We are the people of Allen A.M.E Church of Baltimore. Enhancing the community through Empowering, Evangelism, Education, Economics, and Expansion. Growing stronger every day.
Transforming Lives for Christ.
Raising up people who will follow Christ with a committed heart.
“Do not conform to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church has stood on the shoulders of our forefathers since 1860 in a small house on Stockton Street known as Allen Chapel AME Church. Since 1902, we worshiped and ministered to the needs of people at the present site, 1130 West Lexington Street. For one hundred-sixty (160) years Allen’s members have been steadfast in serving God. An anchor in the Poppleton Community of West Baltimore, Allen is not resting upon its history. Under the leadership of Rev. Brenda D. White, Pastor; Allen is experiencing transformational spiritual growth through its teaching, ministries, and community engagement. Allen is striving to become the worship place of choice for those of you who hate church and are seeking to know Christ. Community Engagement is essential to our holistic approach to ministry.
Since 2018, our ministry partners included:
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Epsilon Omega Chapter
The Historic Samuel Coleridge Taylor Elementary School
James McHenry Elementary School
University Maryland Medical Center for Addition Medicine
University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus
"As soon as I entered Allen AME I felt immediately at home. I found
the kindness of the congregants and the charm of the quaint building so heartwarming. I immediately knew this was the place that I wanted to spend my Sundays while living in Baltimore. It didn’t feel like a chore to go either, I looked forward to every service and worshiping with my new church family. Every time I went I was welcomed and greeted by all and even offered rides to and from church and to stores to shop for necessities. Rev. White and the Allen AME church family exhibited the love, mentorship, and hospitality that I needed during my first year of college and I am truly grateful to them for that."
Naima DeBrest & Family
The A.M.E. Church
African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME Church), black Methodist denomination originating in the United States, formally organized in 1816. It developed from a congregation formed by a group of blacks who withdrew in 1787 from St. George’s Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia because of restrictions in seating; blacks had been confined to the gallery of the church. Those who withdrew formed the Free African Society, the forerunner of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, and built Bethel African Methodist Church in Philadelphia. In 1799 Richard Allen, a former Delaware slave, was ordained its minister by Bishop Francis Asbury of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1807 and again in 1815, Allen successfully sued in the Pennsylvania courts to establish Bethel’s independence from white Methodists. In 1816 Asbury consecrated Allen bishop of the newly organized AME Church, which accepted Methodist doctrine and discipline. The church speaks of Richard Allen, William Paul Quinn, Daniel A. Payne, and Henry M. Turner as the “Four Horsemen” instrumental in the establishment of the church.