Since 1826 – over 198 years — Union Bethel has grown and served the Randallstown, Maryland community. The Early Church paved the way for us today. We will forever remember our Elders with pride. They loved and cared for us, and passed a cherished heritage on to us. Our Elders educated us and opened our eyes to the beauty of our past and the hopefulness of our future. 

 

They taught us to love ourselves and one another. Thanks be to God for Richard AllenAbsalom Jones, and the noble company of men and women in Philadelphia in 1787 who rejected the discrimination at St. Georges Methodist Church and organized the Free African Society. It is on their shoulders that we now stand. 

 

We give thanks to the Lord, and the founders of this congregation, where faithful people gather each week to sing, pray, and serve.   We are proud of the rich legacy and heritage of Union Bethel, proud to be African Methodist Episcopal. 

 

 

Pastoral Leadership in the Early Church

Rev. CrawfordRev. Asbury GrinnageRev. A.A. MurrayRev. Charles Murray • Rev. J.R. Nelson • Rev. M. Barnum • Rev. James M. Boston • Rev. Goings • Rev. J.G. MartinRev. Robert Ford  • Rev. Young  

 

Rev. James M. Boston  (1925-1931)Rev. L.C. Curtis (1932-1939)
Rev. P.A. Scott  (1931-1944)Rev. Joseph Garner  (1944-1946)
Rev. D.A. Makell (1946-1948)Rev. W. J. Dunlap  (1948-1950)
Rev. William H. Edwards  (1950-1961)Rev. LeRoy c. Brown  (1961-1969)
Rev. Willie K. Woods  (1970-1974) • Rev. J.G. Barnes  (1974-1980)
Rev. Henry Y. White  (1980-1984)
Rev. Charles T. Sembly  (1984 to 2022)
Rev. Raymond F. Edmonds, Jr. (2022-Present)

 

Learn More!

Second Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church  

  • Bishop James Levert Davis, Presiding Prelate Second Episcopal District AMEC
  • Mother Arelis Beevers Davis, Episcopal Supervisor
  • Reverend Dr. Jonathan L. Weaver, Presiding Elder, Potomac District

 

African Methodist Episcopal Church

  • Official Website of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

 

Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

  • The Reverend Mark Tyler, Pastor, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  

Union Bethel Historical Timeline

  • 1820’s: A parcel of land was set aside in Randallstown, Maryland for Negro families to use as a church
  • 1826: Good Hope Church was constructed and organized. It was also known as “Little Log Church.”
  • 1840: Union Bethel (“Little Log Church”) unites with the A.M.E. Church and was assigned to the Baltimore Conference.
  • 1853: Bro. Reuben Stewart emerged as leader of Little Log Church. St. Thomas Society was established. 
  • 1870: A new church structure was completed and the first written deed to the land was obtained. Later, the church was severely damaged by fire and rendered unusable until 1881.
  • 1890: The first mortgage was taken on the church. 

 

  • 1925-1931: Rev. James M. Boston was appointed pastor. Electricity was installed in the church.
  • 1932-1946: Rev. Leroy Brown was appointed pastor and developed the music ministries. He also established a Building Plan.
  • 1950-1961: Rev. William N. Edwards was appointed as pastor. He was instrumental in bringing a sense of family and purpose to the church. Union Bethel was assigned to the Washington Conference in 1952.
  • 1967: A new church structure was built. The new church was dedicated on April 14, 1968.
  • 1970-1974: Rev. Willie K. Woods was appointed pastor. Rev. Woods led the church to burn the mortgage on October 3, 1971.
  • 1974 – 1980: Rev. J.G. Barnes was appointed pastor. The first Lay Organization was formed.
  • 1980-1984: Rev. Henry Y. White was appointed pastor. He led Union Bethel to purchase its first parsonage.
  • 1981: Union Bethel became part of a three-church circuit called the Randallstown Circuit.
  • 1984-2022: Rev. Charles T. Sembly was appointed pastor. Membership blossomed from 200 to over 1,200 members.
  • 1992: The property at 8615 Church Lane in Randallstown, Maryland – a former synagogue – was purchased. The first worship service in the new building was on August 2, 1992.
  • 1992-Present: Union Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church stands today with over 1,200 members and more than 45 ministries dedicated to serving Christ. 

 

  • 2022 – Present: The Reverend Raymond F. Edmonds, Jr. was appointed Pastor by James Levert Davis, Presiding Prelate, The Second Episcopal District AME Church.