Special to the Times
|Former Bethel-Blythe pastor, Rev. Cornelius N. Austin, Jr. is the speaker of the hour Sunday, June 8 at 3 p.m. for Bethel A.M.E. Church's 90th Anniversary celebration.|
BLYTHE, Calif. - Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church, 1411 East 14th Avenue, celebrates its 90th year in Blythe Sunday, June 8, beginning at 3 p.m. Former Bethel-Blythe pastor, Rev. Cornelius N. Austin, Jr. is the speaker of the hour. Grandson of Bethel-Blythe founder, Rev. Cornelius Nineveh Austin, Austin was assigned to serve the Lord at Bethel-Blythe n 1984, 60 years after his grandfather.
From a succession of African Methodist ministers, the younger Austin answered the call to ministry in 1972 and began as an ordained Itinerant Deacon in 1974 followed by Itinerant Elder in 1976.
Coming to Blythe after retiring from 22 years of serving in the U.S. Army, Austin stated that serving in Blythe was the best time in his ministry because the people believed in John 13:34-35 and showed that they are Christ Jesus' disciples.
Austin retired from ministry in 2013 after 41 years of service. The father of two children currently lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Austin also has a son-in-law, eight grandchildren, and four and 3/4 great granddaughters, with the 3/4 expected to become one June 13.
Austin looks forward to returning to Blythe to share in its rich history from 290 S. Second Street in Blythe to its current location on East 14th Avenue with former pastors including Reverends David Coston, Emmanuel Wasson, Jr., Robert Cox, James Grant, Sr., Timothy O. Coston, Jr., Villa Willis, Darius Riggins, Steven Atkins, and S.E. Whitney.
Bethel A.M.E. Church's current pastor Rev. Robin C. Allen and congregation invite the entire community and fellow congregations to come, bring an 'A' selection, and celebrate "Rejoicing in the Lord" (Philippians 4:4) this Sunday at 3 p.m.