About The St. Paul Church Family


Welcome Message from Pastor

We greet you with the joy, love, peace and gentleness of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Welcome to St. Paul AME Church "Church without Walls" as we lovingly call this household of faith, website.

Jesus, in Matthew 22:37-39 declared that all sacred laws and every prophetic word uttered by the prophets of God can be summed up in two simple commandments. (1) To love God with all your heart, mind, and soul and (2) Love your neighbor in the same manner in which we love ourselves. In defining who we are what we do, and the very essences of our faith at St. Paul, the first word that comes to mind is love. The history of St. Paul is rich and our tents of faith places love as the word which best describes the quality of our church and the character of the fellowship which I serve as Shepherd. It is our prayer that when you are visiting the Union and Essex County area, that you would come and worship with us. We would love to have you!

May His peace be with you always,
The Reverend Angela Battle, Pastor


St. Paul was organized in the early part of 1918 in the home of Mr. & Mrs. Essic Smith, whose vision saw the need of planting an A.M.E. Church in Kenilworth. With other dedicated persons, namely Mr. & Mrs. William Lowe and Mr. & Mrs. Perrin Childs. Services were held in the homes of Mr. & Mrs. E. Smith and Mr. & Mrs. W. Lowe and later in the "flats", a large apartment house on Monroe Avenue. During this period St. Paul was received into the N.J. Conference of The African Methodist Episcopal Church with Rev. J.F. Vanderhorst, Presiding Elder.

In the year of 1925 lots were purchased from Mr. Arthur of Kenilworth, and the ground-breaking services...

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St Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church exists
to LOVE with Christ's love,
to TEACH God's Word,
to LIVE by Christ's example, and
to REACH our community and our world
for Jesus Christ.
CHANGING the world,
Through the UNCHANGING power of the Cross.


There is no doubt in my mind God is calling us to be world changers! We cannot become what God wants us to become without first becoming fully devoted followers of Christ in our personal and corporate lives. For this reason, St. Paul AME Church developed ministries which incorporates spiritual maturity, community and personal participation.

Our ministries are designed to Equip, Enfold, Edify and Evangelize, thereby...

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Brief A.M.E. History


The Pioneers of the AME church are Richard Allen, Daniel A. Payne, William Paul Quinn and Henry M. Turner.

The African Methodist Episcopal is an offspring of the Methodist which was founded by John Wesley in England and America in the eighteenth entury.The Methodist movement itself began in 1739 when John Wesley,an Anglican started within the Church of England a movement to improve the spiritual life of his Church. The movement became widespread. Many of the followers of the movement emigrated to America. Wesley,realizing the future for the spread of Methodism in the Colonies, ordained Dr. Thomas Coke, an Anglican priest, and sent him to organize the Church in America. Dr. Coke arrived and called a General Conference in Baltimore, Maryland in December 1784. At this "Christmas Conference, Richard Allen (founder of the American Methodist Episcopal Church),was present as an observer only, and was not a delegate or a voter. Methodism grew as the Methodist riders went from point to point, from settlement to settlement,and from plantation to plantation. The African Methodist Episcopal Church sprang from the American counterpart of the Methodist Church.

The African Methodist Episcopal Church has a unique and glorious history. It is unique in that it is the first major religious denomination in the Western world that had its origin over sociological rather than theological beliefs and differences. The immediate cause of the organization of the A.M.E. Church was the fact that members of the St. George's Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia Pa., in 1787 segregated its colored members from its white communicants. The Blacks were sent to the gallery of the Church, to use the venerable Richard Allen's own words. One Sunday as the Africans, as they were called, knelt to pray outside of their segregated area they were actually pulled from their knees and told to go to a place which had been designated for them. This added insult to injury and upon completing their prayer, they went out and formed the Free African Society, and from this Society came two groups: The Episcopalians and the Methodists. The leader of the Methodist group was Richard Allen. Richard Allen desired to implement his conception of freedom of worship and desired to be rid of the humiliation of segregation,especially in church.

Richard Allen learned that other groups were suffering under the same conditions. After study and consultation, five churches came together in a General Convention which met in Philadelphia, Pa., April 9-11, 1816, and formed the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The name African Methodist came naturally, as Negroes at that time were called Africans and they followed the teaching of the Methodist Church as founded by John Wesley. The young Church accepted the Methodist doctrine and Discipline almost in its entirety.

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