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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, the father of Michael Jr., Kristen Nicole and Dominique Emanuel. He is also the proud grandfather of four boys and one girl.

Rev. Bell began his undergraduate schooling at the University of Maryland, College Park where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology in 1984. He continued on to receive a Master of Divinity Degree from Howard University, School of Divinity in 1995. Rev. Bell went on to do post-graduate work at the Interdenominational Center in Atlanta, Georgia and the Houston School of Theology in 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. His first pastoral assignment was at Bazil A.M.E. Church, in Cockeysville, Maryland. Pastor Bell received three additional assignments before being assigned as pastor of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, in July 2005, by Bishop Adam Jefferson Richardson, Jr.

Pastor Bell is an anointed preacher, whose gifted style of preaching has taken him across the United States, Bermuda, and Africa. On April 4, 2010, Pastor Bell had the honor of preaching before the 44th President of the United States, President Barack Obama and his family, when they worshipped at Allen Chapel for Resurrection Sunday.

Since coming to Allen, Pastor Bell has established new ministries and commissions, many of which were distinctly designed to fit the needs of the community. Pastor Bell saw a need to provide assistance to people in the church and community in need of food, shelter, counsel, and financial assistance, so he worked with members of Allen to establish a Ministry of Help. A Youth Summer Jobs Program that employs youth, who are members of the Allen, living in DC, Maryland, and Virginia, was brought to Allen in 2007. Rev. Bell has taken the church from within the walls of Allen 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. Due to his community commitments throughout the district, The Capitol newspaper, a local Washington, DC newspaper, recently recognized Rev. Bell as 2013’s “Man of the Year”.


Pastor Bell saw a “Vision of Victory” for the city of Allen. In 2006 Pastor Bell established a non-profit organization and dubbed it “Vision of Victory.” In March 2013 he saw the beginnings of his vision unfold. On March 10, 2013, Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, Vision of Victory and other partners cut the ribbon on The Roundtree Residences, a $16 million senior living affordable housing project, named in honor of the legendary Dovey Roundtree. This project put 91 affordable housing units back into Washington, D.C., a city, which has now become one of the most expensive cities in America. This project was a major accomplishment for the Allen Church family as well as a major necessity in the southeast Washington, D.C. community.

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. Rev. Michael Bell Sr. is just at the starting point of all the visions God has placed in his heart.

His Pastoral Charges

Bazil AME Church
Cockeysville, MD

Bethel AME Church
Centerville, MD

Shiloh AME Church
Galveston, TX

St. Paul AME Church
Dallas, TX