Little Bethel Baptist Church was founded in 1866 and was the center of the Black community in Oakland. Some of the founding families were: Robert Edward, Juby Godwin, Callon Hall, George Hall, L. R. Hargraves, Parker Hawkins, Charlie Hines, Andrew Williams and Emmanuel Wrench, assisted by Reverend Reid. It was the gathering place for worship and praise to the Lord Jesus Christ; a place where family members took time to create friendships, catch up on the community news and time to visit with neighbors and be neighborly. Today, Little Bethel Baptist Church is a thriving modernized place of worship. The pastor in 2011 was Reverend Bernard Thomas.