Theme: “Living Like Believers: It’s a Faith Walk” (1 John 4:17)
“And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So, we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world".
621 New Orleans St, Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39401, United States
Zion Chapel has a bold calling to share the Good News of God's Salvation through Word and Deed. The Mission of the AME Church is to minister to the social, spiritual, and physical development of all people.
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Mailing Address: 621 New Orleans Street, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
The African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) grew out of the Free African Society (FAS) which Richard Allen, Absalom Jones, and other established in Philadelphia in 1787. When officials of St. George’s Methodist Episcopal Church pulled blacks off their knees while praying, FAS members discovered just how far American Methodists would go to enforce racial discrimination against African Americans. Hence, these members of St. George’s made plans to transform their mutual aid society in an African Congregation. In 1794 Bethel AME Church was dedicated with Richard Allen as pastor. Allen, a former Delaware slave, successfully sued in the Pennsylvania courts in 1807 and 1815 for the right of his congregation to exist as an independent institution. Allen called other black Methodist who encountered racism and desired religious autonomy to meet in Philadelphia to form a new Wesleyan denomination, the AME Church (Historical Statement was written by Dr. Dennis Dickerson, retired General Officer of the AME Church).
The construction of Zion Chapel AME Church began during the early 20th Century. The land was purchased at its existing location in 1903. The Reverend L. J. Brock envisioned a place of worship that would minister to the social, spiritual, and physical development of all people in the Hattiesburg community. Rev. L. J. Brock and a group of devoted men and women inspired by God saw the need to build a place of worship that we call today Zion Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church– Hattiesburg. Hattiesburg was a growing community and Reverend Brock and faithful members engaged in carrying out the spirit of the original Free African Society, out of which the AME Church evolved: “to seek out and save the lost, and to serve the needy.” Reverend Brock served as Pastor and Presiding Elder.
Succeeding Rev. Brock were the following Servant Leaders who continued the spirit of the original Free African Society—Rev. Richardson, Rev. Beamon, Rev. W.M. Watkins (served as Pastor and Presiding Elder), Rev. P.H. Polk (Rev. Watkins’ son), Rev. J.D. Rhodes, Rev. T. S. J. Pendleton, Rev. E. D. Wilson, Rev. Butler, Rev. L.A. Clark and Rev. J. A. Thornton (served as Pastor and Presiding Elder), Rev. I. H. McInnis, Rev. G. W. Smith, Rev. F. L. Durden, Rev. J. Durr, Rev. G. W. Wynn, Rev. James Hall, Rev. B. F. Patterson, Rev. G. W. Robinson, Rev. James Nedd, Rev. F. C. Stallworth (instrumental in leading the congregation to build a separate building for educational purposes), Rev. T. B. Brown, Rev. R. L. Williams, Rev. A. L. Harkless, Rev. W. Chapman, Rev. Ed Scott, (connected the educational building to the church, bricked the entire edifice and placed the historical bell against the outside right wall of the church), Rev. J. H Metcalf, Rev. Herbert Spears (led the church in purchasing new pews), Rev. Otis S. Lewis, who is now the Presiding Elder of Greater New Orleans –Greensburg District, led the church in purchasing the stain glass windows), Rev. Timothy A. Stallworth (implemented a tutoring program, and ACT preparation workshop), Rev. CeDell Raggs, Rev. Eric Boone, Rev. A. J. Parnell (served until his untimely death), Rev. Joseph Young (served as the interim pastor and Presiding Elder), Rev. Charles E. Bartley (launched a community affairs talk program entitled "From the Heart of the Hood" with Charles E. Bartley, community service breakfast program and led the church in rebuilding after the 2013 EF4 tornado).
The Right Reverend Julius H. McAllister, Sr., appointed the Reverend Ammie L Davis to the pastoral charge at Zion Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church-Hattiesburg on November 20, 2015. Reverend Davis is the first female pastor to be assigned to Zion Chapel. Reverend Davis has an enthusiastic, innovative, and holistic approach to the Worship Experience, community outreach, and pastoral care for God’s people. Under the leadership of Reverend Davis, Zion Chapel continues its tradition of reaching out to the community with programs designed to connect people to God. Zion Chapel is “Positioned for a Blessing: Abiding in Faith and Love.” Reverend Davis is on a “spiritual journey” and Zion Chapel is ready for the journey!!!!!