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Greater Bethel AME celebrates 118 years

Building a church in the African Methodist Episcopal denomination was planted in the minds and hearts of a small group of Black Christians early in 1896. A meeting was scheduled and held March 12. 1896, three months before the city was incorporated at the home of Alex Lightburn to organize themselves. Bethel A.M.E. was organized under the the leadership of Bishop James Crawford Embry and Presiding Elder L.T. Long.