Bethel AME Church in Pennington is celebrating its 200th Anniversary with several events scheduled for Sunday, October 16.
Under the direction of new pastor, Reverend Angela M. Battle, the day’s events will begin with a gathering at the African Cemetery at 1pm, followed by a Living Tree and Stone dedication at Bethel AME, 240 South Main Street at 1:30pm, an ecumenical service at Pennington Presbyterian Church at 2pm, and finally the Gospel City Singing Group at 3pm. The public is invited to attend all events, especially the ecumenical service in celebration of this historic milestone event for Bethel AME.
Bethel AME, founded in 1816, with church grounds purchased by Jonathan Bunn, originally built in 1847 and rebuilt in 1876, is the third oldest church in Pennington and is the oldest church of African descent.
Pennington Borough Mayor and Council issued a Proclamation, on September 7th, welcoming Rev. Battle and recognizing and honoring the accomplishments and connection of Bethel AME to Pennington on this 200th Anniversary celebration.