CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY

BETHEL
METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH

 

The following is derived from
George Reeser Prowell's
History of Camden County, New Jersey
published in 1886

BETHEL METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH is situated on Maple Street, below Ferry Avenue. This congregation originated from a small Sunday school and series of prayer meetings which were held in the house of John Morris, on South Street, in 1863, and in a tent which was put up on the site where the present church has been built. In 1864 sufficient money was collected to enable the young congregation to purchase this small lot and build a one-story frame church. The builder, Adam Sparrow, completed it in 1864.  It was dedicated the same year, Bishop Campbell officiating at the dedicatory services. The Rev. John Boyer was the first pastor, and the congregation increased under his ministry, as also the Sunday school under the superintendence of James Dicks. The ministers who have served here in succession since the time of organization have been Rev. John Boyer, Elders Watson, Cooper, Sluby, Garrison, Turner, William, Sturgis and Mills, Rev. John Whitecar and Rev. Josiah Smith, the present pastor. The church now has eighty communicants; the Sunday school has forty-two members. Daniel Emmons is the superintendent..  

 

Maple Avenue, where the church was located in when Prowell authored his book in the mid-1880s, was renamed South 10th Street shortly thereafter, almost simultaneously with the publication of the 1884 City Directory. The present building had been erected by the time the 1890-1891 City Directory was published.

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