Date Founded: 1870
Membership/Number of Clergy: 1,400,000/3,600 as of 2013.
Headquarters: 466 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis, TN, 38116-7100
Schools & Seminaries: Lane College, Miles College, Paine College, Texas College, Phillips School of Theology--ITC
Publications: The Christian Index
Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram
Core Beliefs: "It holds that Jesus Christ is the Incarnate Son of God whose life, teachings, sacrificial death on the cross and glorious resurrection from the dead reconciled humankind to God, overcame sin and conquered death, procuring thereby eternal salvation to all who believe. The CME Church believes that the Holy Spirit is God’s continuing presence in the world empowering the church to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and fulfill its mission of saving and serving all humankind. Basic to the faith of the CME Church is the conviction that the Bible is the inspired Word of God containing all things necessary for human salvation."
Short History: Founded in 1870 in Jackson, TN when former slaves from eight different Annual Conferences of the Methodist Episcopal Church South banded together and formed the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church in America. The word Colored was changed to Christian in 1954, and the "in America" was dropped in 1956. The church has 11 Episcopal Districts, of which 9 are in the U.S. and 2 in Africa.
Local Churches: Brown Memorial CME Church, 809 West Chestnut Street, Louisville, KY is the closest of the 4 Louisville churches. The online church finder is at http://www.thecmechurch.org/churchdirectory.htm. Scroll down the page to find searchable list.