Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

115th Anniversary

Bethel 115 Anniversary Flyer
Greetings and Hallelujah in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Bethel AME Church – Des Moines will celebrate 115 years of being the lighthouse on our corner of the Zion on Sunday, July 21, 2024 at 2:30pm. Bethel became a church 63 years after Iowa became a state. We give honor and glory to the Lord for keeping us! And we ain’t tired yet!!!

We will start our celebration with an Evening of Praise Dance and Fellowship on Saturday, July 20, 2024 at 4:00pm. Do you have a Praise within you? You and your Praise Team are invited to come and glorify the Lord in your dance! Please contact Sis. Cheryl Hayes at 515-689-8638 or at

Then on Sunday, July 21, 2024 at 2:30pm, our guest speaker is a former Pastor of Bethel – Rev. James M. Moody, Sr., DMin., Presiding Elder, Milwaukee District of the Chicago Annual Conference. Come and let us adore the Lord together! A light reception will be served immediately following the afternoon service.

Our theme is Psalm 150:6 – Let everything that has breath Praise Ye the Lord! and our color scheme for this festive and milestone occasion is white, gold, orange, and lilac.

We’ve been through the fire, and we’ve been through the flood, but God has kept us, and we STILL have a Praise inside of us!

You may also participate by purchasing an ad in our commemorative virtual souvenir journal. Please honor Bethel, a loved one, family, your business, or yourself by purchasing an ad. The ad deadline is June 15, 2024.

We love you and thank you for helping us celebrate and commemorate this cornerstone of our community.

For any questions, please contact the 115th Church Anniversary Committee at

Yvonne S. Ousley, Anniversary Celebration Chairperson

Rev. Josephine Wolder, Pastor