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Black History Ministry


The purpose of the Black History Ministry is to explore, enrich and educate the Bethel family and community on issues that provide information relating to the African American experience through a variety of diverse programs.

"The Black History Ministry of Bethel honors, for her May 12th birthday, the memory of our Lorraine Roberts and her legacy of community leadership and service, as Bethel Church Historian and the driving force of the Black History Ministry. We wish to effectively continue her legacy."



Ministry Team:

  • Dorena Robinson: President

  • Alan Glover: Vice President

  • Patricia Murphy: Secretary

  • Verna Carr: Treasurer

  • Jacquolen Glover: Chaplain

  • Jacqueline Harper

  • Janet Holley

  • Beatrice McCormick

  • Patricia White 

  • Lynford McNish: Deacon Liaison

  • Rev. Mildred Moore: Ministerial Liaison

  • Brown Lewis: Trustee Liaison

June & October Theme: “Historical Black Sites in Dutchess County: Hidden Places in Plain Site”

August 2021: Black History Ministry will be leading the Wednesday Prayer Services

August 16, 2021:  Black History Ministry will be feeding the homeless

Black Facts "African American Historical Contributions to Medical Health Care"

  • Patricia Bath, MD. First black female physician awarded a patent for a medical invention.

  • Lonnie Bristow, MD. First black physician elected President of the American Medical Association.

  • Nathan Francis Mossell, Co-founder of one of the first black hospitals in the U.S.

  • Jane Cooke Wright, MD. First woman elected president of the New York Cancer Society.

  • Charles Drew known as the inventor of the blood bank

  • Marilyn Gaston, MD. - first black female director of a U.S. Public Health Service bureau.

  • Myra Adele Logan, the first woman to perform open-heart surgery

  • Michael Croslin (b.1933) invented computerized blood pressure and pulse monitoring devices

Scripture:  Luke 4: 18

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind,to set the oppressed free,"


Regular meeting day and time:

2nd Tuesday of every month 6:30pm


(See the church calendar for a full listing of events)

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