DISTRICT LEADERS 
        Reverend, Dr. Janet J. Sturdivant
        Presiding Elder South District
        Reverend Michael Sturdivant
        District Consultant

Presiding Elder Sturdivant graduated from Medialle College in Buffalo, New York with a B.S. (May 1986).  She graduated with a M.Div. from Lutheran Theological Seminary-Philadelphia (May 1993).  She also received her D.Min. from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (May 2008).  Her project topic:  ‘The Woman’s Journey to the Pastorate in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.’ She is a dynamic leader, preacher, teacher and pastor, now responsible for leading the South District of the Philadelphia Conference where our churches are as diverse as the communities in which they are located.

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Welcome to the South District of the Philadelphia Conference

We are excited that you have decided to visit the official website of the First Episcopal District and too have landed on the South District page. Our District is represented by a diverse group of local church congregations that are located throughout the City of Philadelphia and the surrounding suburban communities of Delaware and Chester Counties in Pennsylvania.

As the Presiding Elder of the South District along with my husband The Reverend Michael Sturdivant we are honored to extend an invitation to you and your family on behalf of each Pastor, Minister, Lay Leader and members of the seventeen (17) congregations in our District, for you to drop by and visit one of our local A.M.E. Churches close to a community near you.  We look forward to serving you through the many ministry programs of Worship, Praise, Evangelism and Outreach offered throughout the District.

On any given Sunday, you can find a traditional worship experience, a blended worship experience or a contemporary experience. We offer a variety of ministry types and meet the needs of all generations.   Come and see for yourself, drop in on one or more of our churches for a unique worship experience that is sure to feed your soul and quench your spiritual thirst.

Please take time to explore and learn more about us while also visiting our Official South District Website! Prayerfully we can help you and your family in some way as you seek to grow and prosper in the body of Christ Jesus.  Begin your spiritual journey with us and let us hold your hand through the dynamic pastoral leadership and multiple ministries that are part of the First Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and more specifically the Philadelphia Conference South District.

On any given Sunday, you can find a traditional worship experience, a blended worship experience or a contemporary experience. We offer a variety of ministry types to meet the needs of all generations.   Come and experience for yourself one of more of our churches for a unique worship experience that is sure to feed your soul and quench your spiritual thirst.

God Bless You!

South District Churches

  • Morris Brown A.M.E. Church-Philadelphia
  • Zion A.M.E. Church-Philadelphia
  • Hickman Temple A.M.E. Church-Philadelphia
  • New Bethel A.M.E. Church-Germantown
  • Mount Zion A.M.E. Church-Norristown
  • Bethel A.M.E. Church-Landsdowne
  • Mount Zion A.M.E. Church-Darby
  • Bethel A.M.E. Church-Reading
  • Saint Paul A.M.E. Church-Philadelphia
  • Metropolitan A.M.E. Church-Lansdowne
  • Greater Mount Olive A.M.E. Church-Philadelphia
  • Shorter A.M.E. Church-Morton
  • Thornbury A.M.E. Church-Glen Mills
  • Bethel A.M.E. Church-West Chester
  • Campbell A.M.E. Church-Media
  • Saint John A.M.E. Church-Philadelphia
  • Wesley A.M.E. Church-Swarthmore

Morris Brown A.M.E. Church reaches back to 1881, making it one of the oldest churches in the A.M.E. Church Connection.  It is named after the second Bishop of the A.M.E. Church and stands as a monument to the countless thousands who have labored there for nearly One hundred and thirty seven (137) years.  We are proud to have this historic landmark as the lead Church in the Philadelphia Conference South District.

Hickman Temple A.M.E. Church is a major church in our District located strategically in West Philadelphia in a growing community.  We are actively seeking persons who are looking for a church home to invest their time, talents and resources to help grow God’s House while working to advance the Kingdom of God.  All Hands are Needed!  Visit us for a spirit-filled Worship experience each and every Sunday morning.

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