Bethel AME Celebrates Women’s Day

Rev. Kia Granberry

Rev. Francine Brookins

By Post Staff Bethel AME Church in San Francisco will hold its annual celebration of women in the church on Sunday, Aug. 26. This year marks the 160th anniversary of the church, located at 916 Laguna St., and the theme for 2012 Women’s Day is “Women’s Season: Working, Walking and Praising Together.” Guest speakers for the day are Rev. Kia Granberry, director of communications at Mississippi Boulevard Christian, one of the largest and oldest African American multi-site churches in Memphis, Tennessee, who will speak at the 8 a.m. morning service, and  Rev. Francine Brookins, senior pastor of Bethel AME Church in Fontana, CA. , who is speaking at the 11 a.m. service. Rev. Granberry is a minister, community leader and entrepreneur. She was the first woman to preach at a historic church in Memphis founded by slaves. She also became one of the youngest executives for a major nonprofit benefiting troubled youth in foster care. Rev. Brookins is a powerful preacher who is committed to social justice and is an advocate for the marginalized voices in society. In addition to her service to the church, she is an attorney who specializes in mediation, arbitration, and conflict resolution. Rev. Brookins was assigned in 2009 to pastor Bethel AME in Fontana, where she led the congregation in building a new $1.5 million church within two years.  Prior to serving at Bethel, she was pastor for four years at Wright Chapel Church in San Francisco. For information call Bethel AME Church in San Francisco at (415) 921-4935.
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