Who We Are

About Us

The Bethel Community Transformation Center (BCTC) is a coalition of local clergy, community leaders, visionaries and builders. We believe in the healing power of reconciliation to build community and unity of purpose between people of diverse races, religions, ages, and geographies.

Our Leader and Staff

Aramis D. Hinds, a native Detroiter, has served as the Lead Pastor and visionary; at Breakers Covenant Church International since 2002. His earnest desire is to see the love of Jesus Christ penetrate the heart and transform the lives of people all over the world. Aramis enjoys reading, singing, listening to music, coaching basketball and spending quality time with his amazing family.

  • Aramis D. Hinds, Sr.

    Executive Director

  • Tyreka McLean

    Facilities Manager

  • Allena Williams

    Program Manager

  • Chantel Hicks

    Chief Financial Officer

Taking Action Towards Healing

What We Do

Hear from just a few of the people who are helping build the Bethel Community Transformation Center and making its vision a reality.

Take a tour of the building and learn more about the vision of healing and reconciliation with our Executive Director, Pastor Aramis D. Hinds.

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Hear from Gerald McLean, Music Minister at Breakers Covenant Church International at BCTC. He believes in the possibilities and promise of transforming this space and his community – through music.

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Apostle Edwin Lindsey, who leads Breakers Covenant Church’s care ministry, was on the streets of Detroit in 1967 and remembers the deep tensions. Listen to him speak about his hopes for healing and reconciliation at BCTC:

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When the BCTC team first set out on this journey, we came across an amazing thing at the Rabbi Leo M. Franklin Archive at Temple Beth El: a woman who had nearly the same vision as us, 50 years earlier! Meet Dr. Marilyn Heins, now 86 years old:

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A Place for All People

Our Vision

We are going to rebuild the historic Temple Beth El building at Woodward and Gladstone in Detroit. We envision a four-phase renovation process beginning in Summer, 2017 and covering all of the different areas of the building. Our initial fundraising campaign will enable us to reach the short-term objectives stated above and transform this vision into a construction plan with an architectural firm and general contractors. Scroll to bottom of site to download our Vision Document!

  • Phase 1

  • Phase 2

  • Phase 3

  • Phase 4

Latest News

Our Blog

Breakers Covenant Church International Receives National Grant Funding Of $250,000

Breakers Covenant Church International has received $250,000.00 from the National Fund for Sacred Places, a program of Partners for Sacred Places in collaboration with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  This funding will support our 18 month renovation project. The NFSP grant will allow us to begin our project to repair crucial areas of the

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A Message to our Backers

Dear backers and supporters, On behalf of the entire BCTC Board, I would like to offer my sincere thanks to you for stepping up to support our BCTC Kickstarter campaign aimed at starting the restoration of the former Historic Temple Beth El and also the restoration of lives and people. It has been an exciting

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Front and Center.

This post originally appeared on our 2017 Kickstarter campaign. Dear Backers, I’m excited to share that yesterday our story was on the front page of the Detroit News – Detroit’s second-largest newspaper (and the 10th most-read newspaper website in the United States!) The word is getting out about what we’re doing together. At the same time,

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Press Coverage

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Contact Us


    Call us: (313) 818-3259
    visit us: 8801 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI, 48202