Bethel AME – Fontana

L.A. Native Francine Brookins Elected 141st AME Bishop

The Rev. Francine A. Brookins, Esq., was elected as the 141st bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church during the denomination’s 51st Quadrennial Session of the General Conference held July 6 -10 in Orlando, Florida. Brookins, the pastor of Bethel AME Church in Fontana, is the fifth woman to be elected to the AME episcopal level. She follows in the footsteps of her late father, the Right Rev. H. Hartford Brookins, who served decades as a AME bishop and became internationally known as a civil and human rights advocate. Bishop Francine Brookins has been assigned as the presiding prelate of