Our Staff

Pastor Ruth A. Popkin

Pastor Ruth joined the staff of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in July of 2020.  She grew up in Worcester, MA, and is a lifelong Lutheran.  Pastor Ruth is a 2009 graduate of Valparaiso University and 2013 graduate of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (now United Lutheran Seminary).  Pastor Ruth is married to Alex, and together they have a son and a chihuahua mix dog, Rascal. 
In her spare time, Pastor Ruth enjoys reading, scrapbooking, being a mom to David and Rascal, and supporting her alma mater. 
You can contact her at pastor@blcin.com
Pastor’s Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday from 10am until 4pm, on call for emergencies.

Katie Perham

Katie is the Administrative Assistant for Bethlehem Lutheran. She was born & raised in Chesterton. She is now raising her own family there with her husband, Bob. In her free time, Katie enjoys exploring the National Parks, photography, cooking & reading.

You can contact Katie by calling 219.926.5596 or by emailing her at office@blcin.com.

Katie’s hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9am to 2pm.


Dawn Trusha

Dawn is the custodian at both Bethlehem and St. Luke United Lutheran Church.

If you have specific needs that require Dawn, please reach out to the office at (219) 926-5596.