Bethel Evangelical Baptist Church started in 1976 when a group of Haitians started to immigrate to Fort Lauderdale, FL. Upon arrival, they could not find a house of worship in Fort Lauderdale in their language. Therefore, the group started meeting for prayer at a founding member’s house on Tuesday nights. As the group started to grow, they later associated with a Haitian church in Pompano Beach, FL for Sunday services and continued to host the Tuesday night prayer meetings in the Fort Lauderdale area. As more immigrants arrived from Haiti, the Fort Lauderdale group grew and needed a place for Sunday services. With the help of the Pompano Mission Church, with the help of pastor Jaques Dumornay the Fort Lauderdale group found a place at First Baptist of Fort Lauderdale, FL to worship. As the Haitian community continued to grow; they were asking God in their prayer for a lead pastor. The Lord sent them Pastor Paul Honore to lead them. The church continued to grow, and the Lord led them to their current campus at 1121 NW 8th Avenue. the church has changed and grown, but God has allowed the church to strive and preach the gospel. God bless Bethel with new sanctuary in 1990, commercial building for expansion and more land to build. Before all this, the church faced many obstacles at their current location, but the Lord remained faithful and bless His church. Pastor Honore led them from 1982 until his retirement 1998.
Pastor Henry Jules became the second pastor of Bethel in January 1998. Under his leadership, Bethel led several mission trips to Haiti, Africa, Dominican Republic and more. He also helped the church purchase and build a new administration building with reception banquet hall. Rev. Henry Jules led the congregation from 1998-2013. Following him, Dr. Patrick Jules, as the current senior pastor of Bethel Evangelical Baptist Church. Dr. Jules is working to grow the ministries for the younger generations. The testimonies of Bethel continues on.