God Our Father, Christ Our Redeemer, The Holy Spirit Our Comforter, Humankind Our Family

About Our Beliefs

Ministerial Staff

Bishop McKinley Young, Presiding Prelate

Dr. Dorothy Jackson Young, Episcopal Supervisor

The Reverend Alton B. Dillard, Sr., Presiding Elder

The Reverend John Sylvia, Pastor

The Reverend Roberta F. Smith, Associate Pastor

  • CARLA - Charleston Area Religious Leaders Association
  • CBMA - Charleston Black Ministerial Alliance
  • RESET - A police and clergy organization which is encourage community police relationships
  • WV Council of Churches - Prison Ministry

The Motto “God Our Father, Christ Our Redeemer, the Holy Spirit Our Comforter, Humankind Our Family” is a great summary of what the African Methodist Episcopal Church believes.

Also known as the A.M.E. Church for short, the denomination is Methodist in terms of its basic doctrine and order of worship. It was born, through adversity, of the Methodist church and to this day does not differ in any major way from what all Methodists believe. The split from the main branch of the Methodist Church was not a result of doctrinal differences but rather the result of a time period that was marked by man’s intolerance of his fellow man, based on the color of his skin. It was a time of slavery, oppression and the dehumanization of people of African descent and many of these un-Christian practices were brought into the church, forcing Richard Allen and a group of fellow worshipers of color to form a splinter denomination of the Methodist Church. To find the basic foundations of the beliefs of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, you need look no further than The Apostles’ Creed and The Twenty Five Articles of Religion.

Organizations and Affiliations

St. Paul's Ministries
Bible Study

Sunday School
Church School
St. Paul Senior Choir

St. Paul Men's Choir

The Next Generation of Praisers

Lay Organization
Sons of Allen

Youth Dance Team
Eulalia Elizabeth Brantley-

Women's Missionary Society
Wednesday Community Dinner
Junior Ushers
Senior Ushers