1966 ~ Following a vision from the Lord, Mrs. Miriam E. Dennis, together with her husband Reverend Alwyn Dennis, started a mission according to the vision given to Mrs. Dennis. This mission with the Lord on their side and eight members started in their home.
1970 ~ With the assistance of Pastors S.A. Scarlett of the Republic of Panama and James Wright of Jamaica, New York, and the mission officially incorporated as a church in September becoming known as Bethel Baptist Church. The Church than moved from the Dennis’ home, to its’ new location. A storefront building located at 205-28 Linden Blvd., St Albans, New York.
1972 ~ Reverend Alwyn and Mrs. Miriam Dennis were blessed to purchase a plot of land at 197-23 Linden Boulevard, St Albans, New York where Bethel presently and proudly is located today.
1988 ~ Mrs. Miriam E. Dennis was ordained to the title of Reverend at the Metropolitan New York Baptist Association in the presence of many witnesses who accompanied her for this God lead occasion.
1989 ~ Under now Pastor Alwyn and Co-Pastor Miriam Dennis Bethel Baptist Church flourished and was rich with the following ministries: Bible Study, Discipleship & Evangelism Training, Vacation Bible School, Prison Ministry, Nursing Home Visitation, and Ministry to the Homeless, Clothing Distribution, Youth Ministry, Typing & Computer Classes, Tutoring Services, & CPR Training.
1993 ~ Reverend Alwyn Dennis transitioned this life and Co-Pastor Miriam Dennis was left to carry on the work of the church until she succumbed to illness in 2000. During her time of illness she was assisted by Reverend Robert Griffin and her assistant Minister Ian Neil who continued to lead the church when she was no longer able to do so.
2003 ~ Reverend Alvan R. Ross ministered, received his ordination and pastored the church until December 2006 after which the leadership of the church was maintained by the Diaconate Ministry under Deacons Patrick Powell and Mary Abernathy until the church called the new pastor on December 31, 2007.
2008 ~ Reverend Ralph H. Hoist, III and Reverend E. Regina Hoist were installed as the third Pastor and Co-Pastor to continue the work of building God’s Church by teaching His people and winning souls for Christ. The New Disciples Class and Bible Study was started and held on Saturday mornings at 7:00 AM. The overflow sanctuary was created with the installation of a wide screen TV monitor.
2009 ~ Bethel Baptist Church purchased their first Baptismal Pool and held the first in-house Baptismal Service baptizing six candidates before a congregation of witnesses. The church website was developed and launched, the Bethel Choir was started at the end of 2008 and the first son was consecrated with the licensing of Minister Patrick G. Powell on Sunday July 12, 2009.
2010 ~ Purchased new speakers; Pastor’s Office remodeled; provided an office space for the Media Ministry; Also our debut E.R. Hoist Praise Dance & Mime Ministry
2011 ~ Sons of Boaz Men’s’ Ministry held their first Men’s Breakfast; Queens Vashti & Esther Women’s Ministry sponsored their first Women of Empowerment (W.O.E.) Concert
2012 ~ Leadership Retreat held at Brigantine Oceanside Resort, Atlantic City, NJ; Jewels School of Charm & Distinction first completion soirée; This was the church wide Third Annual Community Health Fair and Music Ministry Celebration. On November 18th, 2012, five Deacons were Ordained.
2013 ~ Annual Leadership Retreat held in the Poconos in January; Son’s of Boaz Men’s Ministry held the second Annual Men’s Breakfast in May; Fourth Annual Community Health Fair in July; POW (Prayer on Wednesday) commenced.
2014 ~ Annual Leadership Retreat held in the Poconos in January; Son’s of Boaz Men’s Ministry held their third annual Men’s Breakfast in May; Fifth Annual Community Health Fair in July.
2015 ~ Held the first Women’s Day Garden Party on August 29th, 2015; Improved the infrastructure of the church (tree removal, roof, doors, power washed and pointed, and pipe repairs in the fellowship hall); Lighted cross was added to the sanctuary. The second son Deacon Ramel Howard was licensed and elevated to the Ministry team.
2016 ~ Held our 50th Church Anniversary, “Celebrating Our Past as We Build Our Future” Banquet at Antunn’s. Held First Pumpkin Blowout on October 31st with thirty-one children and parents in attendance in fellowship with fun, food and games. Second Annual Garden Party honoring Co-Pastor E. Regina Hoist. Held 6th Annual Men’s Breakfast in May. Rose of Sharon Marriage Ministry Outing
2017 ~ Leadership Retreat, “Leaders Who Lead By Their Godly Loyal Example”, Eagle Village, Tamiment, PA in February with Pastor Wendolyn and Elder Lawrence T. and Pastor Wendolyn Rivers, workshop facilitators. Held our first Four Night Revival Theme: Preparing the People for Prosperity” III John 1:2, in September with Revivalist Elder Roland Smith, First Baptist Church, Brooklyn, NY. Expansion of Pastor’s office into a Pastoral Suite. On September 30, honored Co-Pastor Hoist “A Woman For All Seasons” Gal. 6:9. November Church Community Outreach with the Women’s Ministry provided thanksgiving baskets for the women at Help Hillside House Women’s Shelter. Upgraded use of technology and added security cameras to monitor the sanctuary and outside the church.
2018 ~ Leadership Retreat,” A Radical Faith for a Radical Time, Leaders Faithfully Moving Forward in Kingdom Building”, Far Rockaway, NY, held in February with Bishop Dr. Curtis Redmon, workshop facilitator. Held our first Diaconate Ministry Celebration Service, Instituted Celebrating the Church and Spiritual Ministries Services. The second Four Night Revival, Theme: Preparing the People for Prosperity, in September. Honored Co-Pastor E. Regina Hoist, “Transformed and Renewed”, in on September 28. Modification and ongoing beautification continued of Sanctuary.
2019 ~ Leadership Retreat, “Striving to Live the Word of God” St. Albans, NY. Son’s of Boaz Men’s Ministry held their eight Annual Fellowship Breakfast, Theme: Men of God Walking by Faith, Isaiah 40:31 in June. We held our Third Annual Revival, Theme: Renew, Refresh, Revive, Psalms 85:6, in September. Modification and ongoing beautification of the Overflow Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall.
2020 ~ Virtual Sister 2 Sister Chat and Virtual Bible Study began in March. Commenced have live worship service on Facebook and Instagram.
Bethel’s Yearly Themes
2008 The year of the Bible - "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15
2009 The Year of Relationships: God, Family, Friend - "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33
2010 The Year of Prayer - 2 Chronicles 7:14
2011 The Year of Health & Wholeness Health in Body, Mind and Spirit, Wholeness in Church, Finances & Relationships - “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all” Psalm 34:19
2012 The Year of Living in God’s Purpose -“According to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord “ Eph. 3:11
2013 The Year of Sacrifice: Sacrificial Giving, Sacrificial Living for a Sacrificial God! - “I will freely sacrifice to You; I will praise Your name, O Lord, for it is good.” Ps. 54:6
2014 The Year of Reaping: You will have reaped what you have sown. -“And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.” John 4:36
2015 Let Our Lives Exemplify Our Love For Christ. - “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” Romans 8:35
2016 The Year to Examine Choices Psalm 25:12
2017 The Year Of Increasing Our Value
"...if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you will be a special treasure to Me above all people..." Exodus 19:5
2018 Radical Faith for a Radical Time "... I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there', And it will move..." Matthew 17:20
2019 Striving to Live The Word of God "And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. . .; for you serve the Lord Christ." Colossians 3:23-24 NKJV
2020 The Year of Giving God More "...Let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name." Hebrews 13:15
2021 New Year, New You, Same Truth
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
II Corinthians 5:17 NKJV