Pastor Angela Kittrell
Angela Shadd Kittrell is a native of Washington, DC and serves Bethel United Methodist Church. She is married to James Kittrell and together they have three children and three grandchildren. Pastor Angela holds a B.A. in English and graduate degrees in reading and education. As well, she has had a long career serving school children and families as a teacher and school administrator. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in divinity and is passionate about serving at Bethel UMC and about the pastorate work that she has been called by God to do.
The Bethel congregation began meeting in 1854 at the old colonial church at Mangohick, King William County. Lead by lifelong friends and neighbors, Robert Sale Peatross and Thomas Price Jackson, neighborhood workmen built the present sanctuary a few miles west, in Caroline County, on the Washington Burgess Route, or present Virginia State Route 30 using brick made nearby and the simple, yet dignified, building was ready for use by the fall of 1854. Except for the dark years of the War Between the States, the congregation has gathered there ever since for worship and fellowship. Read more
What is Methodism?
The United Methodist Church is a Protestant church originating in the mid 18th century. Begun by two brothers, John Wesley and Charles Wesley, the early Methodists focused on the methodical study of the Bible in order to live a holy life. In 1735, Methodism came to America when the Wesley brothers arrived to teach the gospel in Georgia. The American Methodists remained part of the Church of England until the American Revolution when the new sect split from the Anglican Church. "Practical divinity" (putting faith and love into action) continues to be a hallmark of United Methodism today. Read more