St.Paul A.M.E African Methodist Episcopal Church Serving Christ By serving all

Mission & Vision

Vision Statement

To Win people to Jesus Christ, Train believers to become disciples, and Send disciples out to impact the world!


The mission of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church is to build a Christian community that:  Connects with God, connects with Others, and connects others with God.

As a community of believers who share our faith through passionate worship and service to God through our witness. St. Paul is positioned to be the light upon a hill for the East Orange community.  

Ministries of the Church

Hospitality Ministry
Singles Ministry
Grief Ministry
Dance Ministry (Gems & Jewels)
Music Ministry (New Generation, Senior Choir, Men’s Choir, and Youth Choir)
Madeline Choice Missionary Society & Young People’s Division
Men’s Ministry
Women’s Ministry
Social Action Ministry/Commission

Class Leaders

Jacqueline Reese, Leader & New Members

The Class Leaders’ Council is a organizational unit of the AME Church. It connects each member to the local church. The Class Leaders’ Council organizes all class leaders for the purpose of keeping them abreast of the Church’s membership. The class leaders’ responsibility is to provide support to their assigned members by visiting and communicating with them,listening to and praying with and for them. They also act as liaisons to the Pastor and the Official Board on the well-being of their assigned members. Class leaders must also motivate the members to attend and participate in the Church and its related activities and events.

The St. Paul A.M.E. Church Class Leaders are dedicated members who are focused on the tasks of providing spiritual support and guidance to the members of the church. Class Leaders are chosen by the pastor to serve needs of the congregation, which extends to fulfilling the mission of Jesus Christ in preparing for God’s Kingdom.

St. Paul has a designated class for our new members who are so very precious to us.  This class goes beyond and above to make sure new members feel connected to St. Paul AME and are free to question and learn in an environment with other new members.  Please contact us for your New Members Class leader.

A Class Leader is: 

1.) Appointed by the Pastor once the Class Leader requirements are met.

2.) The Interface between the ministerial staff and the members of the Church.

3.) To Communicate regularly with their class members by phone, letter, email, visits or social gatherings.

4.) To Provide advice, guidance and counsel and be a listening ear to their concerns and or issues of their class members.

5.) A Part of the spiritual support structure of the Church.

6.) A Class Leader signs and recommits annually to being a Class Leader.

7.) A class is usually composed of twelve or more persons.


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The AME Church


The word African means that the church was organized by people of African descent and heritage. It does not mean that the church was founded in Africa, or that it was for persons of African descent  only. 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. It means that the church is governed by bishops. The chief executive and administrative officers of the African Methodist Episcopal denomination are the Bishops of the church.

Our Mission

The Mission of the AME Church is to minister to the social, spiritual, and physical development of all people.


At every level of the Connection and in every local church, the AME Church shall engage in carrying out the spirit of the original Free African Society, out of which the AME Church evolved: that is, to seek out and save the lost, and to serve the needy. It is also the duty of Church to continue to encourage all members to become involved in all aspects of church training.


The ultimate purposes are:

• make available God’s biblical principles,
• spread Christ’s liberating gospel, and
• provide continuing programs which will enhance the entire social development of all people.


In order to meet the needs of every level of the Connection and in every local church, the AME Church shall implement strategies to train all members in: (1) Christian discipleship, (2) Christian leadership, (3) current teaching methods and materials, (4) the history and significance of the AME Church, (5) God’s biblical principles, and (6) social development to which all should be applied to daily living.

Our Motto

“God Our Father, Christ Our Redeemer,
the Holy Spirit Our Comforter, Humankind Our Family.”

Bishop Daniel A. Payne proposed to the 1856 General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church convening in Cincinnati, Ohio that the episcopal seal should include the denominational creedal statement, God Our Father, Christ Our Redeemer, Man Our Brother. This declaration of A.M.E. faith identity became the denominational motto until 1908, when a surge of pentecostalism in 1906 in Los Angeles at the Azusa Street mission, the former site of First A.M.E. Church, convinced African Methodists to alter the motto. Hence, the 1908 General Conference meeting in Norfolk, Virginia placed on the published minutes, God Our Father, Christ Our Redeemer, the Holy Ghost Our Comforter, Man Our Brother.

The 1912 General Conference convening in Kansas City, Missouri retained the altered statement of A.M.E. belief. The centennial General Conference of 1916 meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, however, made no reference to new the A.M.E. motto, and since that time Bishop Payne’s original formulation of the motto appeared on all denominational documents and published materials.

At the 2008 General Conference in St. Louis, Missouri an inclusive motto was adopted and now declares God Our Father, Christ Our Redeemer, the Holy Spirit Our Comforter, Humankind Our Family. The evolution of our motto demonstrates that African Methodists engage in ongoing assessments of our theology and how God speaks to us in changing circumstances.

Dennis C. Dickerson
Retired General Officer

Our Structure

The African Methodist Episcopal Church is a connectional organization. Each local church is a part of the larger connection.

The Bishops are the Chief Officers of the Connectional Organization. They are elected for life by a majority vote of the General Conference which meets every four years. Bishops are bound by the laws of the church to retire upon the General Conference nearest their 75th birthday.

Presiding Elders are the assistants, like middle management, whom the Bishops appoint to supervise the preachers in a Presiding Elder’s District. A Presiding Elder District is one portion of an Annual Conference, which in turn is one part of the Episcopal District over which a Bishop presides. In the Presiding Elder District, the appointed Presiding Elder meets with the local churches, that comprise the District, at least once every three months for a Quarterly Conference. The Presiding Elder also presides over a District Conference and a Sunday School Convention in his or her District. At the end of an Annual Conference year, the Presiding Elder reports to the Bishop at the Annual Conference and makes recommendations for pastoral appointments.

Pastors receive a yearly appointment to a charge (church), on the recommendation of the Presiding Elder and with the approval and final appointment of the Bishop. The pastor is in full charge of the Church and is an ex-official member of all boards, organizations and clubs of that Church.


The General Conference is the supreme body of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. It is composed of the Bishops, as ex-officio presidents, according to the rank of election, and an equal number of ministerial and lay delegates, elected by each of the Annual Conferences and the Lay Electoral Colleges of the Annual Conferences. Other ex-officio members are: the General Officers, College Presidents, Deans/Presidents of Theological Seminaries; Chaplains in the Regular Armed Forces of the U.S.A. The General Conference meets quadrennially (every four years), but may have extra sessions in certain emergencies.


The Council of Bishops is the Executive Branch of the Connectional Church. It has the general oversight of the Church during the interim of General Conferences. The Council of Bishops shall meet annually at such time and place as the majority of the Council shall determine and also at such other times as may be deemed necessary in the discharging its responsibility as the Executive Branch of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The Council of Bishops shall hold at least two public sessions at each annual meeting. At the first, complaints and petitions against a Bishop shall be heard, at the second, the decisions of the Council shall be made public. All decisions shall be in writing.


The Board of Incorporators, also known as the General Board of Trustees, has the supervision, In Trust, of all Connectional property of the Church and is vested with authority to act in behalf of the Connectional Church wherever necessary.


The General Board is in many respects the administrative body and is comprised of various departmental Commissions made up of the respective Executive-Director, the General Secretary of the AME Church, the Chief Financial Officer, the members of the various Commissions, and one Bishop as presiding officer with the other Bishops associating.


The Judicial Council is the highest judicatory body of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. It is an appellate court, elected by the General Conference, and is amenable to it.

Music & Arts Ministry

The Music and Worship Arts Ministry serves the church and the larger community outside these walls as God continues to use many committed and dedicated singers and instrumentalists to lead the congregation in praise and worship, and serve the church whenever needed. Our talented musicians seek to discern the flow of the Holy Spirit in each worship service; and try to follow the Spirit’s lead both musically and spiritually in unity and cooperation with our pastor and other worship leaders. Our utmost motivation and desire is to see the congregation enter into God’s presence..

To consistently embrace the vision of our Pastor and church; Serving Christ By Serving All.

The Music & Arts’ Ministry endeavors to work hand in hand with the church’s beliefs, whereby, disciples are equipped for service in the area of Music & Arts in order to minister effectively to the congregation, for the congregation, and with the congregation, through instrumental and vocal praise and worship with the highest level of quality and excellence; 

  • To exalt God,
  • To edify the church, and
  • To witness to those who are unsaved

Adult and Young Adult Choir (Shekinah) 

The Worship and Arts Ministry brings creative arts to St. Paul through the creativity and spirit of our New Generation Choir. The ministry participates in many worship services as well as other services outside the church through many different groups. Shekinah ministers often and leads in our praise and worship to usher all into the presence of the Divine that renewal, restoration, and transformation may take place.

Male Chorus

The Male Chorus is made up of men who desire to serve the Lord through their gifts, talents, and testimonies in song. Adult male singers; Repertoire of anthems, hymn arrangements, spirituals, traditional and contemporary gospel songs are sung by this vital ministry that also enjoys the fellowship of other brothers in divine worship.

All rehearsals are scheduled by Brother Robert Wilson our Minister of Music and Sis. Nia Soyemi the Musical Director. We offer opportunities for new members and musicians to be part of this ministry.