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

What time are the Worship Services?

 Worship Services
7:30 AM & 10:00 AM

 Sunday School Classes - 8:45 AM

Bible Study
Wednesdays at 12:00 noon and 7:00 pm

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
Tel: (404) 827-9707|Fax:(404) 223-3060

Senior Pastor - Rev. John Foster, Ph.D.Ext. 111jfoster@bigbethelame.org
Special Assistant to the Pastor -
Rev. Charmain Purvis
Ext. 105cpurvis@bigbethelame.org
Christian Education Director- 
Rev. Monica Jones, Ph.D
Ext. 101mjones@bigbethelame.org
Business Manager- Ed JonesExt. 109erjones@bigbethelame.org
Administrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor -H. Juanita ReeceExt. 102


Interim Minister of Music - Rev. Reginald Cleaver, Jr.Ext. 104


THRIVE Young Adult and College Ministry -
Min. Marissa Akery
Ext. 112makery@bigbethelame.org
Youth Recreation Center – Bethel Saturday School Academy – Juvenile Justice Ark of Safety Community Outreach Ministry – Rev. Bessie DonaldsonExt. 106bdonaldson@bigbethelame.org
Graphic Designer - Martiqniue MixExt. 103marmix@bigbetheame.org
Big Bethel AME Church jesus.saves@bigbethelame.org

Worship Event

Morning WorshipSunday7:30 AM & 10:00 AM (5th Sunday is the exception  - ONE Service at 10:00 AM)
Youth Church2nd & 3rd Sundays10:00 AM
THRIVE  Young Adult Ministry 
 >>Next Shift >>Worship
Sunday2:00 PM
Church SchoolSunday8:45 AM
Holy CommunionFirst Sunday7:30 AM & 10:00 AM
Induction of New MembersFourth Sunday10:00 AM
 Bible Study


12:00 Noon & 7:00 PM
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