Established: 1910 Formation of theBethanyMissionaryBaptistChurch
Purpose/Mission Statement: To worked tirelessly to carry out the mandate of Acts 1:8 to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and teach God’s Word to all at every given opportunity.
Scriptures: 2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
Since the birth and growth of the New Testament Church in the Book of Acts, Christian education has been of the utmost importance in the life of the church. Likewise, from the founding of Bethany Missionary Baptist Church in 1910, to the present generations of spirit-filled, committed individuals have worked tirelessly to carry out the mandate of Acts 1:8 to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and teach God’s Word to believers at every opportunity.
God’s Word not only shows us the way to His marvelous salvation through Jesus Christ, but once saved it helps us to understand who we were, whom we belong to, and God’s divine purpose for our lives. As we study the Bible, we find that we have become the children of God (1 John 3:1-2), temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19), the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13) the light of the world (Matthew 5:14-16), and we’re bought with a price (1 Cor. 6:20). We discover that we are new creatures in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17), a chosen generation, a peculiar people, a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9-10), and servants of the Most High God (Matthew 25:14-30:20, Galatians 2:20). Like soldiers and athletes, we are called to discipline ourselves through the study and application of God’s Holy Word. In order to train our children to live Godly lives, (Proverbs 22:6) and be living examples of Christ (Romans 12:1-2), we must be students of the Word ourselves. Those who have neglected to obey the Word and fail to take advantage of the many opportunities to know and live God’s Word are not only missing out on a deeper relationship and appreciation of God, but will also be held accountable for their lack of diligence (Matthew 25).
Current Bethany teachers include: Rev. Dr. Myron D. Barnes, Sr., Mrs. Mariline Barnes, Deaconess Winette Blanding, Deacon Harvey Blanding, Deacon Anthony Brunswick, Mrs. Trudy Cooper, Mrs. Vivian Drayton, Mr. Michael Dunbar, Ms. Betty Jean Gilliard, Deacon Alfred Harris, Deaconess Cassandra Harris, Deacon Timothy Harris, Ms. Doris Harrison, Mrs. Rocheedia Howell, Ms Candice Little, Deaconess Karen Kennedy, Ms. Marilyn McCoy, Mrs. Shakura Monroe, Ms. Angela Norman, Deaconess Alma Scott, Mrs. Inez Sellers, Mrs. Martha Smith, Ms. Theresa Spence, Deacon Neal Stubbs, Ms. Robin Travers, Deacon Thurman Waller, Rev. John Williams, Mrs. Yolanda Weaver, Deaconess Elizabeth Young, Deacon Herb Young, Deacon Oliver Young, Mrs. Paula Young.
Other teachers and leaders who have served with distinction over the years include Rev. Alpheus L. Bright, Pastor Emeritus, Deacon Andrew Brunswick, Trustee Oliver Carter, Deacon Ormand Chandler, Ms. Marie General, Deacon Lawrence Key, Trustee Clafton Moses, Trustee Melvin Pitts, Deacon Ronald Price, Rev. and Mrs. Lester Porter, Deacon Robert Solomon and Deacon Richard Turner, Mrs. Sara Wing.
Current Christian Education Staff
- Director Christian Education – Deacon Alfred D. Harris, Jr.
- Sunday School Superintendent – Ms. Robin Travers
Assistant Sunday School Superintendent – Mrs. Rocheedia Howell
Administrative Specialist – Deaconess Cassandra Harris
Vacation Bible School Director – Deacon Timothy Harris
Special Programs Coordinator – Deaconess Winnette Blanding
New Members Ministry – Deaconess Karen Kennedy and Deacon Neal Stubbs
Monday Adult Bible and LIFE Classes/Wednesday CHOICES and FOCUSED Classes –Rev. Dr. Myron D. Barnes, Sr., Pastor
Tuesday Adult Bible Class – Deacon Herbert Young, Sr.
Wednesday Adult Bible Class – Deacon Anthony Brunswick
Little Women of Faith & You’re Worth the Wait Ministries– Sis. Yolanda Weaver
Male to Men Ministry – Bro. Keith Watkins
Kids 4 the Kingdom Christian Academy–Rev. Dr. Myron D. Barnes, Sr., Pastor and Mrs. Cecil Pettus