God Focused, Christ Centered, Spirit Led
- On March 5, 1937 the newly constructed Bethel AME Church, shown above on the right, was dedicated.
- On January 1, 1935 a fire destroyed Bethel, leading to the congregation raising funds to erect a new church.
- In 1865, the congregation purchased Zion Evangelical German Lutheran Church at 6th and Walnut streets, site of the current church.
- In September 1853, the congregation relocated from 12th and Elizabeth to 6th and Penn streets.
We welcome you to Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church Wilmington, Delaware and invite you to share in the Bethel experience. We are an inner-city church whose vision is: “Fulfilling God’s Plan Doing Ministry.”
Our mission is “TO FOSTER THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CONGREGATION AND NEIGHBORHOOD AND ENHANCE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR ALL GOD’S PEOPLE THROUGH WORSHIP, INSPIRATION, SOCIAL NEEDS AND DISCIPLESHIP.” We believe that the greatest response to the grace, favor and mercies of God is to be an extension of His beneficence. Therefore, we offer to our members and the greater metropolitan Wilmington community a diverse and broad selection of ministries and initiatives. These ministries have been strategically developed to holistically minister to the individual spiritually, physically and socially.