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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

175th Anniversary Highlights

Pastor’s Reflections

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    Our family at Historic St. James AME Church is thankful for the contributions of women that make #WomensHistoryMonth so great! On Sunday, March 4, 2018, we began our month-long celebration of women by hosting our annual Women’ s Prayer Summit, for all women holding and/or seeking public office in New Orleans. We were honored and delighted to host so many influential women who have made a difference in New Orleans and well beyond.

    Our celebration of women continues each Sunday of the month, with a capstone celebration, “A Salute to Women of Excellence,” on March 18th, as we welcome the Reverend Dr. Glenell Lee Pruitt, pastor of St. Matthew AME Church (Shreveport, LA), as our guest preacher, along with our specially invited guests, including the New Orleans Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., The Orchid Society of New Orleans, and the Mystick Krew of Femme Fatale.

    We also praise God for God’s holy spirit showing up in a mighty way on the first Sunday of March, as we welcomed two new members to our Historic St. James AME Church family, Brother Dr. Robert Perry and his wife, Sister Tia Perry.

    God is moving in a MIGHTY way at Historic St. James AME Church, where we always show #GodisLove 

    Rev. Jay Augustine, 46th Senior Pastor

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