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Bethel AME Welcomes New Pastor

On June 14, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church of Westbury welcomed the Rev. Marcus De’Angelo Briddell as pastor. Pastor Briddell replaced Rev. Carlton Gibson, who was elevated by the bishop to a higher position as a presiding elder .

Pastor Briddell was born and raised in Delaware and attended local public schools prior to earning a bachelor of arts degree in social studies education from Delaware State University and a master of divinity degree from Duke University.

 Pastor Briddell has been in the ministry since 1988; his first pastoral assignment was St. James AME Church in Chambersburg, PA, where he served from 2003-2005. Following this charge, the pastor was transferred to St. George’s AME Church in Lewes, DE, where he served from 2005 – 2009 until his transfer to Bethel Westbury. Pastor Briddell plans to further his education by pursuing his doctorate in ministry at Drew University Theological School in Madison, NJ.

At each of his charges, Pastor Briddell was very active in the community as well as the church and has brought many new and exciting ideas. He plans to bring the same level of involvement to Westbury and anticipates a great future for the church.

“I look forward to working with the Bethel parishioners, the Ecclesial, community and civic leadership of Westbury and surrounding vicinities in continuing uplifting the marginalized, less fortunate, and hurting constituents,” said Pastor Briddell. “I strongly aspire to work within the community in providing the holistic healing of God’s people.”