Mother Bethel

In the heart of Philadelphia is a beautiful church. It is a church with warm hearts, friendly people, and an amazing history.

Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church was first started by Richard Allen over 200 years ago. It is an active church with services held every Sunday. You can visit its website at Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church to find out more about its service times, current pastor, and congregation.

While there, be sure to visit the Richard Allen Museum, which is on the premises. The tomb of Richard Allen is there, along with his pulpit, the guns he and his fellow patriots used during the War of 1812, and other important artifacts. It’s a beautiful and well-kept museum, and one that is well worthy of your visit to explore and further understand the amazing man, Richard Allen, and the outstanding individuals who worked with him and followed in his footsteps to build a church that now reaches the far corners of the globe.

For many years, the Rev. Dr. Jeffrey N. Leath was its pastor. Now, however, he has stepped forward to continue in Richard Allen’s footsteps as Bishop of the church. In his new role, Bishop Leath travels extensively and touches the lives of many. You can learn more about his historic election as Bishop by clicking on the link to National News.

During the writing of America’s Black Founders, I was greatly helped by Bishop Leath and the staff at Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church, especially Ms. Dolores Lyons. For this, we are all greatly indebted to their generosity and willingness to contribute to this book.