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Denominations - Protestant

Short profiles of selected Christian denominations in the U.S.

AME Zion Church symbol

African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

  • Date Founded:  1796

  • Membership/Number of Clergy:  1,400,000/4,554 as of 2010.

  • Headquarters:  3225 West Sugar Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28269

  • Schools & Seminaries:  Livingstone College, Clinton College, Hood Theological Seminary

  • Publications:  Star of Zion

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  • Core Beliefs: "The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church professes the historical faith in God, who by Himself – outpouring, was manifest incarnate in Jesus Christ for our salvation. By God’s grace and the power of His Holy Spirit all believers become the new humanity. The incarnation having reached its completion in Jesus, who is the Christ, is continuing in the Church and is overcoming the calamity of the human predicament."

Short History:  African American members of the New York City's John Street Methodist Church left to form their own church.  In keeping with its strong mission orientation the denomination has churches in all continents except Antarctica and Australia, and is particularly active in West Africa.  The AME Zion Church uses an episcopal system of governance.  There are 12 districts in the U.S.  The Board of Bishops meets twice a year and has general oversight over the denomination.

Local Churches: 

Broadway Temple A M E Zion Church, 1301 W Broadway, Louisville, KY 40203

Brown Temple A M E Zion Church, 3707 Young Ave, Louisville, KY 40211

Hughlett Temple A M E Zion Church, 2115 West Jefferson Street, Louisville, KY 40212

Spradling Memorial A M E Zion Church, 971 S Preston St, Louisville, KY 40203

Stoner Memorial A M E Zion Church, 1127 W Oak St, Louisville, KY 40210

Taylortown A M E Zion Church, 10901 Ballardsville Rd, Louisville, KY 40241

Walters-Clement A M E Zion Church, 4641 E Indian Trail, Louisville, KY 40213

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