By Catherine Pugh,
Special to the AFRO
Rev. Dr. Patrick Clayborn has announced a Bethel A.M.E Church Homecoming.
Homecomings are often synonymous with football games and tailgating, but next week at Bethel A.M.E. Church- Homecoming will bring some notable pastors back to Baltimore.
The four-day revival begins Wednesday, November 9, 2022, through Sunday, November 13, 2022. Among those returning will be one of the most memorable pastors of Bethel A.M.E. who served the church from 1975-1988, Bishop John Bryant.
“One of the pastors we will miss because of a scheduling conflict is Bishop Frank Reid,III, who I followed,”said Rev. Clayborn. “However, the attendees will hear a word from him by video. He really wanted to be here.”
The homecoming revival will also bring sons and daughters ordained at Bethel A.M.E. Church, including Bishop Bryant’s son, Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant.
Dr. Jamal Bryant left his home church Bethel to start his own congregation in Baltimore, Empowerment Temple. He later moved to Georgia to replace the late Bishop Eddie Long at New Birth Missionary Church, in Lithonia.
Among the preachers will be one of the leading female pastors in the A.M.E. Church, Dr. Anne Lightner-Fuller, retired pastor of Calvary A.M.E. Church.
“Kicking off our homecoming celebration on Wednesday evening will be Dr. Rodrigues M. Johnson Jr., Senior Pastor Anderson Chapel AME Church,” said Pastor Clayborn.
“This is not just a homecoming for pastors, we are inviting former music ministry leaders, choir members, officers, ushers, lay people and pew members. What we want to see,” said pastor Clayborn, “is former members and friends of Bethel returning to the congregation to hear one or more of the revival ministers preach and musicians play and sing together.”
Bishop Alonzo Jones and Elder Jeff Jacobs former heads of Bethel’s music ministry will join Psalmist-Doreen Vail in leading the congregation in songs.
“Homecoming according to the dictionary is the tradition of welcoming alumni or other former members of an organization to celebrate the organizations existence…and that include members of a church organization so we don’t want anyone to be left out. Whether you spent one Sunday or years at Bethel, we want you to come and commune with us,” said Rev. Dr. Patrick Clayborn. “The pandemic forced so many people inside and many have joined online. We are hoping that this invitation reaches them as well. We loved to host a crowd of our E members who have never set foot in Bethel.”
Bethel A.M.E. Church is located at 1300 Druid Hill Ave., Baltimore, MD. 21215.
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