Bethel Lutheran Church

Bethel Lutheran Church

Who We Are

Resurrection people who pray first, walk together, and change lives.

Bethel is a Lutheran (ELCA) congregation that loves people.

Our Services

Service Times

  • 09:00am - service of Holy Communion
  • 06:00pm - Bible study and discussion

What to Expect

What are services like?
Our services are liturgical and everything you need for worship, from the hymns to the responses are all in the bulletin. The congregational singing is vibrant and engaging. People are very responsive.

What is the community like?
Portville is a small community where everybody knows and/or is related to everybody. There is a food pantry as well as other community outreaches that all the churches participate in together. There is a great spirit of cooperation among the churches.

What if I'm not a Christian?
You are welcome to join us. Jesus welcomes everyone and so do we.


Ivy  Gauvin

Ivy Gauvin

I was raised Roman Catholic, but in my teens started attending a Protestant charismatic church. I spent 6 1/2 years overseas in Bethlehem, Palestine and there started attending a Lutheran church because they were friendly. I am married to Ray, have two grown children and a granddaughter. I graduated from Elim Bible Institute in Lima, NY in 1976. I got my bachelor's degree in 2008 through Regent University, VA Beach, VA. In 2012 I graduated from Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg, PA with a concentration in Town and Country Ministry. I have been pastor of Bethel since July, 2012.

What Members Say

Add your voice

Go here? Tell us why you love Bethel Lutheran Church. Visited? Tell us what a newcomer can expect.