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 Jessie 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 practice radical hospitality here at Big Bethel, and we focus on creating a culture that is welcoming, receiving, inviting, caring, and open. We welcome you with open arms.

What time are the Worship Services

Summer Worship Services begin at 10:00 AM

Summer Sunday School Classes begin at 8:30AM

Bible Study is held on Wednesdays at 12:00 noon and 7:00pm

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.

Administrative Office

204 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA, 30303

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 -Phyllis Smiley Ext. 102 psmiley@bigbethelame.org
Minister of Music - Rev. Chuck Lyons, Jr. Ext. 104 clyons@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 DayTime
Morning WorshipSunday7:00AM & 10:00AM (5th Sunday is the exception  - ONE combined Service at 10:00 AM)
Youth Church2nd & 3rd Sunday10:00AM
THRIVE Young Adult Worship2nd and 4th Tuesdays6:30PM
Church SchoolSunday08:45AM
Holy CommunionFirst Sunday7:30AM & 10:00AM
Induction of New MembersFourth Sunday10:00AM
Wednesday Noon Bible StudyWednesday12:00 PM
Wednesday Evening Bible StudyWednesday7:00 PM