Sunday morning brought a historic day of service at the Bethel AME Church in Columbia.
The church received their first sermon from Bishop Ronnie Brailsford since his election and consecration service held earlier in the week.
The emotions ran high during the service as those who gathered from across the state joined Brailsford to support his accomplishment.
“It feels great. It feels like a major load has been lifted because we have actually been in this race for 10 years. 2008, 2012, and now 2016. And to finally get to this point where it is behind us, it is exhilarating, I’m excited!” said Brailsford.
It’s being called historic because this year Bethel AME marks their 150th year anniversary and it is also the first time a bishop has been elected from Bethel AME.
“It is very special. The AME church is on 5 different continents, 40 nations and delegates that came from all over the world. There were 30 candidates running and only 6 of us were elected. To be numbered among those 6, it is a real blessing. I count it a blessing” expressed Bishop Brailsford.
Bishop Brailsford is the 33rd Pastor of the Bethel AME church in Columbia.