Our Vision, Mission and Purpose

Active Bishops of the AME Church
(Districts 1-10)

An Historical Perspective of the African Methodist Episcopal Church


The Mission of the AME Church is to minister to the social, spiritual, and physical, emotional and environmental needs of all people by spreading Christ’s liberating gospel through word and deed.


At every level of the Connection and in every local church, the AME Church shall engage in carrying out the spirit of the original Free African Society, out of which the AME Church evolved: that is, to seek out and save the lost, and to serve the needy. It is also the duty of  the Church to continue to encourage all members to become involved in all aspects of church training.


The ultimate purposes are: (1) make available God’s biblical principles, (2) spread Christ’s liberation gospel, and (3) provide continuing programs which will enhance the entire social and spiritual development of all people.


The African Methodist Episcopal Church, whose founders affirmed their humanity in the face of slavery and racism, stands in defense of disadvantaged and oppressed peoples in the 21st century.  From the origins in the Free African Society through the involvement of the AME clergy and lay in the Civil War of the 1860’s and the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s, the AMEC has preached salvation from sin and deliverance from bondage.  The mission expanded to others within the African Diasporas in the Americas, Africa, Caribbean, and Europe.  Whether in schools, seminaries, hospitals or social service centers, the AME Church has lived the gospel outside its sanctuaries.  This mandate still informs its ministry, vision and mission in the Church’s third century of existence.

We are humbled to serve as the Episcopal Leaders of the African Methodist Episcopal Church; standing on the shoulders of those men and women who served before us in such a great service to our Church.

Active Bishops of the AME Church
(Districts 11-20)

Our First Church...

Historic Mother Bethel AME Church Philadelphia

Mother Bethel AME Church Today

Mother Bethel AME Church Today