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Short profiles of Christian denominations in the U.S.

About the 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


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:  There are 8 AME Zion churches in the Louisville District of the Kentucky Conference.  The closest one to campus is Spradling Memorial A M E Zion Church, 971 S Preston St, Louisville, KY 40203.  Another one nearby is Hughlett Temple A M E Zion Church, 2115 West Jefferson Street, Louisville, KY 40212.  The denomination's website does not have a church locator.

AME Zion Symbol

AME Zion Church symbol