Bethan Neely has served as Director of Music Ministries at Quakertown United Methodist Church since 2019; providing organ and piano accompaniment for worship, directing the Chancel Choir and Grace Notes Handbell Choir, and coordinating other music ensembles and soloists across a wide range of musical styles. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Bethan holds a bachelor's degree in Organ Performance and Sacred Music from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. By day Bethan works for Schulmerich Bells, America's oldest manufacturer of handbells. Bethan also serves as executive board secretary and treble section leader for the Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble, and is a founding member of Quadrants Handbell Quartet.
I've always been an "office person". Growing up, while the other little girls were playing house, I was playing office. I always had a desk, a play phone, a typewriter, a stapler, and lots of paper, pens, and pencils. I guess you could say I'm a natural!
A Quakertown High School alumni, I completed business-related coursework at the Lehigh Valley campus of Penn State. I have a 36-year career in office management, the last 20 years serving Quakertown United Methodist Church. When I count the many blessings I have in my life, being a part of the ministry, mission, and church family of QUMC is something I am thankful to God for each and every day.
My husband David and I live in Milford Township with our two miniature dachshunds, Pretzel and Chip. We are very proud parents of our daughter, Amanda, a sophomore at Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County. As a family, we are quite the sailors and love taking cruises! We also enjoy the outdoors and camping, our favorite destinations being the Adirondack mountains of New York and Knoebel's Grove in Elysburg.