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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    It was a blessing, on January 20, 2017, to be invited by the Louisiana Association of Supervision Curriculum Development to be the keynote speaker for their annual conference. It was also a joy to be with Dr. Lindsey Moore, Historic St. James’ steward pro temp and principal of Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School, as well as Ethan Ashley, a fellow Howard University graduate and member of the Orleans Parish School Board.

    Public education is in a time of transition. We need more stakeholders (e.g., faith-based leaders & the business community) to form synergistic relationships/partnerships with local schools and school districts to support both traditional public schools and public charter schools, as a way to help children.

    Our children deserve our best. Let’s give them nothing less.

    Rev. Jonathan C. Augustine
    46th Senior Pastor,
    Historic St. James AME Church

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