Second African Methodist Episcopal Church
REVEREND CAROLYN BASKIN-BELL, Senior Pastor
Second African Methodist Episcopal Church of Los
On October 25, 2015, theReverend Carolyn Baskin-Bell was appointed the Pastor of the 108 year old
Second African Methodist Episcopal Church by the Right Reverend T. Larry
Kirkland, Presiding Prelate of the Fifth Episcopal District.
Carolyn Baskin-Bell is described as a faithful, fruitful and favored woman of
God. She previously served as the Pastor of the Rose of Sharon AME Church in
Bellflower, California. In June of 2006,
Reverend Bell pursued the call and vision to plant the Rose of Sharon African
Methodist Episcopal Church which blossomed into a safe haven for individuals
seeking the sweet fragrance of Jesus Christ. Prior
to church planting, Reverend Baskin-Bell was a member of Grant AME in Los
Angeles for 23 years. At Grant, she served as an associate minister for 10
years. Her ministry primarily focused on
the spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional state of women. She has fostered workshops and conferences
designed to empower women and men in all aspects of their lives. Reverend
Baskin-Bell’s ministry has granted her opportunities to preach, present and
participate in pulpits and venues throughout the United States and Africa. Reverend
Baskin-Bell presently serves as President of Fifth District AME Women in
Ministry. She is also an instructor for
the Southern California Conference Board of Examiners.
She is retired from Los Angeles County
of Education where she served as a
Speech Language Pathologist for 30 years in the capacity of Mentor and advocate
for special needs students.
Reverend Baskin-Bell holds a Master of
Divinity from Claremont School of Theology; Master of Arts in School
Management, University of LaVerne; Master of Arts, Communication Disorders, University
of California at Long Beach; Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders,
Some of her honors include: 2013 Pastor
of Year-RevSisters Gathering of LA; The Jarena Lee Sister’s Achievement Award
in Ministry; Top Ladies of Distinction Woman of Excellence Award; Southern
California Conference AME Women in Ministry Exceptional Leadership Award; City
of Los Angeles Mayor’s Award for Service to Women in Transition; and the Los
Angeles City Council Eighth District Award for Community Service. She was made a member of Delta Sigma Theta
Inc. through the South Bay Alumni Chapter of Long Beach, California.
She is married to Larry Bell, her soul
mate of 32 years. They are the proud
parents of two daughters, Larissa and Carmena..
Reverend Baskin-Bell possesses a
passion for people and desires to make a difference in the lives of those she
encounters. She proclaims that all that
she is and will be is according to God’s amazing grace.