Bethlehem Baptist Church
3646 Hogan Road, SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30331
The Rev. Dr. Carl H. Moncrieff, Sr, Pastor
First Lady, Louise Watson Moncrieff
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Evangelist Willie Mae Climes hails from Florida. She has been a member of Bethlehem for three and a half years. She loves the Lord and believes in the power of prayer.
A retired early childhood educator, Evangelist Climes loves children and serving others. She is active in the Sunday School Department; June Birth Month Ministry; Shining Star Seniors and the Mission in Action as well as working with the Pastor and Associate Ministers as designated.
She initiated the quarterly minister’s fellowship; participates in the Bible Study rotation and is eager to learn and grow as a spiritual leader and evangelist
Rev. Carl Dorsey, the son of the late Gladys Alderman Dorsey and the Reverend Edward H. Dorsey, pastor of the Tabernacle Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA is a descendant of a line of preachers: he is the grandson of the late Reverend Joseph Thomas Dorsey, pastor of the Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church, Atlanta. GA and the great grandson of the late Reverend Henry Alderman, organizer and pastor of First Baptist Church, Teachey, North Carolina.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Rev. Dorsey grew up in Teachey with his maternal grandparents. When his father was called to pastor the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Atlanta, he moved to Atlanta where he attended the Atlanta Public School system and graduated from the David T. Howard High School. Upon graduation, he joined the U.S. Marine Corp. and received extensive military training.
He is married to Diadra Gresham Dorsey and together have six children: Carlita, Carl Jr., Edward H. II, Angela Denise, Kareis, and Nasiha and nine grandchildren. Currently, he serves as an Associate Minister at Bethlehem and has also served as Interim Pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church (Atlanta, GA), Moderator of the Antioch Baptist Church (San Jose, California), Associate Minister Allen Temple Baptist Church (Oakland, California).
Rev. Otis J. Prewitt is an Associate Minister of Bethlehem Baptist Church. Rev. Prewitt has been an active member of Bethlehem for 36 years. He served as Chairman of the Trustee Board from 1976 to 1978. Rev. Prewitt organized and incorporated One Church, One Child of Georgia in 1988.
Rev. Prewitt has a B.A. Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Religion.
Rev. Prewitt served in Vietnam where he was wounded and received the a prestigious purple heart. He was later honorably retired as a disabled veteran. He was married to the late Shirley J. Burkes and is the proud father of four children and grandfather of seven grandchildren. Rev. Prewitt was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and now resides in Jonesboro, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. His favorite quote is: We have come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord
Rev. Melba Renfro has been a member of Bethlehem for twenty-nine years and has served the church in many capacities, most recently as the Youth Director until 2004. She was ordained in the ministry in December 2000 and presents the monthly children’s sermon in morning worship on the fourth Sunday; teaches Bible study for ages five through twelve on Wednesday nights and leads the teenagers class in Youth Church on second Sundays.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Rev. Renfro is a graduate of Spelman College and served as the Child Care Coordinator at the Atlanta Children’s Shelter, Inc., a program for homeless families with young children. Her passion is teaching children and adults about Christ in a practical manner that is easy to understand and implement!
Rev. Mark Nelson Slones is licensed by God and the church to preach the Gospel. He is the son of Rev. John and Dr. Dorothy Slones. He is married to the former Katrina Davis and they have a wonderful five year old son, Jordan. Mark plans to attend the Interdenominational Theological Center to study theology. His dream is to improve his musical skills and own a recording studio for gospel music. His favorite Bible verse is Matthew 21:21.
Rev. Johnnie Louise Tabor is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and accepted the “Call” to ministry in 1995. Already licensed to preach the gospel, she entered Bible College to further her understanding to the call of God. A graduate of Murphy High School with honors in 1980, Johnnie received an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies from Dekalb College with brief studies at Georgia State University. Johnnie is a graduate of Beulah Heights Bible College and The Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia with a Master of Divinity and a Masters of Christian Education. She has been accepted into the Faith Journey Program for the academic year 2008-2009. For, the past nineteen years Reverend Tabor has been employed with Georgia Perimeter College in Logistical Services and the Plant Operations department.
Reverend Tabor was a member of Greater Liberty Hill Baptist Church from her youth to adulthood and was licensed and ordained under the leadership of the late Reverend J. I. McCrary Sr. Johnnie recently joined Bethlehem Baptist Church under the leadership of The Rev. Dr. Carl H. Moncrieff, Sr. Most of all Johnnie is a child of God and lover of all things Christ-like.
Rev. Robert Thurman Sr., is a graduate of R.L. Cousins High School in Covington Georgia. He currently resides in Decatur, Georgia with his loving wife of 25 years, Valerie Thurman, and adopted son, Anthony. He has been a loyal employee of Simmons Beautyrest Company for over 40 years. Rev. Thurman is also the proud father of five adult children; Robert Jr., Antoine, Rachinda, April, and Valencia. He is also blessed to be a grandfather of seven.
Rev. Thurman accepted the calling to ministry on February 8, 1998. Since then he has been faithfully striving to please God in every aspect of his life. Rev. Thurman has successfully completed a home course from Discovery Bible School of Stone Mountain, Georgia and has been an active ministerial member of the Atlanta Housing Project. Rev. Thurman also strives to fulfill his duty as a Bethlehem Baptist Church minister through service to not only church members but through community outreach.
In addition, Rev. Thurman serves as Chaplain in his workforce’s Union (2401), participates actively in the December Birth month ministry, serves as a devoted teacher in Sunday School, and serves on the Pastor’s Aide.
Rev. Sylvia Washington finds comfort, joy, peace, and strength in these guiding words “The Lord Is My Shepherd, I Shall Not Want”…. Psalms23:1 A native of Monticello, Fla., Rev. Washington is a graduate of Florida A & M University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, Fla. where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She was married to Mr. Waheed Olatundun, and is the mother of three lovely daughters, Kemi, Ayoka, and Shirley. Rev. Washington has one son, Rodney Hannah, husband of Ayoka and is the proud grandmother of twins, Rodney II, and Reagan Hannah.
“An Angel of Mercy” best describes Sylvia’s demeanor as a professional Registered Nurse (RN) for thirty years, compassionately serving and administering care in the professions of Nursing, Nursing Administration and Consulting . She is presently employed at Christian City in Union City, Ga. where she is Director of the Assisted Living Facility.
Rev. Washington delivered her first official sermon at Bethlehem Baptist Church on April 25, 1999 and was ordained by Pastor Moncrieff on December 10, 2000; she currently serves as the interim Youth Minister.
Rev. Washington has been very busy since her ordination, ministering at weddings, funerals, teaching bible classes, and PRAISING and PREACHING God’s Holy Word. “TO GOD BE THE GLORY” for using Rev. Washington as he does!!!
Rev. Frank Jones joined Bethlehem in 1982 and was soon ordained, in 1986, as a minister. He attended and received a Certificate in Biblical Teaching from Carver Bible College.
Rev. Jones has served as an interim pastor and returned to Bethlehem in 1995 to continue in ministry at Bethlehem.
Rev. Henry L. Moses is married to Sandra Moses. Rev. Moses served as Assistant Superintendent of Sunday School at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Chief Supervisor for Marta for 35 years, and attended Carver Bible Colelge. Rev. Moses also served as Pastor at God's Acre Missionary Baptist Church for three years.
Rev. Moses serves as Associate Minister at Bethlehem Baptist Church. His favorites scripture is II Timothy 2:15, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."