Elder Walric Girvin Christie was appointed pastor of Bethel Church of God In Christ in the fall of 1996 by Bishop W.H. Watson, Texas Northwest Prelate. Pastor Christi had the privilege of pasturing the oldest Church of God In Christ in the Abilene District for approximately two years. He and his wife Missionary Catherine Christie have been praying and teaching God’s word without ceasing.
Evidence of how God was blessing his work, he had already been given many visions as to how Bethel was to progress. On January 1, 1998 Pastor Christie, through God's command and the approval of Bishop Watson, our State Mother and her acceptance, desire, and calling of God upon her life, recommended Deaconess Dorothy Drones for the field of Missionary Work. On this same day, Deacon J.C. Johnson was issued his Ministers License and hereby recommended as such to the Brotherhood and the field of Ministry.