AME Zion African Methodist Episcopal Zion
American Methodist Episcopal Zion • Started in New York when African Americans within the John Street Church were treated as second class citizens. • They were denied ordination • They were forced to sit in segregated pews • They had limited access to the Methodist clergy • They had limited access to communion
AME Zion • In response to this treatment Peter Williams and William Miller founded the African Chapel in 1796. • Later the chapel was renamed Zion Church and the members became know as the Zionites. • In 1801 the church, with the help of a white minister by the name of John McClaskey the church was incorporated as the African Methodist Episcopal Church of New York.
AME Zion • The first pastor was James Varick who later became the first black African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church bishop. • At their first annual conference in June 21, 1821 they membership voted to separate from the white-controlled Methodist Episcopal Church. • They also decided not to affiliate with AME Church in Philadelphia and voted to add Zion to their name to distinguish themselves from AME.