Meet Our Pastors

Rev. Dana Allen Brones

I am a boy born in the mountains, and now lead a church at the beach. My undergraduate degree is in social work, and my home seminary is St. Louis. I served my vicarage in Guatemala as an Evangelistic Missionary. My first call was to plant a church named Fuente De Vida, Fountain of Life Lutheran Church in Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela. After returning to the States, I lived and received my call in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania before being called to Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Jacksonville. I served as the Associate Pastor for four years before becoming senior pastor. Missions are my passion and over the last two years God afforded me the privilege of being His servant in Florida, Guatemala, and India. My greatest helpmate and support for my ministry is my wife Diane.  Together we have six children. 

You might not know this, but I co-founded a swing dancing group while in PA.


Vicar Nathan McCarty

I was born and raised far from the beach, in the small town of McCook, NE. As a youth I had many interests, but chief among them were acting in local theatre productions and delving ever further into what God has done on the stage of human history in His Son, Jesus Christ. These dual foci, the stage and the Word, are two elements of my history that eventually lead me here - to "Bethlehem on the Beach." It was on the stage that I met my beautiful wife, Erica - and it was largely her encouragement that gave me the confidence to pursue the other great interest in my life, God's Word and His people. Shortly before graduating with my degree in Theatre, Erica and I were blessed with the addition of our daughter Joy, who is now 5 years old. Before enrolling at the Seminary in St. Louis, we spent three years in Chattanooga, TN., where a faithful pastor and caring congregation further encouraged my ministerial interests. It was a wonderful example of what God does here at Bethlehem, as well  - work in the lives of real, ordinary people through His Word, and through His saints. Please, join us here on Sunday mornings as He continues that work! 

You might not know this, but I am the third of my parent's six children, and - shockingly - to this day, my siblings all continue to tolerate me.