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The word African means that the church was organized by people of African descent and heritage. It does not mean that 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.


The history of Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church is a testimony of God’s grace and love demonstrated in the congregational life of His children.  From generation to generation, Allen Chapel has been a beacon of light and pillar of hope in Calhoun, Georgia. Over the years, hundreds of men and women have been and continue to be touched by this ministry.  God has anointed Allen Chapel from the past to this present age to glorify Him by leading souls to Christ.

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