With the theme, “This Far by Faith” Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church celebrated their 211th church anniversary on Nov. 23, at the Doubletree by Hilton in Monroeville. With gala chairpersons Linda Burleigh and Janet Spencer and program chairs Ashley Johnson (Courier advertising coordinator) and Frances Hipps, the occasion was celebrated with an evening of dining, honoring, musical selections and a just a little electric slide at the end.
The honorees have both been instrumental in projects reviving the Hill District community. The honorees included: Marimba Milliones—president and CEO of the Hill Community Development Corporation and Evan Frazier—senior vice president of Community Affairs for Highmark.
Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church is the oldest church of color west of the Allegheny Mountains. Reverend Dale Snyder Sr. is the pastor and Yolanda Snyder is first lady. The church was organized in 1808 in a small home in the Downtown area, they received their first charter in 1818 and their first church was in an alley on Way Street in Downtown Pittsburgh. Today the church resides at 2720 Webster Ave.
COMMITTEE WITH HONOREE—Rev. Dale Snyder, Ashley Johnson, Marimba Milliones, Linda Burleigh, Frances Hipps and Janet Spencer (Feature Photo)
by Debbie Norrell, Lifestyles Editor