160 years ago,

with the Civil War looming, a small group who shared a similar vision of love joined together in the home of a Mr. Henry Russell. Regularly meeting in Mr. Russell’s basement, this group bonded through the chaos and uncertainty that lay ahead for the country. Determined to make a difference in the community, they formed Bethel A.M.E. Adrian on August 4, 1858 under the guidance of Rev. George R. Clark.

For the next decade, this small group of visionary and driven people continued to meet in the basement of various loyal members. Before you knew it, what started off as a few, grew to many. A prominent lawyer, Mr. Backus, saw the continued growth and presented a site for the church to establish a home in 1869. It was a lot on the corner of Butler and Locust St.

160 years ago,

with the Civil War looming, a small group who shared a similar vision of love joined together in the home of a Mr. Henry Russell. Regularly meeting in Mr. Russell’s basement, this group bonded through the chaos and uncertainty that lay ahead for the country. Determined to make a difference in the community, they formed Bethel A.M.E. Adrian on August 4, 1858 under the guidance of Rev. George R. Clark.

For the next decade, this small group of visionary and driven people continued to meet in the basement of various loyal members. Before you knew it, what started off as a few, grew to many. A prominent lawyer, Mr. Backus, saw the continued growth and presented a site for the church to establish a home in 1869. It was a lot on the corner of Butler and Locust St.

160 years ago,

with the Civil War looming, a small group who shared a similar vision of love joined together in the home of a Mr. Henry Russell. Regularly meeting in Mr. Russell’s basement, this group bonded through the chaos and uncertainty that lay ahead for the country. Determined to make a difference in the community, they formed Bethel A.M.E. Adrian on August 4, 1858 under the guidance of Rev. George R. Clark.

For the next decade, this small group of visionary and driven people continued to meet in the basement of various loyal members. Before you knew it, what started off as a few, grew to many. A prominent lawyer, Mr. Backus, saw the continued growth and presented a site for the church to establish a home in 1869. It was a lot on the corner of Butler and Locust St.

Bethel AME Exterior - Back in the day

However, the red shingled white trimmed building that the group found for the site needed quite a bit of repair. The building was previously used as a meeting hall. After some love and attention, what was once was a meeting hall became their church home. And for the next 100 years it continued to be. But again, these were visionary and driven people, who rose the next generation to be just as motivated and inspired children. So the church grew and grew.

On July 1, 1968, the church moved into a temporary home at the Goodwill of Adrian. Making way for the construction of the brand new facility, which began on July 31, 1968. It took over a year for the new church home to be finished. But on March 8, 1970 the entire town of Adrian rejoiced and came together for the opening of the church doors.

The new Bethel was all that had been hoped for in a church home since the meetings in Mr. Russell’s basement. It was a place of warmth, beauty and tranquility. The entire community came together to make the new facility possible, and to show their gratitude an Open House Tea event was hosted on April 26, 1970 at the church. A special tea was presented to donors, patrons, members and many friends of the community.

However, the red shingled white trimmed building that the group found for the site needed quite a bit of repair. The building was previously used as a meeting hall. After some love and attention, what was once was a meeting hall became their church home. And for the next 100 years it continued to be. But again, these were visionary and driven people, who rose the next generation to be just as motivated and inspired children. So the church grew and grew.

On July 1, 1968, the church moved into a temporary home at the Goodwill of Adrian. Making way for the construction of the brand new facility, which began on July 31, 1968. It took over a year for the new church home to be finished. But on March 8, 1970 the entire town of Adrian rejoiced and came together for the opening of the church doors.

The new Bethel was all that had been hoped for in a church home since the meetings in Mr. Russell’s basement. It was a place of warmth, beauty and tranquility. The entire community came together to make the new facility possible, and to show their gratitude an Open House Tea event was hosted on April 26, 1970 at the church. A special tea was presented to donors, patrons, members and many friends of the community.

However, the red shingled white trimmed building that the group found for the site needed quite a bit of repair. The building was previously used as a meeting hall. After some love and attention, what was once was a meeting hall became their church home. And for the next 100 years it continued to be. But again, these were visionary and driven people, who rose the next generation to be just as motivated and inspired children. So the church grew and grew.

On July 1, 1968, the church moved into a temporary home at the Goodwill of Adrian. Making way for the construction of the brand new facility, which began on July 31, 1968. It took over a year for the new church home to be finished. But on March 8, 1970 the entire town of Adrian rejoiced and came together for the opening of the church doors.

The new Bethel was all that had been hoped for in a church home since the meetings in Mr. Russell’s basement. It was a place of warmth, beauty and tranquility. The entire community came together to make the new facility possible, and to show their gratitude an Open House Tea event was hosted on April 26, 1970 at the church. A special tea was presented to donors, patrons, members and many friends of the community.

Bethel Exterior - 2

Over the years, Bethel A.M.E. Church (lovingly known as the “Methodist Church”) has been a gracious, warm and giving Church that has had a continued presence and positive impact on families in Adrian and the surrounding communities.

Bethel has been a place where many young people have grown up in the church and began their Christian journey. Bethel is currently the meeting site for the Lenawee County Branch NAACP meetings, and continues to be a present help to the students attending Adrian College and Siena Heights College, as well as partner with other dedicated churches and organizations that help our community.

Today, Bethel A.M.E. Church strives to continue to provide a spiritual and church sanctuary for those who are seeking to come closer to God and to serve Him with gifts and talents.

Over the years, Bethel A.M.E. Church (lovingly known as the “Methodist Church”) has been a gracious, warm and giving Church that has had a continued presence and positive impact on families in Adrian and the surrounding communities.

Bethel has been a place where many young people have grown up in the church and began their Christian journey. Bethel is currently the meeting site for the Lenawee County Branch NAACP meetings, and continues to be a present help to the students attending Adrian College and Siena Heights College, as well as partner with other dedicated churches and organizations that help our community.

Today, Bethel A.M.E. Church strives to continue to provide a spiritual and church sanctuary for those who are seeking to come closer to God and to serve Him with gifts and talents.

Over the years, Bethel A.M.E. Church (lovingly known as the “Methodist Church”) has been a gracious, warm and giving Church that has had a continued presence and positive impact on families in Adrian and the surrounding communities.

Bethel has been a place where many young people have grown up in the church and began their Christian journey. Bethel is currently the meeting site for the Lenawee County Branch NAACP meetings, and continues to be a present help to the students attending Adrian College and Siena Heights College, as well as partner with other dedicated churches and organizations that help our community.

Today, Bethel A.M.E. Church strives to continue to provide a spiritual and church sanctuary for those who are seeking to come closer to God and to serve Him with gifts and talents.

Meet the Pastor

Rev. Lynn Jackson is a compassionate woman of God that lives to care for God’s people. She currently serves as Pastor for the loving congregation at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, which is a church for all people.

Her ministry began at Oak Grove AME Church in Detroit, where she attended since 1991. Following God’s call, she served as a teacher for the Wednesday Night Youth Bible Study, Heaven on Earth Ministry, D.O.V.E.S (Daughters of Virtue Empowered Spiritually), Women in Ministry and Barat House Ministry. She also served as the President / Board Chair for the L.I.F.T. Women’s Resource Center.

After becoming ordained as Deacon (2009) / Elder (2011), she was given her first Pastoral assignment at Visitor’s Chapel AME in Detroit (2012).

Rev. Jackson’s educational background includes a Master of Business Administration (MBA), a Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) from Ashland Theological Seminary where she began work on her doctorate in Transformational Leadership. Rev. Jackson is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and uses her gifts to help those in need.

After thirty-seven and one half (37 ½) years with the Postal Service, she retired in 2015 and enjoys spending time with her family. She is happily married to Dwayne, her husband of thirty-one (31) years. Together they have three beautiful children Rachel, David and Stephanie and six grandchildren Jada, Amari, Nala, Julian, Major and Dominic.

Rev. Lynn Jackson is a compassionate woman of God that lives to care for God’s people. She currently serves as Pastor for the loving congregation at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, which is a church for all people.

Her ministry began at Oak Grove AME Church in Detroit, where she attended since 1991. Following God’s call, she served as a teacher for the Wednesday Night Youth Bible Study, Heaven on Earth Ministry, D.O.V.E.S (Daughters of Virtue Empowered Spiritually), Women in Ministry and Barat House Ministry. She also served as the President / Board Chair for the L.I.F.T. Women’s Resource Center.

After becoming ordained as Deacon (2009) / Elder (2011), she was given her first Pastoral assignment at Visitor’s Chapel AME in Detroit (2012).

Rev. Jackson’s educational background includes a Master of Business Administration (MBA), a Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) from Ashland Theological Seminary where she began work on her doctorate in Transformational Leadership. Rev. Jackson is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and uses her gifts to help those in need.

After thirty-seven and one half (37 ½) years with the Postal Service, she retired in 2015 and enjoys spending time with her family. She is happily married to Dwayne, her husband of thirty-one (31) years. Together they have three beautiful children Rachel, David and Stephanie and six grandchildren Jada, Amari, Nala, Julian, Major and Dominic.

Past Bethel & A.M.E. Leaders

Bishops

Bishop H.M. Turner

Bishop J.M. Conners

Bishop C.S. Smith

Bishop W.J. Vernon

Bishop J.A. Gregg

Bishop George W. Barber

Bishop F.D. Jordan

Bishop Joseph A. Gomez

Bishop Howard J. Primm

Bishop Hubert Robins

Bishop Samuel S. Morris

Bishop James H. Mayo

Bishop Robert Thomas Jr.

Bishop Phillip R. Cousin

Bishop John R. Bryant

Bishop John F. White

Presiding Elders

Presiding Elder Shelton

Presiding Elder C.E. Allen

Presiding Elder J.W. Sanders

Presiding Elder W.A. Crider

Presiding Elder Wiseman

Presiding Elder W.E. Walker

Presiding Elder David Amysey

Presiding Elder R.F. Washington

Presiding Elder James A. Aikens

Presiding Elder Joseph A. Parker

Presiding Elder Harold C. Huggins

Presiding Elder Norman V. Osborne

Pastors

Rev. G.B. Walls

Rev. R.H. Shelton

Rev. P.S. Marks

Rev. W.A. Crider

Rev. A. Smith

Rev. Fredrick Carter

Rev. W.W. Clarke

Rev. Pierson

Rev. F.M. Findley

Rev. E.L. Clark

Rev. Ware

Rev. David Ampey

Rev. C.A. Graine

Rev. Nelson

Rev. Lamont

Rev. Charles Penny

Rev. Hurd

Rev. Houston

Rev. Simmons

Rev. Joseph A. Parker

Rev. Walter Smith

Rev. Edward Roundtree

Rev. Mack Taylor

Rev. Wm. A. White

Rev. W.H. Jones

Rev. Samuel Stafford

Rev. Thomas Givahn

Rev. Alfred Knowles

Rev. Bowman Johnson

Rev. J.W. Cook

Rev. Wm. Saunders

Rev. Willie Clements

Rev. E.W. Arnold

Rev. Thomas VanLeer

Rev. W. Mordeau Williams

Rev. Oscar Crear

Rev. L.B. Johnson

Rev. Calvin Rice

Rev. Thomas Harrell

Rev. Clarence Carrington

Rev. Charles Harpole

Rev. Charles Wilson

Rev. Fredrick Gaddy

Rev. Paul Mugala

Rev. Oveta Fuller-Caldwell

Rev. Joseph Funchess

Rev. Lynn M. Jackson

Rev. G.B. Walls

Rev. R.H. Shelton

Rev. P.S. Marks

Rev. W.A. Crider

Rev. A. Smith

Rev. Fredrick Carter

Rev. W.W. Clarke

Rev. Pierson

Rev. F.M. Findley

Rev. E.L. Clark

Rev. Ware

Rev. David Ampey

Rev. C.A. Graine

Rev. Nelson

Rev. Lamont

Rev. Charles Penny

Rev. Hurd

Rev. Houston

Rev. Simmons

Rev. Joseph A. Parker

Rev. Walter Smith

Rev. Edward Roundtree

Rev. Mack Taylor

Rev. Wm. A. White

Rev. W.H. Jones

Rev. Samuel Stafford

Rev. Thomas Givahn

Rev. Alfred Knowles

Rev. Bowman Johnson

Rev. J.W. Cook

Rev. Wm. Saunders

Rev. Willie Clements

Rev. E.W. Arnold

Rev. Thomas VanLeer

Rev. W. Mordeau Williams

Rev. Oscar Crear

Rev. L.B. Johnson

Rev. Calvin Rice

Rev. Thomas Harrell

Rev. Clarence Carrington

Rev. Charles Harpole

Rev. Charles Wilson

Rev. Fredrick Gaddy

Rev. Paul Mugala

Rev. Oveta Fuller-Caldwell

Rev. Joseph Funchess

Rev. Lynn M. Jackson

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