Plan A Visit

You belong at bethany church

No matter what season of life you are in, there is a place for you here! We invite you to come just as you are and discover community.

 

What to expect

We know that showing up anywhere for the first time can be intimidating, but we want you to feel at home from the moment you arrive! As a first-time guest, you will receive a gift bag just for you, and we will tailor your experience based on if you are coming with your family or on your own.

Come as you are! Feel free to wear whatever makes you comfortable. You’ll see suits, jeans & t-shirts, and everything in between.

BCKids

BCKids is available during all of our services for children birth - 5th grade. At BCKids your children will learn who Jesus is and grow in relationship with him, through age-appropriate activities and lessons.

 

Meet The Staff

Beliefs

Learn more about our theology. See how we view God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, the Bible, and the significant aspects of our faith.

For a more detailed explanation of our beliefs and how they are played out, see the Assemblies of God Fundamental Truths and Assemblies of God Positional Statements.

 
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Mission

Our Purpose and Mission
LOVE GOD,  LOVE PEOPLE,  MAKE DISCIPLES,  REACH THE LOST

Great Commandment

Matthew 22:37-39
Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"

Great Commission

Matthew 28:18-20
Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

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History

Over 100 Years

1911

Bethany Pentecostal Church grew out of a house meeting that began in Paterson.

Pictured, Sunday School students stand on the steps of the church’s first building on Pearl Street in the early 1940s.

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1944

Bethany Pentecostal Church moved to the corner of Broadway & Summer Street in Paterson.

The name was officially changed to Bethany Church of the Assemblies of God in 1946.

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1971

Bethany Church moved to a newly-constructed building in Wyckoff.

Pictured, the groundbreaking for a building renovation & expansion project that was completed in 1991.

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1996

The Holy Spirit moved at a Bethany Church youth meeting.

This outpouring sparked a regional revival movement that touched thousands of lives over the next several years.

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2010

Bethany Church planted its first campus location.

Since then, the church has gone on to plant multiple campuses across Northern New Jersey, with the goal of being one dynamic church in multiple locations.

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2012

Bethany planted the Wanaque and Parsippany campuses.

Seeing the success of the Washington Twp campus in the community, Bethany Church expanded its reach by planting two congregations in Passaic and Morris Counties. Continuing the vision of one dynamic church in multiple locations.

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2015

Bethany planted its first Spanish Campus in Union.

What started as a in home Spanish Bible study quickly grew into our first Spanish campus meeting at a local church in Union.

 
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2018

The Bethany Community Center opened in Washington Township.

With its opening, the church adopted a new paradigm of ministry for the region, creating more opportunities to reach the local community with the love of Christ.

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2020

John James becomes the 9th Senior Pastor.

Pastor John and Susie continue the legacy set by his father Don James. Pastor John’s heart is to bring practical teaching that equips, leadership that empowers, and casts a vision that moves God’s Kingdom forward.

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2023

Bethany is returning to where it all started, Paterson, NJ.

Launching two campuses, an English and Spanish congregation, that will meet in the International High school. Bring resources and hope back into the city.

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The best is yet to come...