Lutheran Confessional Conference? Their website is at


WELS is not in fellowship with the Orthodox Lutheran Confessional Conference (OLCC).  WELS is in fellowship with the other 23 churches of the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference (CELC) listed on the CELC’s website, along with the five churches that were recently accepted into membership in the CELC at the most recent triennial convention (May 30 – June 2, 2014) in Lima, Peru, as well as our mission fields that are not a part of the CELC.

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

» August 2014 - Humanitarian Aid

One of the first steps in mission work is showing that we care. Demonstrating our love for others often opens the door to the gospel message. And in many places, the best way to show we care is to provide the basics that so many don't have: food, shelter, and water.

Cast: WELS Streams

Tags: WELS, Streams, humanitarian and aid

» 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

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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