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Welcome and thank you for visiting the website of Bethesda Community Baptist Church.
Bethesda Community Baptist Church is a house of hope, healing, mercy, and loving kindness under the leadership of Pastor James N. Preston.  Whether you are a member or visitor, come let us worship together and affirm the supreme “worth-ship” of God who knows us thoroughly, but loves us nonetheless.  Come, let us praise God, confess our sins, seek God’s pardon, receive instruction from God’s written word, and fellowship together in His living word. We hope you will take time to come worship with us at 906 E. Jones Avenue in Phoenix, AZ.

Please take time to view the many resources available to you at our knowledge center, and sign our guest book.

Get Connected…

At BCBC,  our mission is for you to “Find out what God wants YOU to do, and do it”. We want you to grow in your calling and get involved in a ministry that allows you to fulfill your purpose at Bethesda.  We don’t believe in busy work, but active Kingdom building participation, that not only allows you to grow, but God’s body of believers to benefit from your gifting.

Meet Our Pastor

Rev. James N. Preston was born in Pittsburgh, PA and raised and educated in Rochester, N.Y.  He attended Howard University and St. Jon Fisher College, before making the decision to become a Funeral Director/Embalmer.  Pastor Preston graduated from Simmons College of Mortuary Science in Syracuse, New York.  He has been actively involved in funeral service since 1969 and currently owns and operates Preston Funeral Home in Phoenix with his wife Irene.

Rev. Preston moved to Phoenix in 1982, where he accepted his calling to preach the gospel.  On January 6, 1997, Pastor Preston was called to pastor Bethesda Community Baptist Church.  On March 23, 1997 Rev. James Preston, with his wife Irene Preston, was installed as Pastor of Bethesda Community Baptist Church.  In addition to serving in the ministry for over 22 years, Pastor Preston has also conducted grief support groups for over 20 years through his business, and considers it a tremendous blessing from God to have the opportunity to serve in the ministry of bereavement through his business as well.