Second African Methodist Episcopal Church

"Second to None in Christ"



Second African Methodist Episcopal Church of Los Angeles


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.

IMG_4630Reverend 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, Chapman University.


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.


"It's A New Season!"

Psalm 106