MINISTRIES AND ORGANIZATIONS
BETHEL AME CHURCH - WILMINGTON

Bethel has a variety of ministries and organizations to serve the needs of the church and community.

We invite you to join us and use your God given gifts in the service of His people.
You do not have to be a member of the church to serve as a volunteer in many ministries and organizations.

Please contact us at info@bethelwilmington.org for additional information.

MINISTRIES AND ORGANIZATIONS

Mission Statement

To provide a Christian education ministry that will enhance spiritual growth and maturity through the teaching and study of God’s word for our church and our community.

 

Cheryl Cooper, Adult Sunday School Teachers
Wayne Cooper, Adult Sunday School Teachers

Liaison
Dr. Harvey White

Mission Statement

Mission Statement                      

To welcome prisoners’ families into our midst for a traditional Christmas party for children, including gifts that have been purchased at the request of the incarcerated parent and coordinated with the caregivers.

 

Liaison
Rev. J.B. Redding

Mission Statement

To develop and maintain a comprehensive and unified Department of Christian Education, which shall lead to knowledge of the Holy Scriptures, maturation into discipleship, a passionate zeal to evangelize and the implementation of these values into our AME Church and community.

 

Purpose, Duties and Responsibilities

The Christian Education Department (CED) at Bethel AME Church (Bethel) provides educational resources and Connectional information to the church. The Christian Bookstore (CB) provides resource materials for all ministries, particularly Bible Study and Church School upon request.

 

In partnership with the Council on Youth Ministries, the CED selects the Bethel Youth of the Year and prepares the student to compete at the district and conference levels. The music and Christian Arts Program are evolving, primarily through the First Episcopal District Founder’s Day competition and Bethel’s annual Vacation Bible School stage production.

 

CED also takes an active and keen interest in seniors graduating from high school by assisting them to secure an academic or community scholarship in partnership with Bethel Scholarship Committee. We work closely with the steward board and pastor to ensure the new members class prepares probationary and preparatory candidates for full membership.

 

The CED recommends students to the pastor for appointment to participate in the First Episcopal District Christian Education Congress. Parents of the appointees and members of the CED serve as chaperones. We also attend and participate in the Connectional Christian Education Department meetings. The evolving goal of the CED is to coordinate mission trips for adults, young adults and teens.

 

Dr. Eyerce A. Poston, Director

 

Liaison
Rev. Shirley Saunders

Mission Statement                                    

To apply a holistic approach to addressing the health needs of the congregation through Assessment, nutrition, exercise and education.

 

Liaison
Gloria Walls

Mission Statement                                    

To offer biblically based resources and diverse media for ministering to the spiritual, intellectual, physical and environmental Christian growth of individuals and ministries within Bethel AME Church.

Liaison
Rev. Shirley Saunders

Christian Education Department

Mission Statement

To develop and maintain a comprehensive and unified Department of Christian Education, which shall lead to knowledge of the Holy Scriptures, maturation into discipleship, a passionate zeal to evangelize and the implementation of these values into our AME Church and community.

 

Purpose, Duties and Responsibilities

The Christian Education Department (CED) at Bethel AME Church (Bethel) provides educational resources and Connectional information to the church. The Christian Bookstore (CB) provides resource materials for all ministries, particularly Bible Study and Church School upon request.

In partnership with the Council on Youth Ministries, the CED selects the Bethel Youth of the Year and prepares the student to compete at the district and conference levels. The music and Christian Arts Program are evolving, primarily through the First Episcopal District Founder’s Day competition and Bethel’s annual Vacation Bible School stage production.

CED also takes an active and keen interest in seniors graduating from high school by assisting them to secure an academic or community scholarship in partnership with Bethel Scholarship Committee. We work closely with the steward board and pastor to ensure the new members class prepares probationary and preparatory candidates for full membership.

The CED recommends students to the pastor for appointment to participate in the First Episcopal District Christian Education Congress. Parents of the appointees and members of the CED serve as chaperones. We also attend and participate in the Connectional Christian Education Department meetings. The evolving goal of the CED is to coordinate mission trips for adults, young adults and teens.

Dr. Eyerce A. Poston, Director

 

Liaison
Rev. Shirley Saunders

Mission Statement                                    

To provide a Christian atmosphere in a family gathering through great food, fellowship and fun for all members of the Church.

 

Liaison
Laverne Pearsall

Mission Statement

Serve as the liaison between the pastor and church members.

 

Liaison
Robert Adams

Mission Statement

To establish personal contact with families in the surrounding community to provide new school clothes to the many families who cannot afford to provide their children with the clothing needed for school.

 

Liaison
Althea Bond

Mission Statement

To provide care packages each semester to active Bethel AME members who are attending college, away from home, with spiritual nourishment, comfort foods and other necessities that support, bless and uplift the students as they pursue their educational degrees.

 

Purpose, Duties and Responsibilities

College Care Package Ministry of Bethel (CCPM) AME Church considers its college students to be precious as they are our next generation of leaders. The CCPM seeks to encourage them to keep the faith as they encounter challenges academically, socially, and spiritually during their college education. We want students to know we are thinking about them and praying for them. CCPM provides snacks and spiritual food to provide sustenance and nourishment for their minds, bodies and souls.  Applications for college care packages are accepted in the fall and spring semesters and the packages are delivered around exam time.

The CCPM Packages serves as a reminder to each student that they will always be connected to the Bethel Church Family, and they should always remember to keep God and Jesus Christ in all they do as they progress through college life.

Maria Bynum, President

 

Liaison
Jean Cotton

Mission Statement

To coordinates and plans activities for the youth groups of Bethel, as a collective governing committee comprised of all the directors and coordinators of youth ministries. This council also seeks to be a support for youth leaders and provide guidance and assistance with the daily activities of youth ministry.

 

Liaison
Rev. Shanika Perry

Mission Statement

To encourage and challenge students to improve their grades and achieve excellence in homework preparation, study habits and classroom behavior through positive reinforcement, coaching and counseling in a nurturing and spiritual environment.

 

Liaison
Rev. Shanika Perry

Mission Statement

To adorn the altar with fresh flowers as a reminder to worshippers of the beauty and life that God has given us through their creation.

 

Liaison
Dottie Young

Mission Statement

To provide groceries each month to financially eligible low-income families in the church, clients of Beautiful Gate Outreach Center (BGOC) and community residents, in partnership with LCS.

 

Liaison
Rev. Shanika Perry

Florida Grant Missionary Society       

 

Mission Statement

To fulfill our mission by meeting the needs and concerns of our sisters and brothers throughout the world through our umbrella committees. “We are called to strengthen our faith and sent to continue the ministry of Jesus Christ by service and witness in the world.”

 

“For Many are called, but few are chosen” Matthew 22:14
“And some have compassion, making a difference.” Jude 1: 22

 

THEME: Missionaries Called to Make a Difference

Liaison
Rev. J.B. Redding
Leesa Kellam-Sheppard, President
Renee P. Beaman, Advisor

Mission Statement

To provide an accepting and nurturing environment where girls can build character and skills for success in the world and to cultivate their full potential, develop qualities of Christian values, leadership skills, social conscience and conviction of self-worth.

 

Liaison
Betty Camper

Mission Statement

To provide comfort to those who are experiencing a loss and a private forum in which persons can express their feelings on an as-needed basis.

 

Liaison
Rev. J.B. Redding

Mission Statement

To provide the opportunity for our congregation and the community to serve the Lord by attending a mid-week noon-hour worship service.

 

Liaison
Karin Williams, SBII

Mission Statement

To enhance the prayer life of the church by providing the congregation and others the opportunity to seek God’s face, know His voice and become a praying church that is filled with knowledge and the wisdom of God.

 

Liaison
Rev. Deborah Carpenter

Mission Statement

To teach and train the laity of the church to support the total program in the church, the community and the Connectional through a systematic and regular study of the Doctrine and Discipline of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and to further keep alive the sacred memory of our founder.

 

Liaison
Rev. Dr. Silvester Beaman

Mission Statement

To be biblically and technically equipped to use our bodies as vessels of the Holy Spirit, helping to set the atmosphere for praise, worship and as intercessors for prayers, through the ministry of dance and mime, inside and outside of the church.

 

Purpose, Duties and Responsibilities

A ministry based on biblical and theological foundation…a visual Interpretation of God’s word, exalting praise and worship through movement. We are an open ministry.  We are an open ministry. You do not have to be a member of Bethel Church to be a part of the dance ministry.

Preparatory rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 for teens and adults.
The Precious Stones meet Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Andrea Washington, Coordinator

 

Liaison
Rev. Michele Cross

Mission Statement

To develop and implement educational programs for the prevention of HIV in persons from youth though adulthood and to provide outreach ministries to help meet the needs of persons in our community who are infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

 

Renee Beaman, RN, Co-coordinator
Kevin L. Coleman, Co-coordinator

 

Liaison
Rev. Michele Cross

Mission Statement

To aid and assist in the development of spiritual growth through love, caring and compassion using the Golden Rule.

 

Liaison
Rev. Deborah Carpenter

Mission Statement

To provide a Christian ministry for senior members of the church through informative, interesting and entertaining programs featuring social activities, health fairs, creative arts and special events unique to them.

 

Liaison
Rev. George Beachum

MUSIC DEPARTMENT

Sanctuary Choir

The Mission Statement

The mission of the Sanctuary Choir is to praise and worship the lord in song. With our very best efforts, we dedicate our voices to the enhancement of the worship experiences by singing a variety of hymns, anthems, spirituals and gospel songs. Our desire is to meet the needs of all who come to celebrate Jesus.

Rehearsing: Singing God’s Praises
Tuesday: 6:00 P.M.
Every 1st & 3rd Sunday 8:00 A.M. & 10:30 A.M. Services

Sanctuary Choir Officers

President Sharon Custis
Vice President John B. Taylor
Treasurer Loretta Taylor
Financial Secretary Anna Cheers
Recording Secretary Cheryl Barber
Corresponding Secretary Cecelia Saunders
Chaplain Arnetta Brown

Sanctuary Choir Section Leaders

Vivian Marshall 1st Soprano
Patricia Mayfield 2nd Soprano
Marsha Mines Altos
Babby Fairley Tenors
Maurice Gray Jr Baritone/Bass

Voices of Light

To uplift the name of Jesus through our living, singing and testimony.

History

BVOL is celebrating its 15th year in the ministry in 2010. This choir has a rich history.

In 1994, some of Sister Gloria Oakley’s original Youth Choir members (now adults) and some of the older teenagers formed the Young Adult Choir. Sister Oakley served as our first director, but she quickly turned the mantle of leadership over to Brother Kevin Benjamin. Brother Benjamin led the choir for a year before his calling led him away from Bethel. Sister Oakley was willing to reclaim the mantle of leadership, but Ron and Regina Hall walked into Bethel one Sunday and the rest is history

Sister Gloria Oakley
Sister Oakley reorganized the Youth Choir, keeping that name for ages 3-12 and forming the Intermediate Choir for the teenagers. Around that same time, with much prayer, God gave us a new name for our ministry: Bethel Voices Of Light. BVOL has been part of the music ministry of Bethel ever since.

Brother Ron Hall, Director

Sister Regina Hall, Keyboards

BVOL has ministered throughout Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Philadelphia. In 1996, BVOL gave a concert at Morris Brown AME Church in Philadelphia. We ministered at the Wilmington citywide Martin Luther King Day celebration at the Grand Opera House in 1999. Later that same year, we performed a gospel play, “Unconditional Love,” written by one of our past members Tanny Collins for our anniversary celebration. More recently, BVOL has ministered at Bethel’s street outreach worship services in the neighborhood surrounding our church for the past four years. For the past two years, BVOL has ministered at Calvary Baptist Church in Dover, DE for their Praise Nights and at the Black History Program held at the Brandywine Library.

Sons of Thunder

Coming Soon.

Children Choir

Coming Soon.

Genesis

Coming Soon.

King Of Kings

Bringing God’s word to life through song and music.

The King of Kings choir ministry spans more than 50 years of keeping traditional gospel music alive at Bethel Church. As contemporary and hip-hop sacred music styles emerge and minister to the hearts of this generation of worshippers, the King of Kings ministry reminds us that traditional gospel music is the bedrock upon which hip-hop gospel rests. Faithful melodies that will continue to minister to our hearts such as We’ve Come This Far By Faith and I Will Trust In The Lord remind us of God’s unchanging love and commitment to His promise through his Son Jesus and our decision to have faith in God and trust in His imminent return.

Bethel Ensemble

Mission: “To convey the spirit of God through singing of diversified music.”

The Bethel Ensemble consists of persons who have a willing desire to:

 

  • Uplift the glory of Godwhile serving Himthrough songs of praise and tha
  • Dedicate and commit themselves to the spiritual growth of the Ensemble as well as the membership of the church and the community.nksgiving

The Bethel Ensemble rehearsals are held on the first and second Saturdays of each month at 11:30 a.m. or when indicated.

TheBethel Ensemble ministers, in song and worship, on the second Sunday of each month.

 

Officer:

President – Barbara Sheppard-Taylor
Secretary – Marilyn Brisco
Chaplin – Anna Cheers

 

Music Ministries

Mission Statement

To ensure that all choirs and singing groups provide spiritually based music that meets the needs of all worshipers and that it always glorifies God.

 

Liaison
Gloria Oakley

Director – Rev. Justin Powell
President- James Mayfield
Vice President- Bernard Smith
Secretary- Maurice M. Gray, Jr.
Treasurer- Bobby Tate (deceased)
Chaplain- MyRon Smith
Assistant Chaplain: Richard Brown
Historiographer- Carlton Guy

Description: The Bethel Men’s Choir strives to sing God’s praises at all times. We minister every second Sunday at the 10:45 service. Our rehearsal times are 11:00 on the two Saturdays preceding the second Sunday each month, and other times as agreed upon by the membership. Our membership is open to all male members of the church.

Our choir was developed under the leadership of Pastor James Baldwin and Director of Church Music Sis. Jacqueline Roberts in the middle 1980’s. Rev. Powell assumed leadership of the Men when Sis. Roberts retired after 60 years of service at Bethel and the choir has not missed a beat.

As with all groups, we have suffered loss over the years that this choir has been together. Brothers. Roy Wilson, John Geter, Ken Ward, Sr., Ralph Colburn, Doug Randolph and William Thomas are all testing eternity. Our most recent loss occurred earlier this year when Bro. Bobby Tate passed away unexpectedly. Bro. Tate was a faithful member of the choir from the day he joined. We miss his familiar presence in the bass section.

John Coley and Tony Smith
Horns of Gabriel – Jerry Ross, Director (Include Pictures in H-O-G folder)
The Horns of Gabriel (formerly The Bethel Orchestra) has ministered to our worshippers since the early 2000’s.

The Horns minister on third Sundays at the 10:45am service (second Sunday on Founders Day, Men’s Day, Loyalty Day, and the Annual Cantata).

Our mission is to use our God-given musical ability in service to the Lord, by performing well-known and relevant gospel selections that minister to the congregation and diversify Bethel’s music ministry.

We have a faithful core group and a cadre of guest musicians called upon on special occasions. We are always open to new members whether you are a student (intermediate level) or a seasoned musician, and all instruments are welcome! We have 6:30pm midweek rehearsals in Newark, and Sat 12 noon rehearsals in the church annex 1-2 weeks before our next time to minister.

Interested musicians may contact Bro. Ross directly at (302)379-1748 or gerros3@yahoo.com

Mission Statement

To greet people and make them feel welcome as they enter the church.  It is an opportunity to express God’s love through Christ and help set the tone of the worship service.

 

Liaison
Dottie Young

Mission Statement

To serve and demonstrate God’s commission to His people. To prayerfully promote an atmosphere where all those entering Bethel AME Church will feel welcome and to meet the needs of the congregation during service.

Liaison
Kim Collins

Mission Statement

To provide guidance and general oversight to the distribution of scholarships and stipends to eligible members of the church family and to the community.

 

Liaison
Rev. J.B. Taylor

Mission Statement

To minister to the hearing impaired at Bethel Church and in the city of Wilmington by enhancing the spoken word and teaching religious sign language and Christian songs in American Sign Language (ASL) to our youth, other members and guests, thereby providing an extra dimension to worship and Christian fellowship that provides a bridge between the hearing-impaired cultures.

 

Purpose, Duties and Responsibilities

Work with deaf students and other persons to improve reading and writing skills in English as well as Math to help prepare them to become independent. The emphasis is on teaching them how to negotiate in a hearing environment while practicing self-advocacy skills.

For example, they are debriefed about the sermons to assess how much they learned or how much they missed during the service so that the blanks can be filled in by re-teaching.  Students are also taught life lessons about drugs, alcohol, violent behavior, choosing the right friends, premarital sex and the consequences of such behavior. They are also taught how to enunciate certain key words that could be helpful in their communication with the hearing.

The list goes on and on … above and beyond all that has been stated. It includes what is believed to be is most important and valuable. The goal is to give the deaf and hard of hearing a network that feels like a surrogate family that they can communicate with, share things with…no matter how big or small and be understood.  The communication piece is so critical to them because they do not get that from a lot of people.

 

Silent Servants Team
Casi Phillips, Coordinator, ASL Interpreter
Daphane Davis, Special Educational Consultant, Teacher
Vandetta Cherry, ASL Interpreter

 

Liaison
Juan Roach

Sons of Allen

Mission Statement

To foster among men a spiritual and religious consciousness and promote and sustain an atmosphere for creative partnership among African Methodist men in Bethel Church.

 

Liaison
Juan Roach

 

Elected and Appointed Officers (2018- 19)

Neil Reeves, President
Otis Bynum, Vice President
Maurice Gray, Secretary
Kevin, Coleman, Treasurer

SUB-COMMITTEES 

Spiritual Growth

Plan events that provide awareness to the men of Bethel on how to increase their faith, manage daily challenges and identify their spiritual gifts so they can be used to edify the Church. The Spiritual Growth Committee is responsible for the activities below.

  • Men’s Weekly Bible Study
  • Men’s Day Services
  • Men’s Retreat
  • 100 Men in Black Services
  • Men’s Quarterly Breakfasts

 

Family Enrichment Committee

Provides opportunities for personal spiritual development for the men of Bethel to enhance their ability to better serve the needs of their family. The committee designs and prepares an annual implementation plan for ensuring the activities below are successful.

  • Husband Bible Training
  • Father Bible Training
  • Father and Daughter Dance
  • Father and Son Legacy Luncheon
  • Mother’s Day Car Wash

This committee also develops the selection criteria for the SOA awards below.

  • Man of the Year
  • Husband of the Year
  • Father of the Year
  • Youth of the Year

 

Outreach Committee

Designs and prepares an annual implementation plan for the activities below.

 

  • Security Support
  • Adopt-a-School
  • Criminal Justice Reform

 

This committee also responds to other social action causes voted upon at the SOA annual meeting.

Steward Boards I

Bro. Juan Roach Bro. Robert Adams
Bro. Daryl Brown Bro. John Taylor
Bro. Everett Dickerson Bro. Charles Drummer
Bro. Clarence Fleming Bro. Ron Hall
Bro. Richard Thomas Bro. Harvey White
Sis. Dottie Young Sis. Althea Bond
Sis. Betty Camper Sis. Kim Collins
Sis. Jean Cotton Sis. Gladys Glover
Sis. Gloria Oakley Sis. Gloria Walls
Sis. Sandy Williams Sis. Tanya Williams

Mission Statement

To govern and oversee the spiritual needs of the congregation, welfare of the pastor and finances of the church.

 

Liaison
Rev. Dr. Silvester Beaman, Liaison

Steward Boards II

Mission Statement

To support and assist the pastor in developing ministry and programming that foster the spiritual growth and well-being of the church membership.

 

Liaison
Rev. Dr. Silvester Beaman

Stewardess Boards I, II, III and IV

Mission Statement

To aid in fostering the spiritual development of the congregation through the preparation of Holy Communion and the Holy Baptism elements and implement when assigned.

 

Liaison
Betty Camper

Thursday Club

Mission Statement

To provide the boys of Bethel and the surrounding neighborhoods an opportunity to fellowship in a Christian setting, while being mentored on all aspects of life, with an emphasis on spiritual growth and how the lessons of the bible are integrated into their lives.

 

Liaison
Juan Roach

True Love Marriage Ministry

Mission Statement

To develop the spiritual dynamics of the family by providing fellowship, mentoring, biblical reflection, marriage encounter and fun.

 

Liaison
Charles Drummer

Mission Statement

To manage the temporal affairs of the church with excellence, providing oversight of church facilities for the maintenance, improvements, acquisition and disposition of church property and to provide directions for future developments and manage legal matters and documents, including deeds and abstract.

Duties and Responsibilities

Trustees function as Christian stewards who take care of church property in that they are responsible for the management; improvement, development and use of the property; the purchase of new property and management of monetary and other gifts to the congregation. Duties are accomplished under the direction of the church Official Board. Trustees also provide ancillary support to the Stewardship and Finance Commission and the Personnel Committee.  Duties and responsibilities are more broadly defined in the AME Church Doctrines and Discipline

 

Liaison
Rev. Dr. Silvester S. Beaman

Youth Enrichment Service (YES) Program

Mission Statement

To create a Christian school education that is exciting, interesting, age appropriate and combines the learning of Bible stories, the AME Church Disciplines and Black History for children in a way that enhance their “everyday” school learning.

 

Liaison
LaJean Thornton

Young Peoples Department (YPD)

Mission Statement

Tol build a Connectional bond, as a unified body with Christ-like qualities, for youth ages two to 26 years that demonstrates pride through education, communication and mission work.

 

Liaisons
Rev. Shanika Perry
Evangelist Keith Illidge

Bethel AME Church Council on Youth Ministries

CHAIRPERSON:
Rev Shanika Perry

ORGANIZATION AGES MEETING DAY/TIME DIRECTOR/COORDINATOR
Brownies Troop #801 Girls – 5-10 2nd & 4th Wed, 5:00p – 7:00p Betty Camper
Cadet Troop #1790 Girls 2nd Sundays
Childrens Youth Ministry (CYM) Staff Meeting 1st Sat – 9:30am Regina Hall
Keith Illidge, Sr.
Choir – Children’s 2-10 Fri – 6:00p
Bethel Annex
Gloria Oakley
Choir – Teen 11-18 Fri – 6:30p (6:00pm on 1st Friday) – Bethel Annex Gloria Oakley
Church School 3 – Adult Sun – 9:15a – Bethel Boardroom & Annex Renee Bryant
Daisy Troop #1163 Girls 2nd & 4th Weds, 5:00p – 7:00p Cecilia Sanders
Homework Club 6 – 18 Mon & Wed – 5:00p – Bethel Annex Tracy Tilghman
RoseMary Banks
Junior Troop #941 2nd Sunday 1:00p – 2:30p Bethel Annex Room 107 & 108 Renee Nelson, Sandy Ford
Keeping it Real, Keeping it Gospel 13 – 18 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sundays @ 10:30am in the Lounge Regina Hall
Liturgical Dance 5-12 Tue – 6:30p – Sancturary Angela Fairfax
Liturgical Dance 13-18 Thr – 6:30p – Sancturary Angel Washington
Thursday Club Boys 8-18 Thr – 6:30p – Bethel Annex or West End Neighborhood House Warren Howell
Keith Illidge, Sr.
Ushers – Junior Sun – 8:00a & 10:30a – Sanctuary Marie Collins
YES Program 3-15 Sun – 11:00a – Bethel Annex (Sep – June) LaJean Thornton
Young Ladies of Radiance Girls 8-18 4th Sun – After 10:30a Service – Bethel Annex Vanetta Harper
Young Peoples Department (YPD) 1st Fri – 6:30p – Bethel Annex and Fellowship Hall Lisa Collins

Brownie Troop 801
Daisy Jackson Homework Ministry
Girl Scouts
Junior Ushers
Karate Club YPD
Keeping is Real, Keeping it Gospel
Sign Language Ministry
Young People’s Division (YPD)

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