Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church is celebrating Founders Day and Black History at 4 p.m. Sunday.
The Right Rev. Julius H. McAllister, presiding bishop of the Eighth Episcopal District African Methodist Episcopal Church, will serve as guest preacher. The Eighth Episcopal District comprises AME churches in Louisiana and Mississippi.
He was serving as president of the Council of Bishops when nine people were shot and killed at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, also known as Mother Emanuel, in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17, 2015.
McAllister and Supervisor Joan M. McAllister helped secure more than $250,000 for the community and Southern Mississippi after the flood of August 2016.
Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church is one of the oldest African American congregations in South Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish and Louisiana. The church is at 1358 South Blvd.