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|Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
Rev. Richard Allen Stenhouse is an Ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. A native of
Buffalo, New York, he was educated in the Buffalo Public Schools, received a BS degree in Mathematics from the State
University of New York at Buffalo, and Masters of Divinity from United Theological Seminary, here in Western New York.
Rev. Stenhouse began his Pastoral Ministry in 1982 as Pastor of Bethel AME Church, in Lackawanna, NY, where he served
two years. He led the congregation in purchasing and renovating its present location at 21 Steelawanna Avenue. In August
1984, he assumed the Pastorate of Bethel A. M. E. Church in Norwalk, Connecticut,after being appointed by Bishop Richard
Allen Hildebrand. In June 1997, Bishop Phillip R. Cousin appointed him to the Pastorate of historic Bethel AME Church in
Buffalo, New York.
As pastor of Bethel-Buffalo, Rev. Stenhouse was the Executive Director of Bethel Head Start, the longest running and largest
Head Start program in Western New York.
Under His leadership, Bethel Church formed the Bethel Community Development Corporation through a ten thousand dollar
($10,000) grant from the Chase Manhattan Foundation. The CDC was successful in securing a fifty thousand dollar ($50,000)
grant from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), as well as an executive from the City of Buffalo to work for the
Bethel CDC, and a one million, five hundred thousand dollar ($1.5 million), three year grant from Fleet Bank and LISC.
Over the past sixteen (16) years, Rev. Stenhouse has led Bethel CDC in constructing twenty-five (25) single family homes in
the Cold Spring area of Buffalo for low-moderate income families. In partnership with Belmont Shelter Corp., the following
projects were completed: twenty-nine (29) rent to own houses, the renovation of a five bedroom house, a strip mall housing
four businesses, a day care facility housing four Head Start classrooms and the purchase of two structures, 1461 Main Street
and 1487 Jefferson in Buffalo that housed Bethel Head Start administrative offices and Head Start classrooms with a value of
$700,000. Bethel CDC has received a $700,000 grant from New York State to renovate the unfinished side of building at
1461 Main Street. Bethel CDC has property holdings of $4.7 million dollars.
Rev. Stenhouse is President and a founding member of the Buffalo Jeremiah Partnership, a historic partnership of eight (8)
faith-based institutions on the East Side of Buffalo. Founded in 2003, this partnership addresses the housing, economic
development and educational needs of the East Side of Buffalo.
In September 2003, Reverend Stenhouse was appointed to the Board of Regents of Canisius College where he has served
two 3 year terms and the Community Advisory Committee of Buffalo State where he served 6 years. He currently serves
on the Board of Directors of LEWAC Associates of WNY Inc. and previously served on the Board of Directors of Housing
Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) of Buffalo.
Rev. Stenhouse is married to the former Sharon Davis and is the son of the late Edward and Thelma Stenhouse, who were
founding members of Agape A.M.E. Church in Buffalo, NY. He a Father, Grandfather, and Great Grandfather.