Bishop Gregory G.M. Ingram and Rev. Dr. Jessica Kendall Ingram

WELCOME TO THE DELAWARE ANNUAL CONFERENCE

                                                                      About Us

Our History
The Delaware Conference was originally part of the Philadelphia Conference and had its origin from the fact that the Philadelphia Conference had grown so large that it was inconvenient to hold the sessions of the Annual Conference in any Church (where close to 80 church congregations would have gathered).  According to the history records it seemed, therefore to be the general opinion that the Philadelphia Conference should be divided into two organizations.  In 1923 at the Philadelphia Annual Conference which was held that year at Mother Bethel A.M.E Church, a motion was called up and passed that gave birth to the new Delaware Annual Conference pending approval by the General Conference of the A.M.E. Church which was held the next year in Louisville, Kentucky where the motion was upheld and approved.

Established officially in 1923, the Delaware Conference consist of two Districts, the Wilmington District and the Dover District (formerly named the Georgetown District).    Today there are thirty-four (34) local church congregations that make up the Delaware Conference with a few churches located in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, just north of New Castle County, Delaware.

The first State (Delaware) of our nation is host to some of the most historic African Methodist Episcopal Church landmarks in the A.M.E. Connection.  Richard Allen, our Founder and first Bishop spent many of his childhood and young adult years living in the southern part of Delaware as a slave before being converted as a Methodist Christian ultimately leading his slave master to Christ and convincing him to allow the purchase of his freedom which set him on a new journey moving to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Dover District in particular has much to be proud of as it celebrates the fact our founder found his true freedom on the soil of Kent County, Delaware on a plantation that once was located not far from where many of our  current churches reside today.

We look forward to meeting you and your family and hope that our ministries can become a blessing to every member of your household now and into the future!

Thank you for considering our invitation to visit!