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Our Heritage

About Us: Portfolio

Union Bethel AME Church- Crescent City is a historic landmark as well as the former church home of renowned labor organizer and civil rights activist A. Phillip Randolph.

Randolph was born and lived his first few years in Crescent City, FL. In 1889, when his father, James Williams Randolph served as a preacher at the church before relocating his family to Jacksonville, FL. Today, the sanctuary is a contributing building on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Our Belief



The mission of the AME Church is to minister to the social, spiritual and physical development of all people.



At every level of the connection an 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.


1.    Make available God’s biblical principles
2.    Spread Christ’s liberating gospel 
3.    Provide continuing programs which will enhance the entire social development of all people

Our Belief:

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 then 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 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 worshippers 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:  [visit the organization’s official homepage for a full overview of our beliefs and the articles of religion]. 


African Methodist Episcopal Church

The word African means that the church was organized by people of African descent and heritage. However, it does not mean the church was founded in Africa, or that it was for persons of African descent only.

The church’s roots are of the family of Methodist churches. Methodism provides an orderly system of rules and regulations and places emphasis on a plain and simple gospel. 

Episcopal refers to the form of government under which the church operates. It means that the church is governed by bishops. The chief executive and administrative officers of the African Methodist Episcopal denomination are the bishops of the church.  

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