Our Pastor





The Reverend Richard A. Stenhouse is an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. A Native of Buffalo, NY, he was educated in the Buffalo Public Schools, received a Bachelors of Arts in Mathematics from The State University of New York Buffalo, and a Masters of Divinity from United Theological Seminary.

Reverend Stenhouse began his pastoral ministry in 1982 as pastor of The Bethel AME Church Lackawanna, NY. In August 1984, He became the pastor of the Bethel AME Church, Norwalk, CT.  In June of 1997 he was appointed to the pastorate of the historic Bethel AME Church, Buffalo,NY where he has a twenty year tenure as Senior Pastor. Also Bethel-Buffalo has the distinction of being the oldest African American Congregation in Western New York.

Rev. Stenhouse has served in many capacities both religious and civic. He currently serves as the Presiding Elder of the Buffalo-Rochester District. He also serves the Connectional Church as a Connectional Trustee.

Rev. Stenhouse is married to the former Sharon Davis and has one daughter, Nicole; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.