936 Sudbury Street
Staunton, VA 24401
Service Time: 11 AM
Church School: 10 AM
The spirit of African Methodism was brought to Staunton, Virginia through the urging and efforts of Sarah Rodney, the sister of Richard Allen, the founder of African Methodism. Rev. Jacqueline Strange formally organized the first church in November of 1865, at the conclusion of the Civil War.
Allen Chapel is the oldest church in the city of Staunton and west of the Blue Ridge to be established by people of color. Its members organized the first Black choir in 1886 and opened the first Black school for adults in the city.
In 1997 the congregation, under the leadership of Dr. Edward A. Scott and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, stepped out on faith to secure the former Emmanuel Wesleyan Church building at the Sudbury Street location.
Inspired by the past, encouraged by the present and with the help of God we press toward the future.
Allen Chapel AME Church
Rev. Dr. Edward Scott
Pastor, Allen Chapel AME Church