The Ministries of Bethel AME Church
We invite you to know and experience God’s love by developing a deep relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ. We encourage you to claim and live God’s promises upon your life by studying the Words of God — the Holy Bible. We pray that you would grow and serve as a Christian disciple so that God’s love is experienced by you and everyone who comes in contact with you. This is the purpose of each ministry at Bethel. Ministry is a program, work, established in the Church in the Name of Jesus, to deliver the love of God to people, to spread your faith. In a ministry, you study the Word, receive guidance from Church leaders, and work as a member of a team of people with similar talents, training, and thoughts about helping others. Bethel offers many ministries. Please see the below descriptions of the 57 Ministries of Bethel AME Church. We desire that you find a ministry that helps you to grow, to develop, and to share your faith in God. Should you have a desire to perform work that is not described below, please use Contact Us to provide a description to the Pastor and have a talk with him. He encourages everyone to find their place at Bethel. Read what the Words of God say about the many works we do for God in the Name of Jesus:
“There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.”
(1 Corinthians 12:5-6 NIV)
- Acolytes Ministry
- AME Women’s Ministry
- Audio/Visual & Photography Ministry
- BibleStudyConnections for Young Adults
- Boys Scouts
- Bulletin Boards Ministry
- Children Church
- Christian Education Commission
- Debutantes-Masters Commission
- Church School
- Class Leaders Council
- College Clothing Ministry for Allen University
- College Club Collegiate Ministry
- Community Bible Study
- Computer Services & Information Technology Ministry
- Congregational Care Ministry
- Culinary Ministry
- Drama Ministry
- Education and Promotion Ministry
- Family Bible Study
- Floral Ministry
- Girls Scouts
- Greeters Ministry
- Grief Ministry
- Health and Wellness Ministry
- Intercessory Prayer
- Lay Organization
- Live, Love, Learn Senior Adult Ministry
- Liturgical Dance Ministry
- Married Couples Ministry
- Mass Choir Ministry
- Membership and Evangelism Commission
- Military Families Ministry
- Missional Ministry & Intercessory Prayer
- Missions and Welfare/Outreach
- Music Ministry
- Nursery Ministry
- Public Relations & Communications Commission (Media)
- Praise Team Ministry
- Preschool Church
- Pulpit Aid Board
- Senior Ministry
- Social Action Commission
- Steward Board
- Sons of Allen
- Stewardess Board
- Stewardship and Finance Commission
- Teen Bible Study
- Teen Church
- The Shepherd’s Corner Outreach Ministry of Bethel
- Transportation Ministry
- Trustee Board
- Usher Board
- Women’s Missionary Society
- Young Adults Ministry
- Youth Ministry
- Young People & Children’s Division
Rev, Mary Wilson
The Food Service Ministry oversees the preparation of food and/or refreshments for various church functions.
Rev. Betty Wannamaker Brenda Brown/Connie Gibson
This ministry oversees the floral ministry and encourages members to place floral arrangements in the church as memorials in honor or in memory of a loved one during the year and ensures that the memorials are acknowledged in church announcements. This ministry is also responsible for adorning the church during special seasons and occasions.
Working collaboratively with the ushers, greeters help establish an atmosphere of friendliness and warmth. God’s love for people is communicated through those who greet visitors and others with joy and sincerity as they enter the worship services, as needed.
Some basic objectives of the Lay Organization include: To create a love and appreciation for the principles of African Methodism; to keep alive the memory of Richard Allen; to respect constituted authority; to stimulate and educate the Laity in the total program of the church; to study the discipline and learn the laws of the church; and o teach and practice Stewardship and to work with the youth to teach them Methodism.
Curtis Coles/Crystal Tolbert (The Children/Youth Choir )
The Music Ministry is dedicated to worshipping God by proclaiming His glory with a joyful noise.
Pulpit Aid Board
The purpose of the ministry is to provide supplies or other items the pastor may need for the pulpit, such as providing water, preparing for Sunday services and honoring/celebrating the church leadership aligned with his/her preferences.
Loretta Thomas, Pro Tempore
Stewards are responsible for spiritual care and oversight of the church. They serve as members of the Pastor’s Cabinet as partners in the Ministry. As overseers of the financial obligations of the church, they also model biblical truths and are committed to shepherding, teaching, exhorting, and praying for the sick. Additionally, this ministry makes sure the needs of the Pastor and his family are provided for.
Ladonna David Harvin
The Stewardesses’ main function is to assist the Stewards in the discharge of their duties such as appropriately administering the Holy sacraments (Holy Communion, Holy Baptism.) They are to prepare the elements for the Holy communion service and provide a bowl of water for the Holy Baptism.
Stewardship and Finance Commission
The Commission on Stewardship and Finance promotes and cultivates Christian Stewardship and administers the financial program of the church. The Stewardship Ministry promotes stewardship as the Christian lifestyle. The Ministry is concerned with educating all members as to their responsibilities as Christians and teaches the giving of time, talent, and tithes in response to God’s grace. The Stewardship Ministry is responsible for the church’s annual stewardship drive.
James Jackson, Pro Tempore
Trustees are entrusted with the oversight of the church’s finances, legal matters, and facility safety and expansion. They manage all temporal concerns of the church not otherwise provided for. They also oversee all church properties and makes improvements when authorized to do so by the church. Additionally, this ministry has the responsibility of keeping the church rooms and offices in quality condition.
The purpose of the ministry is to create an atmosphere of order in a welcoming manner.
Senior Usher Board – Loretta Thomas
Adult Usher Board – Veronica Pack
Men’s Usher Board – A. J. Cox
Youth Usher Board – Frazella Stroman/Karen Cocklin