Bethesda Devotion

Minneapolis proclaimed a day celebrating the Rev. Dr. Arthur Agnew and Bobbie Jean Agnew, honoring their 25 years as pastor and first lady of downtown’s Bethesda Baptist Church which was founded in 1896.

The Rev. Dr. Arthur Agnew is celebrating his 25th pastoral anniversary of leading Bethesda Baptist Church in downtown Minneapolis.

Agnew and his wife, Bobbie Jean Agnew, came to Bethesda in 1992 from Chicago, where he was the head of the Associate Minister’s Training Program at Fellowship Baptist Church. During his 25 years at Bethesda, Agnew founded the Discussions That Encounter, a forum on bridging the racial gap in the area.

Bethesda Baptist Church was founded in 1889 by an escaped former slave. Fallen by fire in 1961, members rebuilt the church, which sits at 1118 S. 8th St. in downtown Minneapolis.

An Army veteran from 1967 - 1971, Agnew holds an honorary doctoral degree from St. Thomas Christian College (Jacksonville, Fla.).

“Celebrating a pastor I have known most of my adult life, and much of my life in the church, is an honor and a blessing,” said the Rev. Keith Hammond of Bethesda Baptist Church. “Agnew has been my pastor, preacher, teacher, counselor, mentor and friend, for 22 years, and I'm honored to know and celebrate him.”

A celebration for the pastor takes place at 5:30 p.m. May 19 at Mermaid Event Center, 2200 Mounds View Blvd., Mounds View. There, Agnew will be presented with a proclamation from Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey noting his 25 years of service and dedication to the community. Frey has declared May 19 Reverend Dr. Arthur Agnew Day in Minneapolis. 

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