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Celebrating 25 Years of Worship & Ministry

As Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church celebrates twenty-five years of ministry in Prince William County, Virginia, we look forward to continuing to share the spirit of hope that has sustained us in being a bright light in God’s Kingdom. From its founding promise to be a place “Where the Body of Christ is encouraged, empowered, and equipped,” Bethel has attracted and helped many individuals and families, making a positive impact on God’s Kingdom. This positive impact is measured in terms of exponential spiritual development, dynamic church growth, and faithful ministering to the community.

Encouraged: Since its founding in 1999, Bethel A.M.E. Church faithfully meets the challenge to fulfill its promise of encouragement by offering spirit-filled worship services with dynamic preaching and melodic singing. From its founding pastor, Rev. Renée P. Marshall, to Rev. Wayne E. Bennett and Rev. Dr. D. Melynda Clarke, Bethel has been blessed with godly pastors who love God’s people and minister to the needs of the community.  Bethel has magnified the impact of its ministries by partnering with several local and national organizations, such as the Salvation Army, ACTS (Action in Community Thru Service), and Helping Neighbors-in-Need to provide food, shelter, and other needed social services. 

Empowered: Through its weekly Bible Study and Church School, Bethel strives to fulfill its promise of empowering Christ’s disciples. A strategic focus on spiritual development and discipleship are at the heart of several signature events held throughout the year. These events - Friends & Family Day, Jesus, Jeans, & Jersey Day, Open Mike Night, Family Game Night, and Vacation Bible School allow the community to join Bethel in worship and ministry.  

Equipped: As a result of Bethel’s systematic approach to ministering to the needs of the community, the church has equipped her people to become leaders for Christ in the community. You will find Bethel well represented in leadership positions throughout the community. Bethel’s members are actively engaged with the NAACP, advocate for change before local government authorities, and serve as leaders of several organizations including the Kappa Foundation of Woodbridge, Women in Community Action, and the Woodbridge Rotary Club. 

As Bethel A.M.E. Church celebrates twenty-five years of  ministry in 2024, we renew our commitment to be a place “Where the Body of Christ is encouraged, empowered, and equipped.” This year our theme is “Walking by Faith, and Not by Sight”, using the scripture of    1 John 5:4 which states: “For whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith.” Bethel prays for faith for our members and the greater community, so we may see that victory God has promised through His word and through our Savior, Jesus Christ.   

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