Rev. Speakes is the current pastor of Bethel AME Church in Lansdowne, PA. She was raised in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and is the daughter of the late Presiding Elder Joseph D. Tull (Delaware Conference).
She has a Masters of Divinity from Palmer Theological Seminary, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, and a Masters in Social Work from Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio.
Prior to her pastoral assignments she was employed at St. Matthew AME Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as the Executive Minister and served in this capacity for six years. Rev. Speakes was the senior pastor of Bethel AME Church in Beverly, New Jersey and Murphy AME Church in Chester, Pennsylvania.
Rev. Speakes has served as Director of Evangelism, Church School Superintendent, Adult Church School Teacher, Bible Study Teacher, Youth Minister, and Vice President of the Lay Organization and a Member of the Street Evangelism Ministry.
Rev. Speakes’ experience in social services as a senior administrator and clinician has given her opportunities to help many people from diverse cultural backgrounds. She has provided individual, couple, family and group counseling for people coping with traumatic life experiences and situations. She was trained in structural family therapy at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic and also completed a field placement at the Children’s’ Hospital of Philadelphia working with families and their ill children. She has delivered services in homes, community centers, churches and on the streets. In whatever setting she provided services, she trusts the Holy Spirit to use her effectively.
Rev. Speakes thoroughly enjoys every opportunity to share the “Good News” of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and has a message of hope and encouragement for everyone. She has the God-given gift to captivate and energize her listeners and actively pursues His instructions to “Go, Teach and Preach.” She has a desire to encourage, motivate and inspire people to live victoriously by trusting and obeying the Word of God.
Fulfilling her purpose to serve God as a preacher, teacher and motivational speaker, Reverend Speakes is available for speaking engagements and workshops upon request. She can be contacted at 215-356-1900 (cell) 215-871-5087 (home).
Rev. Speakes is the mother of two sons and proud Nana of three grandchildren.
Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church - Lansdowne, Pennsylvania