The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church is a Connectional Church. The structure is arranged by conferences.
Each Bishop duly elected by the General Conference of the A. M. E. Zion Church is appointed to an Epsicopal area. Each Episcopal area is made up of all the Annual Conferences in its area.
One or more Presding Elder Districts come together under one Annual Conference. A Presiding Elder appointed by the Bishop presides over their Presiding Elder District.
A Presiding Elder District Conference is made up of all the Quarterly Conferences or churches within the district. A Quarterly Conference is held in each church and is made up of the officers, ministers and body of that church, when held the Presiding Elder appointed by the Bishop presides.
The Rev. Robert F. Kemp
Oregon-Washington Annual Conference of the
Western Episcopal District of the
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
Missionary Supervisor Presiding Prelate
Ms. Nicole Powell Bishop Staccato Powell
: : WHAT WE BELIEVE IN
(The Apostle Creed) I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and in Jesus Christ, His only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified dead and buried. The third day He arose from the dead and He ascended into heaven and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. AMEN
: : OUR SOURCES
1. The Holy Bible
2. Discipline: African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
3. African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Hymnal
4. Know your Church
5. Zion’s Historical Catechism
6. Zion’s Juvenile Catechism
: : THE BEGINNING OF THE AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL ZION CHURCH
Those who are acquainted with the history of Methodism in this country it is generally conceded that its light first shone forth in the City of New York about the year 1765. The John Street Church was the first Methodist Church erected in that city. There were several colored members in this Church from its first organization. Between the years 1765 and 1796 the number of colored members largely increased, so much so that caste prejudice forbade their taking the Sacrament until the white families were all served. This, and the desire for other Church privileges denied them, induced them to organize themselves, which they did in the year 1796. This was the first African Methodist Church of which we have any account. The Church was legally incorporated on March 9, 1801, and the name Zion was added to our title at the General Conference of 1848.
Learn more about the A. M. E. Zion Church on the A. M. E. Zion Historical Society web site.