The word “African” means that the Church was organized by people of African descent and heritage. In 1816 the Church was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and although its members are predominantly of African descent, the doors of the A.M.E. Church are open to all people of all nations regardless or race, color, class or creed.
The Church’s roots are of the family of “Methodist” churches. Methodism provides an orderly system of rules and regulations and places emphasis on a plain and simple gospel.
“Episcopal” refers to the form of government under which the Church operates. The chief executive and administrative officers of the A.M.E. denomination are the bishops of the Church.