img_1273pt2Welcome to Historic St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church and thank you for visiting our Website!

The African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC) is a connectional body, tracing its origin to 1787, in Philadelphia, PA, with the establishment of the first Black-owned and governed religious organization.  After the Free African Society was formed, in 1816, the AMEC was officially incorporated.  In 1844, as the AMEC spread to the Deep South, the “Mother Church” established was Historic St. James.  We are proud of our history, and in keeping with the social justice-oriented focus of the AMEC, we are equally proud of our various ministries that represent our present.

You are always welcome at Historic St. James AMEC, the church where we profess and show that #GodisLove!

Continued Blessings,


The Rev. Jonathan C. Augustine, JD, MDiv

Senior Pastor


Pastor’s Reflections

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    We thank God for an amazing Family & Friends Day worship extravaganza on August 27, 2017.

    God moved in a mighty way, as we praised God for the blessing of friends. More importantly, however, we praised God for the blessing of the Black Family!

    We were delighted to welcome our presiding elder, the Rev. JW Hilton, Jr., who led the dedication of the Sis. Ida Victern Narthex, the result of her thoughtfulness in leaving her beloved Historic St. James AME Church as a beneficiary of her estate. We were also delighted to welcome home, to its birthplace, the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Louisiana, as well as our dear sisters from the Esther Grand Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star. Most importantly, however, our Family & Friends Day celebration was a success because of the many people who came out to support.

    We’re thankful for our team captains (blue, white, green, purple, yellow, and pink) who invited so many lovers of the Lord to honor God’s precious and holy name!

    We are always honored to welcome God’s children at Historic St. James AME Church.

    Rev. Jay Augustine
    46th Senior Pastor,
    Historic St. James AME Church (1844)

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