OUR PASTOR

Rev. Eddie D. Howard Sr.

Rev. Eddie was born in Indianapolis, Indiana to the late Gus and Lois Irene Howard on July 5, 1965. He is the youngest of seven siblings. Eddie grew up at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church under the new leadership of Rev. Jonathan Baily after the death of Pastor Lawrence Moses. At Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, Eddie sang in the choir and attended Sunday school on a regular basis.  Immediately after high school, Eddie joined the United States Marine Corp. and later the Army National Guard (active duty) as a recruiter and retired after 25 years of service. 

On April 28, 1996, Eddie accepted his calling into the ministry to preach the gospel at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church.  On June 2, 2000, Eddie was ordained at Grace Memorial Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Joseph Tunstill.  Under the leadership of Pastor Tunstill, Eddie became an Associate Minister, sung in the choir, taught Bible study, taught Sunday school, new members class, and oversaw the church in Pastor Tunstill absence. 

In 2008, Eddie returned to school at Indiana Wesleyan University and graduated in 2010, receiving his Associate of Science degree in Christian Ministries. In 2013 he graduated from IWU with a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies.  Then on April 28, 2018 Eddie graduated from Wesley Seminary (IWU) with a Master of Divinity. 

In 2009, the Lord called Eddie and his wife to plant Freewill Christian Ministries Church. In 2013, they opened a summer camp, and in 2014 they started Freewill Little Angels Childcare Ministry.  In 2016 Pastor and his family joined the AME Church.

In 2017, Eddie completed the first unit of the Chaplaincy program (CPE), through IU Health. Then in 2018, he graduated from IU Health completing his four unit of chaplaincy as (first year Residency). Eddie currently works as an Adjunct Chaplain at IU Health.

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OUR CHURCH

Where Christ is Lifted, Needs are Met, and Lives are Changed (Matthew 28:18-20).

 

Bethel is a church seeking to save the lost and giving hope to a transitional multicultural Community.  Letting all people know Jesus Christ is the answer for the world today.

Bethel A.M.E Church is located in downtown Bloomington, right down the street from the Indiana University campus, positioning us perfectly to minister to the needs of both town and gown communities. Our congregation is a diverse group of Bloomington families, professionals, university faculty, staff, and students. We are a church, rich in history, free in worship, and ready to give God all honor, glory and praise. If you are in our area, looking for a church home, or simply wanting to visit; consider Bethel— the house where God dwells.