Welcome to Big Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the "Old Landmark" and mother church of African Methodism in Atlanta, Georgia.

Where do I park?

When coming to worship at Big Bethel on Sundays there are multiple places for you to park. There is always free parking on the street on Sundays only. There is also a church-owned metered parking lot directly behind the church on the corner of John Wesley Dobbs and Jesse Hill Drive available for Sunday Services and other Church Events.  Parking hangtags are provided for Big Bethel members only, per vehicle registered.  Failure to display your parking hangtag or pay at the meter can result in your car being booted.  Contact the church office for more information.


New Guest: What to expect as a First Time Visitor?

We welcome you with open arms here at Big Bethel, and we focus on creating a culture that is receptive, inviting, caring, and open.

New Guest: What to expect during worship?

During Worship, you can expect a good balance of contemporary and traditional worship. We are not limited by the program and traditional worship. We are a spirit-driven church. Our dynamic pastor is well prepared to minister to you and your life’s situations. At Big Bethel, you are free to worship and to express your joy and love for God as the Bible proclaims and the spirit desires.

Big Bethel is considered to be one of the vital urban churches in Atlanta. We are constantly seeking to minister to God's people in doing the work of the Lord. If you want to grow spiritually, looking for a church home, just moved to town, a college student, or even just visiting Atlanta, we invite you to fellowship with us.

What time are the Worship Services?

During this COVID-19 Crisis
 Virtual Worship Services 

Sundays -10:00 AM & 2:00PM

Bible Study By Phone 
12:00 noon  (515) 606-5183 
Code: 673604#

7:00 pm  1-605-472-5512 
Code 772576#


Worship Services
7:30 AM & 10:00 AM

 Sunday School Classes - 8:30 AM

THRIVE ~Next Shift Contemporary Worship
Sundays 2:00 PM

Bible Study
12:00 noon & 7:00 pm

Administrative Office

204 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA, 30303
Tel: (404) 827-9707|Fax:(404) 223-3060

Senior Pastor - Rev. John Foster, Ph.D. Ext. 111 jfoster@bigbethelame.org
Special Assistant to the Pastor -
Rev. Charmain Purvis
Ext. 105 cpurvis@bigbethelame.org
Christian Education Director-
Rev. Monica Jones, Ph.D
Ext. 101 mjones@bigbethelame.org
Business Manager- Ed Jones Ext. 109 erjones@bigbethelame.org
Administrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor -Theresa Strother Ext. 102 adminasst@bigbethelame.org
Minister of Music - Nate Fisher Ext. 104 nfisher@bigbethelame.org
THRIVE Young Adult and College Ministry -
Min. Marissa Akery
Ext. 112 makery@bigbethelame.org
Youth Recreation Center – Bethel Saturday School Academy – Juvenile Justice Ark of Safety Community Outreach Ministry – Rev. Bessie Donaldson Ext. 106 bdonaldson@bigbethelame.org
Graphic Designer - Martiqniue Mix Ext. 103 marmix@bigbetheame.org
Big Bethel AME Church   jesus.saves@bigbethelame.org

Worship Event Day Time
Morning Worship Sunday 7:30 AM & 10:00 AM (5th Sunday is the exception  - ONE Service at 10:00 AM)
Youth Church 2nd & 3rd Sundays 10:00 AM
THRIVE  Young Adult Ministry
>>Next Shift >>Worship
Sunday 2:00 PM
Church School Sunday 8:30 AM
Holy Communion First Sunday 7:30 AM & 10:00 AM
Induction of New Members Fourth Sunday 10:00 AM
 Bible Study Wednesday 12:00 Noon & 7:00PM
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