Rev. Frederick Daries — Fall 1905 - June 1910

Rev. Daries came to Bethel in the fall of 1905. He had a warm personality, and his life was an inspiration to the congregation. He had great poise, dignity and forbearance. Born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in 1860, he attended Elmhurst and then Eden Seminaries. He served churches in Iowa, Indiana and Ohio before coming to Bethel. He taught confirmation classes and gave many a gem of spiritual guidance to his students. He was an outstanding minister. Bethel Church grew under his leadership. Several persons dedicated their lives to the welfare of the Evangelical Synod due to the inspiration of Rev. Daries. During this time, only the head of the house was a voting member of the church, and adult children were considered non-voting until their marriage when they became adherents until the voting member of the family died.

He resigned from Bethel in 1910 at the age of 50 and accepted a call near Mt. Vernon, Indiana, where he retired in 1933 and shortly after passed away. He was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.