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Reverend, Dr. Natalie P. Alford
Presiding Elder
Philadelphia District 
Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
To God be the Glory for all that He has done and is doing in our Church!  
Greetings,
As the Presiding Elder of the Philadelphia District and on behalf of all of the fine men and women who serve as pastors, lay leaders and members of the  various congregations represented in our District, thank you for taking a moment to learn about us.  We pray you be excited about what you see and hear and consider accepting our invitation to you and your family to visit one of our local A.M.E churches to learn more about our history and too experience the diversity of worship experiences found in each church societies!

The Philadelphia District is where our founder and first Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (The Rt. Reverend Richard Allen) gave birth to a vision that led people of color to establish the first organized and incorporated Faith institution in the United States designed specifically as a House of Worship ecclesiastically and pastorally controlled and managed by and for African Americans predominantly.

Although the Philadelphia District’ footprint was originally confined to the boundaries of the property now known as 419 South 6th Street (Richard Allen Way), the expansion of congregations throughout our  jurisdiction consist currently of sixteen (16) local A.M.E. Churches located in strategic African American communities in the City of Philadelphia and those in the surrounding counties.

I am proud to serve as the Presiding Elder of the Philadelphia District as the first women to preside over the Mother District; holding this most prestigious honor and position of leadership.  We have a wonderfully diverse group of church leaders in each of our local churches prepared to minister to the needs of children, youth, young adults, adults and our seniors.  Please take a moment to see if there is an A.M.E. Church in  your community or let us know how we can help you find one to visit.  Enjoy your visit and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Meet A Few of Our Pastors

Meet A Few of Our Pastors

Philadelphia District Churches

  • Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church – Philadelphia
  • Mount Tabor A.M.E. Church – Philadelphia
  • AME Union Church – Philadelphia
  • Campbell A.M.E. Church – Frankford
  • LaMott A.M.E. Church – Elkins Park
  • Allen A.M.E. Church – Philadelphia
  • Trinity A.M.E. Church – Philadelphia
  • Disney-Nichols A.M.E. Church – Philadelphia
  • Bethel A.M.E. Church – Pottstown
  • Waters Memorial A.M.E. Church – Philadelphia
  • Tyree A.M.E. Church – Philadelphia
  • Bethel A.M.E. Church – Bristol
  • Calvary A.M.E. Church – Philadelphia
  • Bethlehem A.M.E. Church – Langhorne
  • Bethany A.M.E. Church – Philadelphia
  • Bensalem A.M.E. Church – Bensalem

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