Dr. Roderick R. Caesar is the Overseer of the Bethel Gospel Tabernacle (BGT). He is the son of Bethel’s founders, Bishop Roderick R. Caesar, Sr. and Gertrude Brown Caesar. For 10 years he served as Pastor of Calvary Full Gospel Church in Woodside, Queens, a branch church of BGT. Upon the passing of his mother, who was then Assistant Pastor of Bethel, the executive board unanimously named him the new Assistant Pastor. In that capacity he served for seven years, assisting his father in ministry.
In 1984, Bishop Sr., a wise man, followed the promptings of the Holy Spirit and put his son in place as Senior Pastor; relinquishing his position, passing the mantle to his progeny. In November 1994, under the mentoring of his father, Roderick was consecrated to the office of Bishop, becoming overseer of Bethel Gospel Tabernacle Fellowship International. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northgate Bible College and Logos Bible College, as well as a formal theological education at Zion and Bethel Bible institutes. BGT has been a mission-driven church for over 40 years and currently has mission outreaches locally, nationally and internationally.
Bishop Caesar not only shepherds a congregation of 2,000 members, he is the overseer of five branch churches, including a thriving church in Haiti. With vision and keen intelligence, he is building a strong church and molding a future for Bethel. He is the president of Bethel’s 70-year-old Bible Institute and is on the board of Logos Bible College and Graduate School. He serves on the Mens Discipleship Network and on the Legacy Minded Men’s Ministry. His daily radio broadcast can be heard on WMCA 570AM at 8:45a. He oversees a thriving summer camp in the catskill mountains - Camp Joharie.
Bishop Caesar earned a Doctorate of Divinity in November 1994, from Vision Christian College. He is also listed in the world-wide registry of Who’s Who. Bethel’s media ministry has greatly expanded under his direction.
With Bishop Caesar’s “eagle eye,” intelligence and proven acumen, Bethel Gospel Tabernacle will always be committed to the great task of establishing the purpose of the church in the community and winning souls to Christ. It is with this God-given insight that he is preparing his son, Roderick Caesar lll to be the future senior pastor of BGT.
Bethel Gospel Tabernacle, under the visionary guidance of Dr. Caesar, will continue to soar to higher heights and deeper depths in God; to greater accomplishments with the same perseverance, grace and strength of the eagle. Dr. Caesar lives in Hollis, Queens, with his wife, Beverly. They have four children and two granddaughters.