Scott Stanek has served as pastor of BCOC, a growing, vibrant church in Bastrop, Texas since 1989. He is a graduate of Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas. He and his wife, Maureen, have been married since September 2, 1989, and are the proud parents of three grown children. Pastor Stanek has traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, Latin and Central America, Canada and throughout the United States, teaching the Word of God and ministering in the demonstration and power of the Holy Spirit. Pastor Stanek’s vision is to establish churches in developing nations of the world and to assist ministries in developing pastoral training and discipleship programs. He had the honor of preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and witnessing miracles in both India and Southeast Asia with Rev. Don and Debra Gossett for many years. He teaches the Word of God with simplicity so both young and old can understand and apply God’s wisdom to their everyday lives.
Maureen Stanek serves on the pastoral team at BCOC. She grew up in Warwick, Rhode Island and experienced a life transformation when she accepted Christ in her heart while studying abroad in Queensland, Australia. She especially enjoys teaching and preaching on the power of prayer and helping lead people into the presence of God. Maureen’s heart for the nations has taken her to the former Soviet Union, Ukraine, Mexico, Central America, Israel, Myanmar and Nepal sharing God’s love, goodness and power. She has witnessed first-hand that one person can change the destiny of a child through love, care and compassion. It is her desire to bring the generations together and help all believers discover their value and identity in Christ.
Maureen attended Christ for The Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas and World Harvest Bible College in South Bend, Indiana. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in humanities with a concentration in communications and religious studies from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.
She loves serving the Lord alongside her best friend and husband, Scott. Every day is an adventure! Scott and Maureen are the proud parents of three grown children, Anna, Lindsay and Andrew. These days you’ll find her sitting under the trees playing peek a boo with two her grandchildren, Liam Grey and Autumn Grace.
Pastor Joan Boethel is co-founder of BCOC in Bastrop, Texas, where she has served on the pastoral staff since 1984. Pastor Joan has been instrumental in implementing discipleship and evangelism programs to train and equip the body of Christ. She has developed ministries to take the Gospel message to the convalescent centers of Bastrop. She has also carried the message of the Gospel to several nations of the world. Through Pastor Joan’s anointed teaching and preaching of the Word of God, people who have been challenged with sickness and disease are experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit to heal, deliver, and restore. She is helping many to establish a foundation of truth in the Word of God and desires to see every believer come to the knowledge of who they are, what they have, and what they can do in Christ. She ministers in the regularly scheduled services at BCOC.
We are so excited about what God is doing in our community and world. Everything you are reading about right now was once only a dream, God’s dream, to reach people with the good news of His great love. My life is proof that the amazing, forgiving, redeeming grace of the Father can take a person from low, selfish living to the exciting new high life of loving, giving, and serving others. I’m proof that Jesus comes to seek and save those who are lost.
For more than thirty years, along with our pastoral team, I’ve had the honor to pastor this wonderful church body, beginning with a small home Bible study in downtown Bastrop where God-hungry people gathered tightly in a crowded living room to learn more about God. From our early days, we always aimed to care for the lost and needy. With a heart of worship, preaching, teaching, praying for the sick, and oppressed, we stand in awe as God continues to demonstrate His Word with signs following. My late husband, Tony Jackson, carried a passion in his heart for Latin America which took him to Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Belize teaching church leaders and encouraging the people to fight the “good fight of faith”. I have had the wonderful opportunity to share the love of Jesus and basic principles of faith, joy and holy living with hundreds of people in our community and in other countries. We invite you to join us on this journey as we magnify and glorify the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. God has a new beginning ready for you! We’re so glad you’re here.
Rick and his wife, Bonnie, have been married for more than three decades and have one daughter Erika. Rick serves as Associate Pastor at Bastrop Christian Outreach Center (BCOC). In 1985, the Lord placed a desire in Rick and Bonnie’s heart to begin ministering to the young people at Park Avenue Assembly of God in Pennsylvania. They continued serving as youth leaders until their move to Texas in 1995. Rick served as Youth Pastor at BCOC from 1995 until his transition to Associate Pastor in 2021. Rick, a great storyteller, ministers with gentleness, humor and an immense love for people. Bonnie, an anointed Bible teacher, bubbles over with excitement as she ministers in a spirit of excellence to children and assists in the churches Firestarter ministry.
Dane Edwards – Youth Leader
Dane Edwards received the call to ministry at the age of eighteen through a series of multiple God-encounters that changed the direction of his life forever. At age twenty, Dane enrolled at Rhema Bible Training Center to pursue the call of God on his life. Traveling through many states in the U.S., along with a youth evangelist, Dane developed his passion for youth ministry.
After graduating from Rhema in 1993, Dane furthered his education at Oral Roberts University. Dane soon returned to Rhema and began volunteering at the Prayer and Healing Center helping with the prayer phone lines and the classes designed to teach, preach and demonstrate God’s healing power to those in attendance. During these years, Dane also traveled in ministry, speaking at churches and youth events around the U.S., as he grew in ministry experience.
Throughout the years, Dane has taught the Word of God at multiple Bible schools, churches, and ministry events. Dane has also enjoyed the blessing of the Lord working in the construction, remodeling and residential building industry – both as a tradesman and a salesman.
Dane’s desire is that the young people of Bastrop County will experience God in all of His goodness, developing a life-long relationship with Jesus Christ, God – the Father, and Holy Spirit. His heart is to see each young person learn about, grow into and personally realize the amazing power of God on a regular basis.
Dane has been married to his wonderful and talented wife, Allie, since 2006. They have one son, Asher, who is entering his teen years, and is full of life and fun.
Allie is a native of Bastrop, Texas and at fifteen years-old received Christ as her Savior while attending a church service at BCOC. At that time, Allie realized she wanted to spend her life noticing the unnoticed, hearing the unheard, and loving the unloved. Allie loves teaching the Word of God to every age and explaining how to daily live out the truths found in the Bible. She enjoys ministering alongside her husband, Dane, in the junior high and high school youth, discipleship classes, and speaking at other churches and events. Allie also has a big heart for Christian education. She founded and worked at a local Christian school for twelve years, and has homeschooled and tutored many young people throughout the years. She is grateful to be serving alongside an anointed ministry team who helped change her life as a teenager. Allie is a 1989 graduate of Bastrop High School and a graduate of Endtime Harvesters Bible School.
Allie and her wonderful husband, Dane, have been married since October 2006, and they have an amazing son, Asher.
Overseeing the media outreach is an honor and privilege for media production supervisor, Shari Cates. She serves alongside an amazing team and desires to help spread the good news of the gospel and worship ministry. Shari is passionate about helping people develop an intimate relationship with the Lord. She has witnessed lives being completely transformed through faith in Jesus and invites others into the same personal experience.
When Shari was sixteen years old, she was on the beach looking up into the blue sky desiring to know her purpose in life. It was at that time that the Lord called her by name and revealed Himself to her as her Savior. Shari then realized that God had an amazing plan for her life.
Shari was a full-time wife and mother before entering into the media outreach ministry. She attended End Time Harvesters Bible College in Bastrop, Texas. Her desire is to assist in making anointed teaching and worship available and she is currently involved in both the production and distribution of media content produced by BCOC.
Shari and her husband, Jeremy, are happily married and share seven wonderful children.
Children's Ministry Assistant
Children's Ministry Assistant
Annelisa Briggs and her family have been members of BCOC since 1992. She grew up with eleven siblings and has always loved working with children. Annelisa, a graduate of Endtime Harvester’s Bible College, has held various positions at the church throughout the years. She currently works as a children’s ministry assistant and directs the elementary games. She also serves as the Helping Hands ministry coordinator which helps families with meals during significant life events. Annelisa’s desire is to encourage all children to know God’s love, presence, and plan for their lives. She and her husband Steve are the proud parents of three adult children, Tori, Josiah and Isaac and three grandchildren.
Walter Sneed has been taking care of building maintenance at BCOC since 2018. In addition to working part-time at the church, Walter is employed full time as building maintenance supervisor at the Texas Military Department’s Camp Swift location.
Walter and his wife, Suzanne, have been married for over forty years. They have three wonderful daughters and ten beautiful grandchildren. Walter served in the U.S. Army for twenty-one years, retiring as a First Sergeant. Throughout their years at BCOC, Walter and Suzanne have been involved in several different areas of ministry. They have served as children’s church teachers, VBS crew leaders, greeters, ushers, and hospitality team members. Walter also plays a key role in the production of A Night in Bethlehem, BCOC’s annual Christmas outreach. Walter thoroughly enjoys serving God through serving His people.