Who We Are
Our History

In 1889, a group of members of the Mount Zion Second Baptist Church decided to exercise their Baptist rights to organize a church.  They met in Rivers Hall on Marietta Street and with their founder and first pastor, Dr. W.L. Jones, organized the Beulah Baptist Church with 110 members.  This small band of staunch Christians grew spiritually and physically, and in 1889 the Sunday School Department was organized with Brother Isom Henderson as the first superintendent.

Since 1908, the continuous growth of the Beulah Baptist Church has been nurtured by eight able-bodied, divinely-inspired spiritual giants – Rev. C.J. Hardy and Rev. W.M. Ferrell for a total of 5 years, Rev. H.H. Coleman for 5 years, Dr. L.A. Pinkston for 11 1/2 years, Rev. A.G. Davis for 8 years, Rev. L. Juan Burt for 15 years, Pastor Emeritus Rev. W.L. Cottrell, who served 53 years, and Rev. Trina D.  Evans.  The spiritual guidance, dedicated service, divine insight, and visionary ministries of these pastors formed the foundation of the Beulah Church, fostered its many accomplishments, and illuminated its future.

In December, 1942, Rev. L. Juan Burt was called to serve the Beulah Church as its pastor.   He provided 15 years of energetic and dynamic leadership.  During the pastorate of Rev. Burt, the life of Beulah Church was revitalized both spiritually and physically.

The membership grew and was reorganized; the church edifice and parsonage were remodeled; the Sunday School Department reached an all time high; and a formal building fund was instituted, to name a few of the many accomplishments of the Burt years.

Rev. W.L. Cottrell answered the call of the pastorate of the Beulah Baptist Church in February 1958.  Under the dynamic, sane, visionary, and deeply spiritual ministry of Rev. Cottrell.  The Beulah Church has enjoyed an unexcelled period of growth and development.  The Sunday School Department continued to grow.  New ministries were organized, old ministries were revived and expanded to meet the needs of a growing congregation.  In 1963, the first step in a master building plan was begun.  On February 16, 1964, the present sanctuary was dedicated; on November 30, 1975, the Mortgage Burning Ceremony for this contemporary edifice was held; soon after, the building fund for Step Two was started.

This sanctuary of contemporary design, which maintains denominational distinction after 20 years, has been enhanced with the addition of a million- dollar Family Services Center dedicated August 21, 1983. Through this “dream-made-reality” complex Beulah Church will continue to fulfill its mission to make religion a meaningful and enlightening experience.

After 53 years of dedicated service to the Beulah Baptist Church, Rev. W.L. Cottrell, Sr. retired on June 26, 2011 during our annual Family and Friends Day.

On Sunday, July 3, 2011 interim pastor, Rev. Dr. Riggins Earl came to serve one year with the Beulah Baptist Church.

Sunday, November 18, 2012 the announcement was made that the Rev. Trina Denise Evans would serve as Senior Pastor-Elect of the Beulah Baptist Church. On Monday, December 31, 2012, Pastor Evans preached the Watch Night Service and began full pastorship of the Beulah Baptist Church as the first female Pastor.

On Sunday, May 29, 2016 Pastor Vickers was affirmed as the under-shepherd of the historic Beulah Baptist Church of Atlanta. During this new season of excitement and challenge, Rev. Vickers has underscored the longtime focus of the church to be ‘Warmer through Fellowship, Deeper through Discipleship, Stronger through Worship and Larger through Evangelism’. In efforts to make this motto live, Pastor Vickers has begun the work of amplifying the intergenerational Beulah worship experience, emphasizing technological modernization and undergirding the food, clothing, health and housing outreach ministries of Beulah Baptist Church. As lives continue to be saved and the work in this new vineyard continues to unfold, Pastor Vickers firmly holds to the promise of 1 Peter 5:6: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.”



Meet Our Pastor
Eric George Vickers

On Sunday, May 29, 2016, Pastor Vickers was affirmed as the under-shepherd of the historic Beulah Baptist Church of Atlanta. During this new season of excitement and challenge, Rev. Vickers has underscored the longtime focus of the church to be ‘Warmer through Fellowship, Deeper through Discipleship, Stronger through Worship and Larger through Evangelism’. In efforts to make this motto live, Pastor Vickers has begun the work of amplifying the intergenerational Beulah worship experience, emphasizing technological modernization and undergirding the food, clothing, health and housing outreach ministries of Beulah Baptist Church. As lives continue to be saved and the work in this new vineyard continues to unfold, Pastor Vickers firmly holds to the promise of 1 Peter 5:6: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.”


What We Believe


…that Jesus Christ is the Son of God (Luke 22:70)
… in the Holy Trinity (Hebrews 10: 15-16)
… that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, and rose on the 3rd day (Luke 24: 6-8)
… the Bible is the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16)

Church Covenant

Having been led, as we believe by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior and, on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.

We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit to walk together, in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this Church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort: to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.

We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale of, and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage; to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.

We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.

We moreover engage that when we remove from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.