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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    March 2017 has been an amazing celebration of #WomensHistoryMonth at Historic St. James AME Church in New Orleans.

    On Sunday, March 26th, we welcomed the Right Reverend Teresa Jefferson-Snorton, the only woman serving as a bishop in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, as our guest preacher. Her message on “Women Working Together,” inspired by the 1st Chapter of The Book of Ruth, not only drew worshipers to their feet, but also touched their hearts.

    We are proud to honor strong women of faith and were delighted to publicly salute the Esther Grand Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, The Links, Inc., and one of our own, Sis. Olivia Common.

    At Historic St. James AME Church we always show that #GodisLove

    Rev. Jay Augustine
    Senior Pastor,
    Historic St. James AME Church

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