Bethlehem Baptist Church

Peachtree City, Georgia

"A Spirit Filled Church"



Reverend Dwight E. Elder is a native of College Park, Georgia.  He was born to Deacon Alvin and Frances Elder.  He was married to the late Evangelist Annie Elder for 44 years, who was also a native of College Park, Georgia.  He currently resides in Fayetteville, Georgia.


From this union, three children were born:  Dwight, Jr., Angelika and Barbara along with eight grandchildren.


He was educated in the Fulton County School System.  He later attended Atlanta Area Tech where he became an ACS Certified Technician.


At an early age, Reverend Elder attended the Mount Olive Baptist Church, Fayetteville, Georgia.  Years later, he and wife became members of the Valley View Church of God in Christ, Decatur, Georgia where he was a member of the Georgia Mass Choir, served as an Usher, a Deacon, a Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, Central Georgia Assistant Superintendent, and Financial Officer.   Through these duties and his pastor’s mentoring, he found that he really enjoyed teaching God’s people.  One day his faithfulness was rewarded as he was called by God to preach His words.


Rev. Elder accepted his calling where he ministered for 2 years.  He then went before the board and became an ordained Elder to preach the word of God at the Valley View Church of God in Christ, Decatur, Georgia.


In 1999, Reverend Elder was licensed and ordained at the Bethlehem Baptist church where he first served as Assistant Pastor.  In 2002, he was appointed Interim Pastor, and in 2003, he was appointed Senior Pastor of the Bethlehem Baptist Church of Peachtree City, Georgia.


Reverend Elder has been Pastor of the Bethlehem Baptist Church for 17 years.  While ministering, he also teaches Bible Study and Sunday School.  With his shared knowledge and his encouragement for the members to study,  the church continues to be a spiritually healthy congregation.  He also encourages others to discover and use their gifts.  His enthusiasm about this faith, compassion and leadership abilities has helped build a relationship with his members.


Pastor Elder’s most personal quoted scriptures are:


     Psalm 119:11 “Thy words have I hidden in my heart, that I may not sin against thee.”
     Psalm 119:105 “Thy word (is) a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

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Pastor Dwight E. Elder