GTHBA History

Mission of the Gedame Tekle Haymanot Bible Association

I. Spreading the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ as adapted by the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church.

II. Charity for the needy

Gedame Tekle Haymanot Bible Association was established in 1991 in Silver Spring, Maryland at the residence of Rev. Dr. Amare Kassaye. In 1993, the Gedame Tekle Haymanot bible association was incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia as a non-profit association.

GTH has been conducting weekly bible studies three times a week since its inception. Gedame Tekle Haymanot has started a weekly radio broadcast in the Washington DC area to reach those who don’t get a chance to attend the weekly bible studies.

Several charity works has been conducted for years here in USA, Ethiopia, and at the refugee camps in Kenya. For Example, Gedame Tekle Haymanot’s emergency hunger relief fund for the 1998 Ethiopian famine was one of the most successful charity efforts done by this Bible Association. The Bible Association has brought together several Ethiopian Orthodox Tewhahedo Churches in the North America. Over $400,000 was raised for the famine victims.

Gedame Tekle Haymanot was transformed to be an umbrella organization for all member churches in the Washington Metropolitan area. GTH organizes Meskel/Demera & Timket festivals, twice every year. All Ethiopian Orthodox church members gather in one place to celebrate these two Holidays with Harmony.

GTH’s Head quarter is located at 1350 Buchanan St .NW Washington DC 20011 in the premises of Debre Selam Kidist Mariam church. Weekly bible study programs are conducted in the sanctuary of DSKM church on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7 –8:30pm. If you have any suggestion or interested to become a member, Please call us at 202-726-4117 or visit the GTH office in person.

Saint Tekle Haimanot

Saint Tekle Haimanot

(Tekle Haymanot or Takla Haymanot “Plant of Faith” Saint Takla Haymanot of Ethiopia) (c. 1215 – c. 1313) was an Ethiopian monk who founded a major monastery. He is considered a saint by both the Coptic and Ethiopian Churches. His feast day is August 17, and the 24th day of every month in the Ethiopian calendar is dedicated to Tekle Haymanot.