About Us

Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

  1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV)

Our History:

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Greensboro, NC began as Boone's Chapel during the post Civil War era.  The Gate City served as the host site for the North Carolina Annual conference in April 1869.  On April 13, a motion to establish a congregation on the east site was passed.  Rev. Elijah Boone was tapped to oversee development and serve as pastor.

The founding members of the fledgling charge included Dr. and Mrs. James B. Dudley, Mr. Watson Law, Mr. Yancey Gibson, Mr. Alfred Blount and Mr. Anderson Ledwell.  The original edifice was a wooden structure built in 1874.  As the congregation grew, aided by the influence of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Western North Carolina Conference was formed in 1892.  Rev. Charles H. King was appointed pastor the following year.  During his pastorate property, adjoining the church was purchased and the membership voted to erect a new structure.  It was a brick building of Gothic design featuring stained glass windows and a full basement.  Construction was completed in 1894.  Our current sanctuary contains the spherical stained glass depiction of Christ praying in the Garden Gethsemane, which accentuated the altar of the sanctuary, which was subsequently renamed Bethel.    



Rev. Dr. Clay Barrow

Senior Pastor

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Ministerial Staff


Rev. James Womack

Itinerant Elder

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Rev. Kim Foster

Itinerant Elder


Rev. Phyllis Smith

Itinerant Elder


Sis. Sonja Patterson

Bro. Calvin Chadwick



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Rev. Hattie Howell

Itinerant Elder