Bethesda's official members consisted of its Founding Pastor and his family: Bishop Stewart Reese, Jr. (formerly Elder Stewart Reese, Jr.), Lady Navoria, and their children, Stewart III (now Elder and Pastor), Lavoria Denise (now Evangelist Lavoria D. Reese), Bernard Isaiah (remained in Seattle during the beginning stages of Bethesda and now deceased), Norman Elton (now deceased), and Bernita Ann.
In June of 1971, Urban Renewal forced Pastor Reese
and congregation to relocate to 180 Pine Street, N.E., across from the Atlanta Civic Center
Through dedication, consecration, prayer and fasting, God set His
approval upon Elder and Sister Reese and their ministry.
The Lord is Faithful and through the devotion of our Founders, Suffragan Bishop Stewart Reese, Jr. and Lady Navoria Reese, the congregation of Bethesda has flourished and continues to be anointed.
Bishop Stewart Reese, Jr. has consistently been recognized and honored throughout the community.
Still, it takes a dedicated and spiritual man of God to follow the leading of God's Spirit.
After experiencing numerous health challenges, Bishop Reese retired from his position as Pastor.
In the spring of 2011 Bishop Reese
son, Elder Stewart Reese, III as Pastor of Bethesda Cathedral of the Apostolic Faith, Inc.
Under the leadership of Pastor Reese
began Live Streaming during Watch Night Service December 31, 2013.
In 2014 Pastor Reese
was instrumental in the success of the Easter Egg Community Extravaganza, Striving for Excellence Conference, the Fall Festival and Hallowed Night of Praise, and the Toys for Tots Campaign.