Bethel Baptist Church's Timeline 1976 Bethel Baptist Church begins with a few families in Richmond Hill, GA under Rev. J. Carswell Miligan. 1977 In March 1977, Rev. Milligan resigned from the pastorate, and in June Bethel Baptist Church is officially organized with approximately 35 people. Bro. William N. Sheppard becomes the Pastor. 1981 In July, 1981 Pastor Sheppard resigns. In October Carlton Cooper accepts the call to be the Pastor of Bethel Baptist Church. Over the next 30 year, Bethel experiences significant growth. 2015 In late July of 2015, Pastor Carlton Cooper goes home to be with the Lord. In November, Bethel Baptist Church extends the call to Brian Cooper to become the Pastor. 2016 In January 2016, Brian Cooper became the Pastor of Bethel Baptist Church Church.