Union Bethel Christian Church (formally)
Union Bethel Independent Methodist Church) had its
origin in the home of one of its members, Sister Lizzie
Barringer, on December 19, 1932. The Reverend W. D.
Hargrove was its founding pastor. Pastor Hargrove
was the first African American “Radio Pastor”
in Alabama and a true humanitarian. The church was
housed in a small wooden framed building located on
Birmingham’s south side. Under Pastor Hargrove’s
leadership, the membership grew and great things were
achieved: young people were encouraged to participate
in youth activities; the junior children’s church
had its beginning and Sunday school and other auxiliaries
were formed. As the church grew, it became evident
that more space was needed.
Reverend Terry L. Lane led the church
in a major renovation project in 1952 and the church
continued to prosper under his administration.
Due to the expansion of The University
of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Hospital, Union Bethel
had to relocate. Under the pastorate of Reverend A.
H. Felder, a new edifice was built in the Mason City
neighborhood of southwest Birmingham, our present
Pastor Kenneth R. Robinson became
the Associate Minister in 1977 after serving as a
steward and deacon. In his youth, Pastor Robinson
began ministering as a Sunday school teacher while
still in high school
After a year of seeking God’s
will through prayer and meditation, Pastor Kenneth
R. Robinson presented his proposal to change the church’s
name from Union Bethel Independent Methodist Church
to its current name Union Bethel Christian Church
to the charter members on June 19, 2004. In July of
2004 the name was voted on and changed.