Rev. Howard H.L. Dill, Presiding Elder

Reverend Howard H.L. Dill

Presiding Elder

Looking forward to your Visit…

We invite you to visit one of our local churches to experience the atmosphere of love, peace and joy as we celebrate our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our congregations consist of young and old, rich and poor, but all are welcomed in the House of God!

West District
  • Vernon Temple A.M.E. Church
  • Bethel A.M.E. Church
  • Mount Zion A.M.E. Church
  • Richard Allen A.M.E. Church
  • Heard Chapel A.M.E. Church
  • Bright Temple A.M.E. Church
  • Saint John A.M.E. Church
  • Saint Philip A.M.E. Church
  • Saint Luke A.M.E. Church
East District 
  • Saint Paul A.M.E. Church
  • Allen Temple A.M.E. Church

Welcome to the Bermuda Conference!

About Us

The impact of the AME Church on Bermuda has been profound, widespread, continuing and positive all the way, from the very beginning in the autumn of 1869 when three farsighted Christian men — Benjamin Burchall of St. George’s, William B. Jennings of Devonshire and Charles Roach Ratteray of Somerset — set in motion the wheels that brought African Methodism to the country.

That was a period when Bermuda’s black population was working overtime on all fronts, building their own admirable infrastructure. It was a mere 35 years after the blacks had been emancipated from centuries of slavery. At Emancipation in 1834 they had absolutely no infrastructure of their own: no shops, no churches, no schools.

They were landless and voteless, possessing only their indomitable spirits and strong faith in God.  Richard Allen’s creed, God Our Father, Christ Our Redeemer and Man our Brother, had caught on in Bermuda. It consumed Brothers Burchall, Jennings and Ratteray, who were demonstrably dissatisfied with the racial situations wrought by the bureaucracy of the former slave owners that was designed for the continuing exploitation of their black brothers.

A succssion of American Bishops, Presiding Elders, Pastors, and leaders each with great intellectual and spiritual powers seeded the Denomination early in its history. Generations of Bermudian AMEs caught the spirit and in short time began impacting on all aspects of the Island’s religious, social, cultural, educational and political life.

They built churches in every parish. They initiated the opening of schools, out of which our own intellectual giants evolved, becoming AME Bishops, Presiding Elders, Pastors, doctors, lawyers, educators and other leaders. They are impacting effectively at home in Bermuda, at the highest levels of Government. Among them a succession of Premiers, Cabinet Ministers, Speaker of the House of Assembly; President of the Bermuda Senate, Heads of Government Departments, Civil Servants and labour leaders.

At the same time Bermudian AMEs impact all over the United States, in Canada, the Caribbean and on the wide-world scene. Perhaps the most notable of the foregoing overseas products of Bermudian African Methodism is the (late) Rt. Rev. Vinton Randolph Anderson, BA, MA, MD., Ph.D(Harvard), and his wife Vivienne.  We are proud of our heritage and the many sons and daughters of Allen who serve and have served our Zion faithfully throughout the years.

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