History of St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church – Raleigh, North Carolina
More than a century ago, God inspired a few of His servants to organize the St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church. The first place of worship was a bush harbor, located about a mile from the current structure at 3001 Tryon Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
The first worship structure was completed in August 1884 under the leadership of Rev. A.J. Mitchell and a second structure was built in 1961 under the pastorship of Rev. E.E. Worthy who served for twenty-five (25) years. After some storm damage, the structure had to be rebuilt in 1963.
Several anointed pastors with diverse leadership skills and talents have served over the last 40 years, thus bringing change during each tenure. Membership continues to increase along with the implementation of several ministries. Our current leadership is the Rev. Allen E. Warren and first lady Linda Warren. Under their direction are five choirs, the Sons of Allen, the Missionary Society, Liturgical Dance team, Youth Group, Homeless Shelter Ministry of food and The Word, Clothing Closet, Food Pantry, Outreach to area college students and Media ministry. There are other ministries in the planning stage. The pastor's ministerial staff consists of three dedicated, qualified and anointed young ministers.
God is continuing to lift us spiritually as we worship in a new sanctuary that was completed in 2005 under the leadership of Rev. Allen D. Terrell. We have been so richly blessed in the past, however, "eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered the imagination of men" what God has in store for us. We believe that God wants to do a greater work at St. John AME church.
If God’s people would receive and accept this vision, prayers would be heard, healing would take place, fellowship would be stronger and our homes would be restored and whole.
We welcome all to come and participate, share your experiences, skills and abilities to the Glory of God! See you on Sunday!!