Beni Johnson of Bethel Church and Conflicting Messages Regarding Face Masks During COVID-19

Beni Johnson creates confusion in Bethel Church in Redding, California when she mocks or questions the need for face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bethel meanwhile releases a statement of support for face masks. Yet when one digs deeper a new question arises, is Beni Johnson encouraging Sean Feucht to break of violate the law by encouraging his events when Feucht rejects face masks? Finally if there are concerned citizens of Redding that want to tell stories about Bethel this blog can be used by them. 

“Science is a way of life. Science is a perspective. Science is the process that takes us from confusion to understanding in a manner that’s precise, predictive and reliable – a transformation, for those lucky enough to experience it, that is empowering and emotional.”

Brian Greene

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.

Romans 13:1-2 NIV

Beni Johnson on the left. 

The other day this blog wrote an article about the COVID-19 outbreak at Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. You can read about that in, “Large COVID-19 Outbreak at Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in Northern California.” Since that article it looks like the the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened and new information came forward that shows Beni Johnson, the wife of Bill Johnson who leads Bethel, mocking face masks. 


The COVID-19 Uptick in Redding 

Since the previous blog article at The Wondering Eagle the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened. According to television news station KRCR Shasta County health officials have confirmed 274 additional cases of COVID-19 connected to Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. That number includes the previously reported number of 137 cases of COVID-19. Shasta County Health Officials say that Bethel’s School of Supernatural Ministry is engaged in contact tracing and testing those connected to the school. 


KRCR and Beni Johnson Criticizing Face Masks and a Statement From Bethel

As the COVID-19 outbreak was worsening Beni Johnson who is the wife of the senior pastor of and others shared a video of Beni mocking and criticizing face masks. The video is inthe KRCR website and I can’t remove it to add it to this blog post. If someone knows how I would appreciate it. But if you want to see Beni Johnson laughing, mocking and criticizing face masks you can do so right here. To the KRCR station Bethel released a statement saying that there differing perspectives. Here is what  Bethel Communications Director Aaron Tesauro said. 

We realize it can be confusing to see individual voices that have very different perspectives from each other at all levels of leadership and staff at Bethel Church. We believe in a diversity of opinion and thought, and choose to come together as a leadership team, lay our personal perspectives aside, and make decisions that are best for our church, schools, and the local Redding community. At times this can be challenging, however, our collective statements and actions reflect the final decisions of our full leadership team on how we navigate and lead our large organization. To find out more about these decisions in regards to COVID-19, see Bethel’s response at

In addition to that others from Bethel encouraged mask wearing such as Paul Manwaring. 


Is Beni Johnson Encouraging Sean Feucht to Break Health Law? 

But when one does a closer examination of Beni Johnson one discovers an individual who has a long term contempt for face masks. However, she has also encouraged Sean Feucht to violate the law and dismiss health protocols by encouraging his events when she knows the law is being violated. Look at the snapshots below from her Instagram page. In them she encourages people to attend even as Feucht attacks and dismisses health laws and city ordinances. Again this is happening when she knows that Feucht is breaking the law and threatening people’s safety. Also in the Instagram shots see how much Feucht thanks Beni for her support as he continues to violate the law.  So much for Romans 13. This blog looked at Sean Feucht the other day in, “#LetUsWorship Sean Feucht of Bethel Leads Worship Protests as COVID-19 Pandemic in Wisconsin Gets Worse.” 

It begs the question that this blog would like to ask. If someone contracts COVID-19 and dies or develops debilitating health issues should Bethel be sued and prosecuted? Should people like Sean Feucht and those in the leadership of Bethel be subject to a lawsuit? Should they be held accountable? This blog would argue on the basis of the facts and what is known from science….yes they should be. 


Note to the Redding, California Community 

Redding has a population of 92,000 individuals. Shasta County has a population of close to 180,000. In Shasta according to my research Bethel Church and the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry has a total population of 11,000. That is about 6% of the county, or about 12% of Redding itself. That is disturbing for an organization that is very cult like to have that much sway. And while I don’t think a Waco or Jonestown situation will ever happen I am concerned about corruption and what that kind of influence means on the school system, civic government, law enforcement and more. Has Bethel bullied or threatened or used it connections in unethical ways in Redding? For example has there ever been a sexual abuse cover-up and a police officer who is a part of Bethel has used his ties to sweep it under the carpet or to protect the church? These are questions that haunt me when I look at the situation from a broad perspective. If there are any problems or issues people are free to tell their stories or blow the whistle through this blog. If there are concerned citizens worried about Bethel’s behavior in Redding they are free to tell their story anonymously no pressure at all. The Redding Record Searchlight does a fine job, but if additional help is needed consider this blog yours also. 

7 thoughts on “Beni Johnson of Bethel Church and Conflicting Messages Regarding Face Masks During COVID-19

  1. Once again:
    I know a couple guys FROM Redding, CA. Their universal reaction when I ask about Bethel is “That CULT?”


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  3. Hi There and thanks a lot for this article

    I grew up with several conspiracy theories, which had a uge and negativ influence in my young life. It is a miracle, that I finally grew out of it and that I am able to trust.

    but now, I am shattered to learn, that christians, friends of mine, believe that Corona is made up, Trump will remain as the president (I just got that confirmed today 4. Dec.) if not, the end will come…
    Unfortunately nobody wants to get into a conversation with me and explain from where this knowlegde comes. finally…I find one source in Bethel church, which is the church, which some christians would want it to be here. Years ago, many traveled from siwtzerland to Redding to get inspired by soacking themself in the holy spirit, I never got that. As Gods spirit would be only there available.
    How ever – I am deeply concerned. This is going to be a desaster for many believers, no matter who will be the president at January 20th. the damage is already done. False prophecy will devide sisters and brothers and destroy trust and lifes.


    • Thanks for the comment and welcome. While the EFCA is my primary interest there is more l am hearing about Bethel which causes concerns. I have a couple of additional Bethel articles to work on. Charismatic evangelicalism can be quite toxic. I came from a church influenced by the Kansas City International House of Prayer movement. Bethel is having influence due to its worship music influence but there is so much to dissect with Bethel. But you’re welcome to hang around. Discussions of religion and faith are a roller coaster ride.


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