Our Story

How it all started...

We are a ministry that was planted in the town of Savage, Maryland since 1929. We started holding services in a tent with our offices in a house at Picket's Hall.  Our first real building was on Baltimore Street in 1932 before we purchased the church off Lincoln Street in 1947. We were there for about 35 years before obtaining what is now Bethel Christian Academy (The Cox Building) in 1982 and began holding our services there. The school was started in that same building in 1984 and remains to this day, though we have expanded our middle school to include the old Savage Fire Station on Lincoln Street which has been renovated to what is now Bethel Christian Academy (The Oakes Building). In 1998, we built the first part of the church we are in today off Vollmerhausen Road.

We have been in Savage for over 94 years now, situated squarely between Baltimore and Washington DC to effectively minister to this area.
Church Office at Picket's Hall
1st Anniversary
Bethel Assembly of God on Lincoln Street in 1947
Our First Real Building in 1932
(Now Storch Realty on Baltimore Street)
Bethel in 1982
(What is now Bethel Christian Academy)
Bethel Assembly of God in 1998

Expanding the vision...

The real blessing of the property on Vollmerhausen Road was that the land was gifted to us for free! As the church grew, we added the new wing on the building to include offices and classrooms, expanding our discipleship spaces and making Bethel Assembly of God the size that it is today.  We are a multi-cultural congregation that has been built on the blessing and favor of God!

Where we are headed...

We have made major strides to be affluent in our community, impacting in our cause, and functional in being the body of Christ. It’s amazing, what started in a tent has blossomed into a church that has walls but extends beyond them. Spreading across three campuses, Bethel is home to Bethel Assembly of God, Bethel Christian Academy (K3 - 8th grade), a vibrant Hispanic congregation, and other outreach ministries to our neighboring communities.

At Bethel, we have a saying, “When you’re here, you’re home,” and without question, we sincerely mean it! We are not perfect, but we do our best to live out what it is to be home. We want you to discover that Bethel is a place to call home where you too can be one of those people who are challenged to experience God. 

Bethel Pastors over the years...

Pastor Benny Sly
From the heart and passion of an Evangelist.
Pastor Jerome Defontes
To the faithful and committed leadership of our first pastor.
Pastor George S. Ross
Through fiery preaching and anointed Holy Spirit experiences.
Pastor Edward Stevenson
Providing deep theological insights in the Word of God.
Pastor J. Edward Garnes
Through “upper room” experiences in dedicated praise and worship.
Pastor James E. Revell
By way of a clear gifting in the anointed power of the Holy Spirit.
Pastor Kent Reckley
From a committed desire to minister to and among the local community.
Pastor Ervin Mason
At the expense of a church taking the risk on a young Spirit-filled preacher.
Pastor David Hargis
From one with ability to reach young people for the cause of Jesus Christ.
Pastor E. Don Cox
By one flowing in the rich anointing of teaching and visionary leadership.
Dr. Johnny L. Green
To the caring and passionate ability to build relationships and the deep desire to see God move among His people.

Be a part of our story...

Join us every Sunday as we gather for discipleship at 9:00 am and for worship together at 10:30 am.