Pastor Brenda Lewis


Welcome to Bethany Pastor Brenda Lewis!


“To God be the Glory, for the Great Things he has done!”


Greetings to All!

It is with Jesus’ joy, that I join the Pastoral Team of Bethany United Methodist Church, as the Associate Pastor. I look forward to this next season of ministry and appreciate the opportunity to share an overview of my faith journey with you.
I am a native Baltimorean, daughter of Rose Marie Divers and the late Robert L. Divers, Sr., and the eldest of five children. After attending and graduating from Baltimore City Public Schools and the University of Baltimore, I attended the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary. I transferred to the Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, PA, as a full-time student, and received my Master of Divinity Degree on
May 17, 2014.
Having been introduced to God at a very early age by my parents, I became a member of Union Memorial United Methodist Church in 1961 and have been surrounded by a host of awesome Christian teachers and mentors along my Christian journey. I thank God for each of them and for the continuous love of my family and friends. My journey includes fifteen years of marriage to Harry Lewis, being Mom to two adult sons, Donte and Steven, and later being Mom to Jessica and Justin; along with being Grandma to Donte, Jr., Tiquan, Toni and Saxon.
My years of pastoral service include the following blessings: completing the License to Preach School of the Baltimore Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church; serving as Lead Pastor to the Fallston/Federal Hill Charge for seven years; serving the Reisterstown United Methodist Church as Minister of Visitation and later as Assistant Pastor for almost two years; and serving the Newark United Methodist Church as Student Pastor of Outreach and Social Justice for one year. On May 31, 2014, I was blessed to be commissioned as a Provisional Elder of the Baltimore Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church.
My service to God continued with my appointment to the Cokesbury Memorial United Methodist Church in Abingdon, MD on July 1, 2014. In the church’s 232-year history, I was the first African American female Pastor. It is been an honor to serve Cokesbury Memorial as the second full-time Pastor since the congregation’s decision to be a full-time congregation in 2009.
I continue to give God praise, for all that God has done and continues to do in my life. On Thursday, May 31, 2018, I will be ordained a Full-Member of the Baltimore Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church, prior to joining you on July 1st. In this role and in all that I do, I hope to be known as a Child of God and a humble servant. I look forward to getting to know each of you and the opportunity to continue the rich ministry of Bethany United Methodist Church; Together for God…celebrating, serving and growing. My prayer is, as disciples of Jesus Christ, that all may experience the love, hope and peace of the Kingdom of God here on earth, as we transform the world.


Peace and Blessings

Rev. Brenda L. Lewis