Pastor's Biography


Rev. Henry A. Belin III, Pastor

The Rev. Henry Allen Belin III is the 45th pastor of First AME Church: Bethel. He is an alumnus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He attended the Vanderbilt School of Engineering and the Vanderbilt Divinity School. He is the son of Bishop Henry Allen Belin II and Mother Lucinda Belin, and the brother of the Rev. Roderick D. Belin of Kairos Community A.M.E. Church and the Rev. Toni Belin-Ingram of Greater Smith Chapel A.M.E Church. After completing his studies, Pastor Belin served as a missionary in Ile-Ife, Osun State in Nigeria, West Africa. In addition to his mission work at Ile-Ife, Rev. Belin was teacher/pastor at Christ's Love A.M.E. Church where he led the construction of the first A.M.E. church ever erected in Nigeria.

After returning to America, Rev. Belin became pastor of Allen A.M.E. Church in Providence, Rhode Island where he led the congregation in the improvement and revitalization of the surrounding area in an economic and community development project for housing. While serving in Providence, he became distinguished as the sole minority representative of the Rhode Island State Ethics Commission.

On June 15, 1997, Rev. Belin brought his deep concern and interest in youth and senior ministries to the People's Institutional A.M.E. Church in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York where he led the congregation in a spiritual revival. He also led the congregation in the completion of the renovation of the entire church, parsonage and community building which now houses the Bridge Street- People's Institutional Technology Learning Center. He received numerous community awards and also served as a police clergy liaison for the New York City Police Department, 81st precinct. In 1999, he completed the Summer Leadership Institute at the Harvard Divinity School for community development.

Since arriving in Harlem, Rev. Belin has been very active in the community. He currently serves as the chairman of the Board of Directors for the Bethel Manor Housing Fund Development Corporation, Chairman of the Board of the Food Bank, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone. Rev. Belin is happily married to the former Rita Denise Sinkfield, a corporate attorney in New York City; they have three wonderful little boys - Henry IV, and the twins, Richard and Blake. Reverend Belin was appointed to First A.M.E. Church Bethel on May 27, 2001 where he proudly serves as Senior Minister and serves as the Dean of the A.M.E Institute of Ministerial Training.

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First AME Church: Bethel

60 W 132nd St

New York, New York 10037


Phone: +1 212 862-0100

Fax:     + 1 212 694-1323


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Rev. Henry A. Belin III, Pastor

Rev. Ron McCune, Presiding Elder

Rt. Rev. Julius Harrison McAllister, Sr.

Presiding Bishop

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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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