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Who are We???

We Are Bethel,

We Are The House!

Our Church History

The history of this congregation goes back to 1917 when Deacon Malachi Jones gathered a group of approximately 30 baptized Christians from his hometown of Dothan, Alabama to worship together in the Orange/East Orange, NJ vicinity.  He contacted Rev. Wilbur Neal and asked if he would pastor this group. Reverend Neal consented and upon arrival, Rev. Neal and his prayer group assembled in a building on Dodd Street and Brighton Avenue in East Orange.  The name “BETHEL” was selected for the church in accordance with Genesis 35:3, “And let us arise, and go up to Bethel and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went.”


Reverend Wilbur B. Neal

Deacon Alexander McGriff, Sr.


Mrs. Minerva Jones

Mrs. Leona Jones

Miss Ruth Spann

Mrs. Jane Williams

Mrs. Ethel Jones

Mr. Hosea Jones

Mr. Noah Jones

Mrs. Martha Bowers

Mrs. Clara Craddock

Mrs. Peggy McGriff

Mr. Joseph McLoyd

Mrs. Jessie McGriff

Deacon Malachi J. Jones

Deacon Henry Craddock


Mrs. Bessie Jones

Mrs. Essie Jones

Miss Annie Bowers

Mrs. Anita Towns Miss Mary Bowers

Mr. Fob Craddock

Miss Cora Craddock

Mr. John McGriff

Miss Naomi Spann

Miss Carrie Craddock

Mr. George Bowers

Mr. Pat Jones



In March 2018, Bethel voted upon Bishop Dr. Darren A. Ferguson as its new Pastor.  After a six-month interim period, Bishop Dr. Ferguson was duly installed as Bethel’s 7th Pastor, with Dr. Calvin Butts of Abyssinian Baptist Church of Harlem, NY invited as Keynote Speaker.  Rev. Al Sharpton of National Action Network kicked off the Installation Weekend with a Friday night worship service.

Bethel strives to continue enlarging our territory, and remains committed to service to ALL!

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