A memorial service for Dr. T. Allen Bethel, a longtime Portland pastor and civil rights leader, will be held Wednesday.
The celebration of life and legacy for the reverend, who pastored Northeast Portland’s Maranatha Church for 26 years, will be streamed online beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Bethel was hailed by the Skanner News as “one of the most influential civil rights leaders in Portland history.” And Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said he “was a strong and eloquent voice in Portland who brought grace and wisdom in his work for justice and a stronger community.”https://0ce2f82aeb596865066f6896ac139e9f.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html
He most recently held the title of pastor emeritus at his Sabin neighborhood church. He was also president of the Albina Ministerial Alliance, which works to assure oversight of the Portland Police Bureau.
Throughout his career, Bethel served on the boards of the Oregon League of Minority Voters, Portland Parks & Recreation and TriMet, among others. He also pastored churches in Boston and Kansas.
Bethel died Dec. 20, according to his obituary. The cause wasn’t disclosed. He was 67.