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ABOUT

WELCOME TO BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH

The Bethel Baptist Church had a very humble beginning. In 1864, Rev. Randolph Beach, who was baptized in the white church, was given an opportunity to build a brush arbor church on Mr. P.G. McDonald's land. Deacons William Cobb, E.D. Brown, Sandy Nealy, and Adam Lewis cooperated with Rev. Beach and built the brush arbor church. They cut logs and rolled them together for seats. This building was called Bethel.


During the first year of the brush arbor church, Rev. Beach and the members purchased the one acre of land on which the church is now built from Mr. Rich Smith. Rev. Beach served as pastor until his death.


About 25 ministers have served as pastors of Bethel over the 158 years (1864-2022) of its existence.


Reverend Randolph Beach

1864 - 1882


Reverend Nathan Brown


Reverend Daniel Amica


Reverend Nathan Brown


Reverend Amos Reid


Reverend J. Winn


Reverend D. H. Harris


Reverend E. C. Cummings


Reverend Johnson


Reverend T. H. Minor


Reverend S. P. Miller


Dr. C. S. Wilkins


Reverend J. G. Lane


Reverend T. H. George


Reverend W. W. Weatherspoon


Reverend J. H. Ponder


Reverend A. J. Kurtz


Reverend N. B. Wright


Reverend R. B. McTier


Reverend M. M. McTier


Reverend Reeves


Reverend W. J. Reynolds


Reverend P. E. Davenport

1949 -1955


Reverend Moses A. Lee

1957 - 1998


Reverend Dr. Bobby G. West

1998 - Current


The current pastor is Rev. Dr. Bobby West, a member of Bethel since the age of five years old, and he was ordained as a deacon at Bethel in 1979. He and his family serve as faithful members ministering not only to the church inside the walls of Bethel but to the community at large through outreach activities.