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"


Welcome to Bethesda

I count it an honor to welcome you to the Bethesda Baptist Church of New Rochelle. We are using the Internet to reach beyond the four walls of our church building to communicate the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to many who will not have the opportunity to fellowship with us personally here at the church. You are invited to join with us on any given Sunday morning and/or on Wednesday evenings for Bible Study, as we seek to deepen our relationship with God through worship and Bible Study. We look forward to worshiping with you, to getting to know you and to praying for you and to doing all that is humanly possible for you in helping you grow intimately with God.

Dr. Allen Paul Weaver, Jr., Senior Pastor

Bethesda Baptist Church of New Rochelle

Our 2016 Annual Theme

"Who Is This Man Called Jesus"

Background Scripture Texts:


"When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, 'whom do men say that I the Son of man am?' And they said, 'Some say that Thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias: and other, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.' He saith unto them, 'But whom say ye that I am?' And Simon Peter answered and said, 'Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God.'  And Jesus answered and said unto him, 'Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.'"

Matthew 16:13-17


Musings to Think About


I've been asking myself, "Do I really know this man called Jesus?" A strange question for a preacher who has been preaching for over fifty years to ask, isn't it? And yet, I ask it in all sincerity, because knowing Jesus intimately continues to be my number one desire and pursuit. I share the sentiment of the Apostle Paul when he wrote: "That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death...."(Philippians 3:10) I believe one will spend a lifetime getting to know the man called Jesus. As you read His life story as recorded by the Gospel writers, you soon discover the pockets of intrigue, the unexcavated trues still hidden in the living narratives.


I confess much of my knowledge of Jesus comes from traditions handed down through the years by my ancestors. Some of my knowledge of Jesus took shape wrapped in the cultural norms of my times. Many erroneous things I learned about Jesus were misguided, taught me by those who were themselves mis-taught by their ancestors. Calling ourselves Christians because of the traditions we inherited, without going to the source of all true knowledge of Jesus, the Gospels, leaves us in dire straits without a sense of clear understanding of what it means to be a Christian.


This year, our textbook will be the Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Our intention is to re-acquaint our people with Jesus, to debunk the myths we tote around and impart to others about Him, and to come to know Him more intimately.


The question: "Who is this man called Jesus?" ought to captivate your imagination and stir up your interest so much that you will embark upon this year-long journey with us, exploring, discovering, learning, and embracing the Biblical view of Jesus.



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


Everyone is welcomed!

8:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Bible Study

9:30 a.m. Morning Worship


71 Lincoln Avenue

New Rochelle, NY 10801


(914) 632-6713 - Office

(914) 632-4501 - Fax

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