Bethesda News

Staff Spotlight: Don Koch, Director of Social Services

Don (R) with a Men’s Shelter guest.

1. How long have you worked at Bethesda Mission and in what role(s)?

I started at Bethesda in June of 2016. I started as Social Services Director and I am still in that position. In this position, my goal is for every man who comes here to receive help in every area of need in their life, first and foremost helping them experience and receive Jesus if they never have and learning how to be a follower of Him. A transforming relationship with Christ is our first priority. We help those with mental health issues get connected with services, along with our Medical Clinic helping them get medical services, and drug and alcohol services if needed. We also help them with income and housing.

2. What were you doing before Bethesda?

Before Bethesda, I was working at Jubilee Ministries. They help those who have been in prison reenter into society and are a Christian ministry as well. I also worked for Teen Challenge for over 13 years. They are a Christian drug and alcohol treatment center.

3. What inspires you/motivates you to come to work each morning?

The desire that God put on my heart is to help those going through what I have been through. I myself was an addict and was homeless. Jesus set me free and I desire that for all people. The Holy Spirit upon me is my motivation and it is He who enables me each day.

4. Tell us a little about your family.

I am fortunate to have a great wife named Heidi. We have been married for 18 years. She is an inspiration to me and has encouraged me in ministry.  We have three sons. One of them lives near Philadelphia, another lives with his wife in Colorado, and the third lives at home with us. All three are great young men and I am very thankful to the Lord for them. I am very blessed to have a wonderful family.

5. What is your favorite book?

I read a book called “From Prison to Praise” when I was a young Christian that was powerful in my life. It taught about the power of giving thanks in all things (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

6. Which is a meaningful Bible verse to you?

1 Thessalonians 5:18. This is in reference to the book I just mentioned. I am not necessarily giving thanks for all things as much as giving thanks in all things. Whatever comes our way, whether things are going great or we are facing challenges, we are to give God praise and thanksgiving! This will bear great fruit in and through our lives and help us become more like Jesus.


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