May 30, 2014
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The Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in Richmond will next week honor its pastor, Rev. Alvin Bernstine, for eight years of service as pastor and 37 years of service in the ministry.

The church at 684 Juliga Woods St. (formerly Erlandson) will hold three services during which Bernstine will be recognized. Dates and times are below.

The Oakland-born reverend has been a pastor for three decades and has a rich history of service to the communities where he has served, according to church officials. While serving as pastor in Nasvhille between 1984 and 1993, he “doubled the ministry budget” and established the first family life center in the city to be operated by a black church. He also helped lead a major restoration project during his tenure at a Brooklyn, NY, church from 1993 to 2006.

“Dr. Bernstine has been given the tremendous honor to serve the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, which represents the primary Christian community in which his family was nurtured,” according to the church. “Currently, he is shaping the vision of ministry around the theme, ‘A Ministry That Saves Lives.'”


Saturday, June 7th at 6:00 PM

An Evening of Worship featuring

Donnell Thomas and Judah Praise,

BMBC Music & Fine Arts Ministry, and

Marvin Webb and Friends


Sunday, June 8th

7:45 AM

Guest Preacher:  Reverend Marcus VanHook, Pastor

Mount Cana Missionary Baptist Church of Richmond

10:45 AM

Guest Preacher:  Reverend Larry Brice, Pastor

People’s Missionary Baptist Church of Oakland



About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.