Our Pastoral History

* Rev. James Townsend was the 14th and 24th pastor of Bethel, Richmond, serving from 1873 - 1875 and 1891 - 1893, was a U.S. Presidential appointee as Recorder of Deeds and was the first Black man elected to represent Wayne County in the Indiana House of Representatives. Townsend was pastor when our current edifice was built. (Source: Find a Grave)

** Rt. Rev. Noah Wellington Williams was elected the 54th Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1932. (Source: Doctrine and Discipline of the A.M.E. Church) 

*** Rev. John Paul Quinn Wallace was one of the longest serving presiding elders of the Indiana Annual Conference, retiring at age 93 after 35 years of service. (Source: Indianapolis Recorder)