• Welcome
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  • Greetings,

    Welcome to the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea, a community of people from all walks of life discovering the joy of knowing and following Jesus Christ. We gather on Sundays to hear the sacred stories of God’s love and to be spiritually nourished in sharing Holy Communion. Then, inspired by our fellowship, we strive to make God's love a living reality in our lives every day. At Bethesda, Sunday is the high point of the week. So, look around our web site. Then come and join us on a Sunday morning soon.

    Peace, The Rev. James Harlan, Rector

  • Every Sunday is where the life begins at Bethesda. We celebrate the Holy Eucharist with glorious liturgy and music. We also celebrate Holy Eucharist during the week and offer a healing service on Wednesdays. All baptized Christians are invited to participate in the Holy Eucharist when visiting Bethesda-by-the-Sea. It is not necessary to be a member of the Episcopal Church in order to receive Holy Communion. Persons who have not been baptized are welcome to come to the altar rail and kneel to receive a blessing. Cross your arms on your chest as a sign that you will not receive Communion. Click here for our service schedule.


  • FROM I-95

    Take the Okeechobee Blvd East exit (70). Travel East on Okeechobee Blvd to the Intracoastal Waterway. Cross over the Intracoastal Waterway, and continue going East to the second light (South County Road). Turn North (left) onto South County Road, and travel 1/2 mile. The church will be on the Right.


    Click here and scroll to Directions and Parking Information.

  • Having the faith of a child

    Children and youth bring such wonderful life and energy to our community. Bethesda offers a warm welcome to every child, whether parents prefer to bring their children into the worship service, or put them in the special children's worship (when available), or let them enjoy the nursery. We strive to create a place where even our littlest members know that God loves them, where all of us can grow in our faith, and where parents can find their own sense of peace and support.



  • God is Love

    Our worship is formal, intimate, transcendent, reflective, fun, and inspiring. As we celebrate our life together, we focus on God's love for each and every person and encourage one another to seek that loving presence of God. We have communion as an integral part of every service where we share together in a simple meal of bread and wine. While our worship may not be entirely familiar, we encourage everyone to join in as they are comfortable. Read more here.


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Fred Staley

Fred Staley

Associate for Administration

Until coming to Palm Beach in 2013, Fred Staley was a lifelong resident of East Tennessee. Having grown up in Knoxville, he spent four years at King College in Bristol, TN, where he received a B.A. in History/Political Science with a minor in business. He later earned an MBA with an emphasis in Management from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN. 

After marrying his college sweetheart, they returned to Knoxville where Fred spent twenty years in management in the construction and manufacturing industries. He gained experience in many business disciplines including human resource management, risk management, customer service, and others. He also spent time on the National Safety Council of the American Bus Association. At this point, Fred felt a call to apply his experiences in business toward furthering God’s kingdom. In 2006 he left secular business and took on the position of Business Administrator for Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church. Fred is an active member of the National Association of Church Business Administrators and served a term as President of the local chapter. 

Fred is a huge baseball fan, especially the Philadelphia Phillies. He enjoys team sports such as softball and volleyball and looks forward to trying to translate his indoor skills to a sand volleyball court. His wife, Debbie, is an award winning author and teaches creative writing. She has a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Goddard College. You can find her published works using her full name Deborah Grace Staley. Their son, Ethan, is a graduate of Maryville College in Maryville, TN, where he earned a varsity letter in baseball in addition to a B.A. in History. Ethan also holds Master’s Degree in Sports Management from East Tennessee State University.


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