Welcome to Bethel

Bethel Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). We are located in University City, MO on the northwest corner of Big Bend and Forsyth Blvd.

Virtual Worship

During this time, we will continue hosting virtual services via Zoom conferencing, streaming over Facebook and audio streaming. See https://bethelstl.org/listen-live/ for details. Zoom information is distributed via email; if you have not received a Zoom meeting invitation, you can contact support @ bethelstl.org, which will be monitored from 30 minutes prior to and during worship.

Bethel’s Alternative Christmas Bazaar

Bethel’s Christmas Bazaar has moved online this year. From 11/29 through 12/6 you can shop SERRV International, an organization dedicated to fighting global poverty through fair and ethical trade. Use Bethel’s custom link (serrv.org?a=XmasBazaar  )and 20% of the sale will be given to the Bethel Youth Group. The bazaar will be promoted during the Hospitality Time on 11/29 and 12/6, but  you can shop anytime using the link above. Just make sure there is an orange banner at the top of the home page before shopping that says “20% of your online order today will be donated to Bethel Lutheran Church Youth Group.” You can even share the link with friends. 

Other items will be available at the Hospitality Hours on 11/29 and 12/6.


If you have any questions or concerns about in-person worship, online streaming, or safety precautions Bethel is taking, please visit our FAQ page.

About Bethel

We are called to heal the world through Christ’s love. In support of our goal of being a caring, inclusive, Christ-centered community, we care for God’s creation, promote the non-violence of Christ, care for those who suffer, and participate in the Spirit toward a global religious community.

Believing in the real presence of Christ in the holy meal, this church practices Eucharistic hospitality — we invite all to share in the Holy Eucharist.

We are a Reconciling in Christ (a welcoming ministry to persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities) and Stephen Ministry (a lay ministry of caring and listening) congregation. We are in covenant with Lutheran Campus Ministry. Just like all ELCA congregations, we are in full communion with Presbyterian Church (USA), Reformed Church in America, United Church of Christ, The Episcopal Church (USA), Moravian Church in America, and United Methodist Church.  Our pastor is the Rev. Dr. William L. Yancey.