BETHEL A M E CHURCH
|Pastor William C Perkins and First Lady Rose Perkins|
. My wife and I feel blessed to be a part of this fine Bethel Cedar Rapids congregation and endeavor to improve the church, make it better than we found it and to be a blessing to the people here
Bethel AME, although not the largest in Cedar Rapids, is the oldest predominately black church in Cedar Rapids.
The land where the church stands today was donated to the church by John F.and Mary A. Ely in 1874. The Original deed for land is shown The building was completed and dedicated on July 1, 1876
Original Church built 1876
The house pictured to the right eventually became The Rice Funeral Home
Interior of old wooden Bethel AME
|Bethel Church 1931 cornerstone laying|
|Bethel Cornerstone 1872- 1931|
Current Church 512 6th Street SE
Pastor's wife Mrs Copeland, Gloria Phillips, Charles Alnutt, Charles Castine, Keever Davis, Teacher Marjorie Smith
|BETHEL YOUTH CHOIR 1950'S|
L to R; Connie Rice. Herschell Pickens, Ruby Hudson, Keith Brown, Carole Reed, John Wesley Collins, Kay Perkins
Pastor Theodore Hudson
Beatrice "GoGo" Kramer
"Mother Bea" as she is affectionately known, is a life long member of Bethel African American Methodist Episcopal Church, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Mother Bea has the longest membership (living) and is also the
eldest member (age wise). Mother Bea is presently represented by five generations, as pictured - all attending Bethel. Daughter: Joanne Howard; granddaughter, Wendi Cooks; Great-grand daughter, Erica ;and Great Great Grand son, Kaine
Mother Bea has a BIG smile and a BIG heart as she approaches an upcoming "99th Birthday"
on July 23, 2012
Mt Zion Missionary Baptist Church
In 1914 the congregation obtained property on
624 Eighth Street SE on which the first Church structure was built.
Mt Zion Church built 19-- on the same 8th street locality
Mt Zion 2009 After the 2008 Flood
Located 13-- 3rd Ave SE
Mt Zion Baptist Church Located at 6621 C Ave NE
Web site for the current church is: http://www.mtzionmbchurch.org/
Mt Zion SILVERLITE SINGERS 1957
Link to "SENDING UP MY TIMBER" featuring Mr. Dawson
|CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST|
730 H Street S W.
Established by Pastor Louis Charles Colbert and First Lady Betty M. Colbert
CHRIST SANCTIFIED HOLINESS CHURCH
The church was originally located on the corner of 15th street and 13th Ave SE. The building was moved and restored as an historical site to Ushers Ferry Park in Cedar Rapids. The building was purchased and pastored by Viola Gibson's father around 1918. It was subsequently pastored by Elder H.G. Darden and then by Viola Gibson herself.
Rev. Viola Gibson
|1937 CONFIRMATION CLASS|
Loretta S Robert T
Father Joseph Servay. Marvin M Virgil H James J Gerald Sherwood, Tony R