Rev Richard Worthy                         Rev. Ellis Louden
    Presiding Elder                                  Presiding Elder
    Wilmington District                          Dover District
Wilmington District
  • Bethel A.M.E. Church-Wilmington
  • Asbury A.M.E. Church
  • Trinity A.M.E. Church
  • Emmanuel A.M.E. Church
  • Bethel A.M.E. Church-Smyrna
  • Murphy A.M.E. Church
  • New Elizabeth A.M.E. Church
  • Star Hill A.M.E. Church
  • Byrd’s A.M.E. Church
  • Mount Hebron A.M.E. Church
  • Mount Friendship A.M.E. Church
  • Ringgold Chapel A.M.E. Church
  • Fairview A.M.E. Church
  • Zion A.M.E. Church

As the Presiding Elders of the Wilmington and Dover Districts and on behalf of each of our Pastors, Ministers, Lay Leaders, and every member of our collective church congregations, we invite you to visit our Conference and attend one of our dynamic local church congregations.  Our churches are located in urban, suburban and rural settings offering a wide diversity in ministry and worship experiences.  Traditionally, we faithfully serve generations of families residing in the three counties that make up the Wilmington and Dover Districts of the Delaware Conference including: New Castle, Kent and Sussex Counties as well as those living in communities of Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

Welcome to the Delaware Conference!

About Us

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.









Bethel A.M.E. Church   Wilmington, 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!

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!

Dover District 
  • Mount Zion A.M.E. Church-Dover
  • Antioch A.M.E. Church
  • Mount Zion A.M.E. Church-Ellendale
  • Bethel A.M.E. Church-Milford
  • Dickerson Chapel A.M.E. Church
  • Mount Calvary A.M.E. Church
  • Macedonia A.M.E. Church
  • Bethel A.M.E. Church-Milton
  • Saint James Union A.M.E. Church
  • Mount Pisgah A.M.E. Church
  • Hubert A.M.E. Church
  • Saint George’s A.M.E. Church
  • Mount Plymouth A.M.E. Church
  • John Wesley A.M.E. Church
  • Saint Paul A.M.E. Church
  • Prospect A.M.E. Church
  • Burton Chapel A.M.E. Church
  • Siloam A.M.E. Church
  • New Zion A.M.E. Church
  • Graham A.M.E. Church


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