Welcome to the Bethel History page. You are invited to scroll through these pages, and learn more about the historic First African Methodist Episcopal Church: Bethel. Our history has been a true faith walk, which has often been rocky, but through it all we have persevered. We start our journey, by looking at the many valiant, spirit-filled servants of God who have led us since our founding in 1819.

First Name Last Name Years as Pastor
William Lambert 1819    
Henry Hardin 1820
Richard Robinson 1843-45
John Boggs 1845-46
Richard Robinson 1846-48
Eli Hall 1848-50
Levin Tillman 1850-52
Jabez P. Campbell 1852-53
Israel Scott 1853-54
John R. Morgan 1854-56
William Moore 1856-58
Deaton Dorell 1858-60
George Meir 1860-61
James D. S. Hall 1861-63
Richard C. Gibbs 1863-65
Henry Davis 1865-68
Leonard Patterson 1868-69
Nelson H. Turoin 1869-72
Deaton Dorell 1872-73
Henry J. Young 1873-74
James S. Williams 1874-77
William Dickerson 1877-80
T. McCants Stewart 1880-83
William H. Griffith 1883-88
Robert T. Hurley 1888-90
Theodore Gould 1890-92
John Stansbury 1892-94
J.M. Henderson 1894-98
William D. Cook 1898-02
Thomas W. Henderson 1902-07
Reverdy C. Ransom 1907-12
Benjamin W. Arnette 1912-17
A. R. Cooper 1917-20
M.W. Thornton 1920-25
H.K. Spearman 1925-28
A.C. Sanders 1928-29
F. A. Clark 1929-34
H. P. Anderson 1934-38
J.A. Portlock 1938-46
H.B. Thompson 1946-47
C. E. Stewart 1947-50
Richard A. Hildebrand 1950-65
Henderson R. Hughes 1965-80
O'Neil Mackey, Sr. 1980-01
Henry A. Belin III 2001-

Contact Us

First AME Church: Bethel

60 W 132nd St

New York, New York 10037


Phone: +1 212 862-0100

Fax:     + 1 212 694-1323

email:   info@famebethel.org

Or use our contact form.


Rev. Henry A. Belin III, Pastor

Rev. Ron McCune, Presiding Elder

Rt. Rev. Julius Harrison McAllister, Sr.

Presiding Bishop

Office Hours

We are here to welcome you! For non-emergencies, please visit us during our office hours:



10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Religious Services


10:00 a.m.- Morning Worship

1st Sunday- Holy Communion

3rd Sunday- Baptism





7:00 p.m.-   Bible Study

7:00 p.m.-   Love Feast (Tuesday before 1st Sunday)



11:00 a.m.- Bible Study

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