Our Mission

The Mission of the AME Church is to minister to the social, spiritual, and physical development of all people.

At every level of the Connection and in every local church, the AME Church shall engage in carrying out the spirit of the original Free African Society, out of which the AME Church evolved: that is, to seek out and save the lost, and to serve the needy. It is also the duty of Church to continue to encourage all members to become involved in all aspects of church training.

What We Believe

Also known as the A.M.E. Church for short, the denomination is Methodist in terms of its basic doctrine and order of worship. It was born, through adversity, of the Methodist church and to this day does not differ in any major way from what all Methodists believe. The split from the main branch of the Methodist Church was not a result of doctrinal differences but rather the result of a time period that was marked by man’s intolerance of his fellow man, based on the color of his skin. It was a time of slavery, oppression and the dehumanization of people of African descent and many of these un-Christian practices were brought into the church, forcing Richard Allen and a group of fellow worshippers of color to form a splinter denomination of the Methodist Church.

Our Ministerial Staff

KENNETH F. IRBY
KENNETH F. IRBYPastor, Servant Leader
Rev. Irby’s Spiritual life is rooted in Christian service. He passionate about teaching the Good News of Jesus the Christ around the world.
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DR. KEVIN WARDLAW
DR. KEVIN WARDLAWReverend
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NEVADA L. WARDLAW
NEVADA L. WARDLAWTeam Leader
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ST GEORGE ANDREW PINK
ST GEORGE ANDREW PINKReverend, Itenerant Deacon
Rev. Irby’s Spiritual life is rooted in Christian service. He passionate about teaching the Good News of Jesus the Christ around the world.
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SISTER MARIA SCRUGGS
SISTER MARIA SCRUGGSExhorter
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DR. DELCEDA WALKER
DR. DELCEDA WALKERExhorter
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Historic Bethel is part of the AMEC movement working together to change the nation through a network of church leaders, national gatherings, and resources. Giving God all the glory he deserves.

Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.

Billy Graham

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.

C. S. Lewis

I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me

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