We greet you in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ!
We are a church whose mission and purpose are focused on moving from "Religionto Relationship"(Acts 9). Bethel is determined to be a Monument for an authentic relationship with God through Our Lord Jesus Christ by providing spiritual growth and guidance through Biblical Teaching and Christian Discipleship.
Pastor & Mrs. Carlos D. Bounds, the Officers and Members of Bethel.
For daily events, see our Events page. For Monthly events, please see our Monthly Calendar page.
(The Oldest Black Church on the Original Main Line-Founded 1878)
*The Family of Connie Mack
*The Family of Earl Brown
*Sister Ramona Clayton & Family in the loss of her brother
*The Family of Amber Spangler-Hugan
*Otis Guy, the brother of Sis. Naomi Rock
*Sis. Beulah Gandy
*Sis. Mary Small
*Sis. Bessie Whitney
*Bro. Roscoe Draper
*Bro. George Sydnor
*Bro. Charles Harper
*Reecie Loper, Jr.
*Our Sick & Shut In....
About The A.M.E. Church
The African Methodist Episcopal Church grew out of the Free African Society (FAS) which Richard Allen, Absalom Jones, and others established in Philadelphia in 1787. When officials at St. George’s MEC pulled blacks off their knees while praying, FAS members discovered just how far American Methodists would go to enforce racial discrimination against African Americans. Hence, these members of St. George’s made plans to transform their mutual aid society into an African congregation.
Although most wanted to affiliate with the Protestant Episcopal Church, Allen led a small group who resolved to remain Methodists. In 1794 Bethel AME was dedicated with Allen as pastor.
To establish Bethel’s independence from interfering white Methodists, Allen, a former Delaware slave, successfully sued in the Pennsylvania courts in 1807 and 1815 for the right of his congregation to exist as an independent institution. Because black Methodists in other middle Atlantic communities encountered racism and desired religious autonomy, Allen called them to meet in Philadelphia to form a new Wesleyan denomination, the AME Church.
Rev. Carlos D. Bounds,M.DIV., Pastor
Rev. Mary Ellen Collier, M.DIV., Associate Minister