The Reverend Dr. Michael E. Bell, Sr. is the Pastor of Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, in Southeast, Washington, D.C. He is married to Lena Michelle Bell and is the father of Michael Jr., Kristen Nicole and Dominique Emanuel.
Rev. Bell is a 1984 graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. He was awarded a Master of Divinity Degree in 1995 from Howard University, School of Divinity. Rev. Bell continued his post-graduate work at the Interdenominational Center, Atlanta, Georgia and the Houston School of Theology, Houston, Texas. Dr. Bell received his Doctorate of Ministry from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University located in Dallas, Texas. He was selected as one of the “Outstanding Young Men of America” in 1998.
Pastor Bell, a 3rd generation preacher, was called to preach in 1985, while a member of Bethel AME Church, Baltimore, Maryland, where Bishop John R. Bryant served as pastor. Rev. Bell was actively involved in Bethel’s Ministry. He served in the Men’s Fellowship and was a Bible Study Teacher. His first pastoral assignment was at Bazil AME Church, Cockeysville, Maryland. Pastor Bell received three additional assignments before being assigned to pastor the people of Allen. In July 2005, Bishop Adam Jefferson Richardson, Jr. assigned Pastor Bell to Allen Chapel AME Church.
Pastor Bell is a community activist and is committed to a philosophy that the church should be actively involved in shaping the community and servicing its residents. In Baltimore, he served as a member of Project Raise, a mentoring program designed to focus on the needs of at-risk inner city youth. In Cockeysville, he served as a member on the Board of Directors at Shepherd Pratt Hospital. While at Shiloh AME Church in Galveston, Texas, he served as a member of the Advisory Board for School Improvement; the Steering Committee for the Champion of Children; a Board Member for Paradigm Bank; and was elected to the Galveston Independent School District Board of Trustees.
While at his charges in Texas, Pastor Bell served the AME Church as co-chair of the Board of Examiners Texas Conference of the Tenth Episcopal District, the Chair of the Board of Examiners for the North Texas Conference. He also served on the General Board of the Tenth Episcopal District. As a member of the Second Episcopal District, Pastor Bell serves on the Board of Examiners and as a Trustee of the Washington Annual Conference.
Pastor Bell is an anointed preacher. His gifted style of preaching has taken him across the United States, Bermuda, and Africa. He has also preached to the U. S. Armed Forces, and on television and radio.
Since coming to Allen, Pastor Bell has established new ministries and commissions. Several of the new ministries assist the local community. They include a Youth Summer Jobs Program that employs youth who are members of the church who live in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. In the summer of 2007, Allen was a host church and work site for the DC 2007 Youth Summer Jobs Program. The 2007 Youth Summer Jobs Program was featured in the Washington Post as a model for other youth programs. He established a Ministry of Helps which provides assistance for those in the church and community who need assistance with food and shelter.
He takes the Church to the neighborhoods where Summer Praise Block Parties are held. The E-Team (Evangelism and Outreach Ministry), goes into communities to take the message of Love, Hope, Peace, and Joy.
Rev. Bell has a compassion for meeting the needs of the church membership. Children’s Youth, and Young Adult Ministries, Men’s and Women’s Ministries have taken on a “new look”. A Singles’ Ministry has been established. The Sanctuary Choir was organized to continue and maintain the heritage and legacy of traditional church music, such as hymns, anthems, and spirituals. A Deaf Ministry was commissioned to teach and provide a language to meet the special needs of worshippers and is included in the worship services. He has brought a unique worship experience of music, preaching and teaching to the Allen Family. Each Sunday, worship services explode under the anointing of Almighty God.
Pastor Bell humbly gives thanks and honor to God and His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for all that he is or ever hopes to be. Under the leadership of Pastor Bell, “A Vision of Victory” is in view, A City of Allen is just over the horizon.
His Pastoral Charges have been:
Bazil AME Church
Cockeysville , MD
Bethel AME Church
Centerville , MD
Shiloh AME Church
Galveston , TX
St. Paul AME Church
Dallas , TX
Rev. Dr. Bell has preached across America and in the following countries of South Africa and Bermuda and has preached nationally on various television and radio stations and for the Armed Forces. He was selected as one of the “Outstanding Young Men of America” for 1998.