The AME Church, (African Methodist Episcopal Church), is a Christian denomination founded by Bishop Richard Allen in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1816.
- African: Was organized by people of African descent. The church was not founded in Africa, nor is it only for persons of African descent. The AME church is open to people of all races.
- Methodist: The AME roots are in the Methodist church. Members of St. George's Methodist Church left the congregation when faced with racial discrimination, but continued with the Methodist doctrine and the order of worship.
- Episcopal: The church operates under an church government known as a episcopal form . The denomination leaders are Bishops of the church. Episcopal, in this sense, refers to the form of government under which the church operates.
"God Our Father, Christ Our Redeemer, Holy Spirit Our Comforter, Humankind Our Family"
AME Church Mission
The Mission of the African Methodist Episcopal Church is to minister to the spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional, and environmental needs of all people by spreading Christ's liberating gospel through word and deed. At every level of the Connection and in every local church, the African Methodist Episcopal Church shall engage in carrying out the spirit of the original Free African Society, out of which the A.M.E. Church evolved: that is, to seek out and save the lost, and serve the needy through a continuing program of (1) preaching the gospel, (2) feeding the hungry, (3) clothing the naked, (4) housing the homeless, (5) cheering the fallen, (6) providing jobs for the jobless, (7) administering to the needs of those in prisons, hospitals, nursing homes, asylums and mental institutions, senior citizens' homes; caring for the sick, the shut-in, the mentally and socially disturbed, and (8) encouraging thrift and economic advancement.