Founder & President
Rev. Santhosh B. Podimala
Pastor Santhosh Podimala is the Senior Pastor of Bethel Pentecostal Assembly. Pastor Santhosh is an ordained Pentecostal Minister, and has served in various ministries in and around India. His home church, Bethel Pentecostal Assembly, is situated in Lucas, Texas. Pastor Santhosh shepherds his church members to be more involved in realizing their particular mission of “To Reach the Unreached, To Care for the Uncared” for Christ. Also, he ministers to the sick at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas as a Staff and Triage Chaplain. Pastor Santhosh has a great passion for mission to the poor and needy. Along with some pastors, he founded the Sacred Hands of Hope Indian Ministries, a ministry organization that reaches out to the poor, homeless, and under privileged communities in Dallas, Texas, in India, and in the Philippines. He also oversees the ministry called Indian Christian Assembly, Chandigarh (www.icaministries.com). He is married to Susan Podimala and is blessed with two children, Sneha and Seth.
Rev. Benjamin Thomas
Bro. John K. Babu
Rev. Dr. Nestor D. Bunda
Nestor Bunda is an ordained Philippine Baptist minister. He is endorsed by the Baptist General Convention of Texas for health care chaplaincy and is board certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains.
He finished high school at Filamer Christian University (Model Student). He obtained his Bachelor of Arts from Filamer Christian University, Bachelor of Divinity from Central Philippine University (Most Outstanding Graduate of CPU Class 1980) and Doctor of Theology (Cum Laude) from University of Hamburg, Germany.
He was Associate Professor at Central Philippine University, Filamer Christian University and Convention Baptist Bible College. He was also Pulpit Minister at Baptist Center Church in Iloilo City, Philippines, before he migrated to the US in 2005. He co-edited and authored or co-authored some books including A History of the Philippine Baptist Churches 1898-1998; Christianity in Philippine Setting; A Moving Faith Life and Ministry of Pastor Rodolfo Palmerola Acosta; Journey in Faith and Ministry Missions, Theologies, Ministries; Walking With Jesus Meditations Toward a Meaningful Life, Vol. 1; and Filamer Through The Years A Centennial History of Filamer Christian College 1904-2004.
His chaplaincy ministry began at Baylor University Medical Center in August 2005. After finishing his second year CPE Residency in August 2007 he moved into a staff chaplaincy position at Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation. His ministry focuses on giving spiritual care to individuals with strokes, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and other orthopedic and neurological disorders. Also, he coordinates the Baylor Clergy Partnership Program since September 2007.
As a pastor, he is one of the regular preachers at Umphress Road United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. He is also a member of the mission team at Umphress that visits a Filipino-American community in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma every month.
He is the husband of Ella, a registered nurse working at the University General Hospital Dallas, Texas. He is the father of Oliver Fritz, a former faculty member of the High School Department at Central Philippine University.
At present he is Pastoral Care Manager at Baylor University Medical Center leading the chaplaincy program of four rehabilitation hospitals throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area under the Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation.
Rev. Dr. Paul T. Payway
Paul Tarr Payway is the fifth born of a family of eight, an ordained Baptist Minister and endorsed by the Texas Baptist and is Board certified by the Association of professional chaplains.
Paul earned Bachelor in Religious Education (Cum Laude) from the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary, Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa, Master in Theological Studies and Doctor of Ministry from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. He also has both Masters in Health System Management (MHSM) and Business Administration (MBA) from Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX.
He is former Pastor of the Du-port Road Baptist church, Paynesville, Liberia, an educator, a chaplain at the North Texas State Hospital, Wichita Falls, TX and now a consistent conference presenter for the Association of Professional chaplains, presenting workshop on Compassion Fatigue and Mental Health and Spiritual Care: The Thin Line. Paul has written several articles including Living in a Post-racial Society: A Reflection on REM Invitational(2010)and Compassion Fatigue: Health Workers Plaque (unpublished).
Rev. Shirley A. Johannsen
Pastor Shirley Johannsen has a passionate love for God and for people. She has served as lay leader in children’s ministry, and on staff as a ministry intern at Forest Grove Christian Church in youth, music, and worship ministries. She graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Brite Divinity School in May 2013, and was ordained to Christian Ministry in May 2013 by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She is currently serving as a chaplain resident at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.
Shirley has been married to her husband Kris Johannsen for over 21 years, and together they have three children. Angela who is a freshman in college, Melody who is a high school sophomore, and Matthew who is a seventh grader. The family also has two horses and two dogs. Shirley enjoys music, gardening, talking with people, and most of all spending time with family. She also enjoys keeping up with the latest in technology, as her undergraduate degree is in Electrical Engineering, a field in which she enjoyed working for 18 years.