Meet The Team
Branch Director - St. Louis
Kristen joined Bethany Christian Services in 2018 as a clinical supervisor and now serves as the Branch Director. She has over 15 years of experience working with pregnant and parenting women, as well as assisting families in need of crisis care for their children. Kristen earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of Missouri-Columbia and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2011. She loves living in South City and trying new restaurants in the area with her husband and son.
Dennis E. Harms
Regional Director of Philanthropy – Lower Midwest - Chicago
Dennis joined Bethany in February 2022 after 21 years as a fundraiser and gift officer at his alma mater Trinity Christian College in the Chicago IL area. Born and raised in Iowa and now a long-time Chicago area resident, Dennis is very familiar with the territory he serves. He holds a BA in History and Secondary Education from Trinity. Dennis has a passion for connecting donors to programs and ministries where they can use their resources to make Kingdom impact. In his free time, Dennis enjoys spending time with family, golfing, hiking and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Director of Branch Operations - St. Louis
Aimee has served on the Bethany team for more than a decade. She has a Master of Arts in Counseling from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, a heart for adoption, and a passion for serving the vulnerable in our community. She is a wife and mother of three young boys.
Safe Families for Children Community Engagement Coordinator - St. Louis
Madison Witte has been part of Bethany’s Safe Families for Children program since 2016. She is a wife and mom of one and has her bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Development. Over her career at Bethany, Madison has developed a passion for engaging volunteers and supporting them as they serve their neighbors in need. When she's not working, you can probably find her visiting one of St. Louis’ many coffee shops, gardening, or hiking at a state park with her dogs.
Regional Specialist serving mid-Missouri - St. Louis
Andy Reynolds joined Bethany Christian Services in 2012. She earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Missouri, Columbia and her Master's degree in social work from the University of Illinois Chicago. She lives with her husband and son in Jefferson City.
Safe Families for Children Coordinator - St. Louis
Chelsey joined Bethany in January of 2021. She graduated from SLU in 2019 obtaining a Master’s in social work. She has worked with families in the St. Louis area for many years by providing respite services and case management services. She is excited to continue to serve and watch families grow at Bethany. When she is not at work, she enjoys learning new recipes in the kitchen, gardening/planning a future garden, and exploring parks/trails in the St Louis area with her dog and husband.
Claycie L. Gerlt
Adoption Specialist - St. Louis
Claycie joined Bethany Christian Services in September of 2021. Prior to this, she worked with pregnant and parenting women for six years, supporting many clients through the adoption process. She is excited to serve and provide education to those who wish to grow their families through adoption. Claycie earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2008 and became a licensed clinical social worker in 2012. She is a mom to two children, and in her free time loves biking the nearby trails.
Jessica R. Myers
Pregnancy Counselor and Strengthening Families Specialist - St. Louis
Jessica joined Bethany Christian Services in August of 2022 as a Pregnancy Counselor and Strengthening Families Specialist. She graduated from Washington University in 2022 with a Master’s in social work. Jessica has experience in foster care and reentry work for women who have been previously incarcerated. She is excited to begin her career at Bethany and serve our clients. When she’s not working, Jessica loves to spend time at Forest Park with her husband or explore coffee shops in the St. Louis area.