Each member of the A.M.E. church, with the exception of clergy, are known as Lay Members or the Laity of the church and are encouraged to become active and participating members of the Lay Organization.

The goal of this organization is to promote the support and participation of laity in the various programs of the church. The Lay Organization is also responsible for conducting recurrent study and stimulating education of lay persons with regards to the laws and guidelines laid out in the Discipline of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. This group meets the 4th Saturday of each month.


This organization includes all young adult laity of the church, ages 18-40. The Young Adult Network (YAN) was organized under the leadership of Bishop Philip R. Cousin, Sr. who felt the importance of capturing the ideas, talents and collective resources of the young adults of the African Methodist Episcopal Church to benefit the entire Church. The Young Adult Network of the Michigan Conference shares in the Bishop’s vision and is developing ministries and programs to help our Young Adults to become great leaders in the A.M.E. Church.


Allen Christian Fellowship (ACF) is a ministry that attends to the social and spiritual needs of the children and pre-teens in Bethel Church, ages 5-12, by providing carefully structured, yet fun, programs and activities designed to stimulate spiritual growth and cultural development in creative ways. This group meets Mondays at 6:05 PM.


The Young People’s Department (YPD) is a division of the Women’s Missionary Society and is open to all youth members, ages 13-26. This group meets every Thursday at 7:00 PM. The purpose of the YPD is…

  • To provide meaningful youth training programs in all areas of church life, which will provide for full participation in the total mission of the church.
  • To provide training in Evangelism, Christian Social Relations and Education with the intent to increase exposure, knowledge and understanding of the A.M.E. Church’s history and the Holy Scriptures.
  • To provide opportunities for leadership experience.


The Men of Bethel is a voluntary organization which consists, solely, of male members of the Bethel church family. These men are soldiers of Christ that express a desire to assist Bethel Church members in their social, physical, economic and spiritual needs. They are also dedicated to assisting community members who display a need for assistance and developing and implementing cultural, social and community services and physical programs for the youth. Two (2) events are sponsored, annually, by the Men of Bethel: The Joe Phillips’ Poor Man’s Dinner in April and Bethel’s Annual Church Picnic each August.


When you enter Bethel Church, you will meet a member of the Courtesy Committee. They are those persons that extend a warm hand of welcome to worshippers as they enter our church. This organization’s members serve are host/hostesses for various church functions and special occasions. They deliver announcements during Sunday Morning Worship Service and extend recognition of and a formal greeting to all Sunday Worship Service visitors. The Courtesy Committee serves as an agent of social and spiritual cohesiveness.