The Lay Organization of Mother Bethel AME Church is comprised of members of the congregation age 18 and older. The purpose of the Lay Organization is to organize and train the laity of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. It is dedicated to promoting the history, traditions, principals, discipline, evangelistic, financial and general well-being of African Methodism. The Lay is also charged with keeping alive the memory of our founder, Bishop Richard Allen. With respect to the constituted authority, or the pastor, the Lay Organization works to stimulate and educate the entire Laity in the total program of the church. The Lay also studies the book of Discipline and learns the law of the church. It encourages financial support of the church’s programs and teaches stewardship practices to the youth and new members. The Lay also supports various church programs and organizations and gets involved with social action in the church community.
Irene Armstrong - President Lay Organization