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HISTORY of the AME Church

The African Methodist Episcopal Church (A.M.E.) was founded as a result of racial discrimination against people of African descent. In 1787, In Philadelphia, PA, a group of Black worshipers were pulled from their knees while praying at St. George Methodist Episcopal Church. Led by Richard Allen they walked out and started a movement that later formed the Free African Society. This became the stepping stone for the beginning of the A.M.E. Church. The founders of the A.M.E. Church were poor, but under Richard Allen’s leadership, they purchased an old blacksmith shop and moved to the corner of Sixth and Lombard Street in Philadelphia,PA. This location eventually became Bethel AME Church. It is this history within the AME Church that this motto was created : God Our Father, Christ Our Redeemer, The Holy Spirit Our Comforter, Humankind Our Family. The AME Church is rich with heritage and holds the legacy of advancing the gospel of Jesus Christ while fulfilling social needs.  Our belief is that the Bible contains everything necessary for salvation. We believe in the Holy Trinity; there is but one true and living God, everlasting of infinite power, wisdom and goodness. We believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ,His Son and our Lord, and in the Holy Ghost, who proceeded from the Father and Son.


Bishop Richard Allen
Founder & First Consecrated & Elected Bishop of the
African Methodist Episcopal Church
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