Meet Our Pastor!

Greetings in Jesus' Name!

I am so excited to welcome you to the online presence of Bethel A.M.E. Church in Plainfield, IN - or Bethel, Plainfield as we are lovingly called. I am so grateful that you are here! I pray that you will see something that sparks a connection between you and our congregation. We'd love to see you and welcome you at an event or during worship or bible study. Reach out to me at and scroll below to learn more about me. I'd love to learn about you too!


Pastor Mike

Rev. Michael Jefferson, Pastor

Pastor Michael Jefferson (or Pastor Mike) is a preaching, teaching, scientist who is passionate about delivering justice through religion, education, and science. Michael graduated from Florida A&M University in 2013 with a B.S. in Environmental Science and from Indiana University in 2019 with dual Master of Public Affairs-Master of Science in Environmental Science. Prior to returning to the university setting, he was a 2014 Teach For America Corps member, teaching chemistry in Byhalia, MS and Memphis, TN.

Michael was appointed to Bethel A.M.E. Church in Plainfield, IN in August 2019. He returned with his first full appointment in September 2019. He is also a second-year Master of Divinity student at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN. He is an elected Itinerant Deacon in the Class on Third Year Studies in the Indiana Annual Conference Board of Examiners.

Michael is also in his third year as the Secretary-Statistician of the Sacred Soaring South District of the Indiana Conference, where he provides leadership in programming, strategy, and logistics in supporting Presiding Elder Elaine Gordon. He holds several roles in the Indiana Annual Conference as the chairperson of the Ecology, Temperance, and Health Committee, Indiana Annual Conference Young Adult Ministries Coordinator, and the Indiana Conference President of the Young Adult Network.

He is a native of Indianapolis, the eldest of four, a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and is a member of the Indiana Chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy. Learn more about Pastor Michael at his website: