Bethel AME Church started small, with just 25 people and issues paying the rent. The church moved locations several times, before pulling through and planting its roots in Logan Heights in 1955.
"I do believe AME Church was a vehicle that God created in a place point and time in history that would help black people that were coming out of slavery, that were not able to read. They could not vote," said Vaughn.
Now its congregation is about 650 people. Today the needs of the community are different, but the church continues its legacy of service on K St.