Bethesda Baptist Church of New Rochelle

The Oldest African-American Baptist Church in Lower Westchester County

Founded July 1888

"The Church With The Healing Touch"



Bethesda Baptist Church of New Rochelle

71 Lincoln Avenue

New Rochelle, New York 10801

‚ÄčPastor's Biography THE REVEREND DR. ALLEN PAUL WEAVER, JR., D. MIN. Reverend Dr. Allen Paul Weaver, Jr. pastors the historic Bethesda Baptist Church of New Rochelle, founded in July 1888, the oldest African-American Baptist Church in lower Westchester. Since coming to the New Rochelle community in July 1980 Dr. Weaver has consistently demonstrated his love of Christ, his love of Christ's people and his love of the surrounding communities. During his formative years as Bethesda's new pastor he instituted many social programs to address the needs of the area where the church is located. He sought to lead the church in addressing the needs of hunger within the community through the Lad's Lunch Ministry, where they fed weekly over 100 persons for the first twenty-five years of his ministry. He led the church in addressing the issue of the lack of clothing of the people within the area through the Helping Hand Ministry, where the church provided clothing for the neighborhood. Within the first five years of his pastorship he led the church in purchasing the building on the corner of Lincoln and Brook. Being the innovator that he is, he also sought to enhance the church's worship facilities. Over the past 34 years the church made over a million dollars of improvement of all the property she owns. Presently, the church owns all the property from her parking lot to the corner of Lincoln and Brook Street. He also led the church in building a 3.2 million dollar Family Life Center. It was dedicated in July 2008 in conjunction with the Church's 120th Anniversary. Pastor Weaver believes in teaching, training, and preparing believers to live a more productive Christian life. He is an advocate for intense Bible study, for workshops on Prayer and for encouraging the people to become all that God intends for them to be. At seventeen young Mr. Weaver accepted the call to the ministry. His preaching career spans more than forty-five years. He is a native of Orlando, Florida and a product of the school system of Orange County. He is a 1969 graduate from Florida Memorial University with a B.S. degree in Religious Education. He is a 1972 graduate of Colgate-Rochester/Bexley Hall/Crozer Divinity in Rochester New York with a Masters of Divinity degree with a concentration in Christian Ethics. He is a 1994 graduate of United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio with a Doctor of Ministry degree. Not only has Reverend Weaver been active within the Church, he also taught as an Adjunct Professor at Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida, New York Theological Seminary in New York City and Alliance Seminary in Nyack, New York. He has taught on the state and national level in the Congress of Christian Education. He has traveled throughout the Northeast and Midwest conducting workshops and seminars. For two year in the seventies he served as Minister of Stewardship and Mission Support of the American Baptist Churches of the South, traveling throughout a sixteen state region conducting Stewardship Campaigns in the local church. Dr. Weaver has served as President of the prestigious Baptist Ministers Conference of Greater New York and Vicinity, the New Rochelle Branch of the NAACP, and the Pastors' Interdenominational Council of New Rochelle. Demonstrating his love for missions, Dr. Weaver served as a member of the 1987 Preaching Team (to over nine countries in Africa) of the Foreign Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Baptist Convention, Inc., past Chairman of the Ordination Commission of the United Missionary Baptist Association, where he still serves as a Catechist. In the last thirty-two years he has personally prepared over one hundred preachers for ordination. In April 2006, The International Board of Preachers of Morehouse College inducted him into the Martin Luther King, Jr., International Board of Preachers. He is also a Fellow of the Distinguished Oxford Round-table of Oxford, England. Dr. Weaver is married to Nettie Jean Love Weaver and they have two sons, Reverend Allen Paul Weaver, III and Cyrus-Charles Weaver, and a daughter-in-law, Ijnanya Shipman-Weaver and one grandson, Noble Xavier Weaver.

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Bethesda exists to glorify God by reaching, teaching, and motivating people to become genuine followers of Jesus Christ.


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8:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Bible Study

9:30 a.m. Morning Worship


71 Lincoln Avenue

New Rochelle, NY 10801


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