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Allen Chapel AME Church
4125 Benton Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64130

Rev. John D. Hill
(861) 921-2151 (Phone)


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Our Motto:
“God Our Father ... Christ Our Redeemer ... Man Our Brother”

Welcome to our Web site. We have created this Web site to offer direct access to information about Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church.

History ~ Weekly Schedule ~ Board's & Ministries ~ Pastor's Statement
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Southeast corner of Tenth and Charlotte Streets

In 1866, Miss Jane Shelby (now Mrs. Cane) having been converted, was desirous of seeing an African Methodist Episcopal church in Kansas City, there being neither Methodist nor baptist church for Negroes here.

The Rev. Clarke Moore, who organized the Second Baptist Church, was asked by Miss Shelby to assist her in finding someone to organize a Methodist church. He sent to Leavenworth for a Rev. Mr. Anderson, a Baptist minister, the Rev. John Loving, a Methodist minister at Quindaro and some others were asked to assist.  They organized a Methodist and a Baptist church. The Methodist Society had no pastor, but invited the Rev. Schuyler Washington and the Rev. John Loving to preach for them whenever they could until they got a regular pastor.

Cleared of Debt

The property was cleared of debt while the Rev. Moses Dixon was pastor. He was succeeded by the Rev. T. W. Anderson and the Rev. James W. Hubbard. The succession of pastors for the next fifteen years was rapid. /font>

In 1894, during the pastorate of the Rev. H. B. Parks, the church again was cleared of debt. Under the Rev. F. Jesse Peck (1896–1900) the church was remodeled and improved at a cost of $12,700. The congregation met in Turner’s Hall at the corner of Twelfth and Oak Streets while the work was being done.

Dr. William H. Thomas (1914–19) started his ministry with the determination that the obligations of the church, which amounted then to about $10,000, must be paid. The church was out of debt in less than a year. Allen Chapel has continued to attract the highest type of minister from this and other conferences. Dr. Felix Isascs, D.D. 1919–22), and he by the Rev. I. M. Wittenberg. D.D. (1922–25). Since the coming of the present pastor, Dr. C. S. Williams, the church has now a fully equipped kitchen and a swimming pool. Two ministers from Allen Chapel have been elevated to the episcopacy, Bishop Embry and Bishop Parks. The membership is 1600. The Sunday school enrollment is 120. Miss Bessie Lee is superintendent.
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The Allen Chapel A.M.E. CHURCH
Weekly Schedule

Sundays—8:30 A. M.
Sundays—10:15 A. M.
Sundays—10:15 A. M.
New Members Class
Sunday School
Worship Service
1st Monday–6:30 P. M.
2nd Monday–6:30 P. M.
3rd Monday–6:30 P. M.
Finance Board
Steward Board
Trustee Board
Wednesdays–11:00 A. MBible Class
Thursdays—6:30 P. M.
2nd Thursday–7:00 P. M.
Bible Class
Lay Meeting
1st Saturday–7:30 A. M.
Saturdays–9:00 A. M.
Saturdays–10:00 A. M.
2nd Saturday–8:00 A. M.
3rd Saturday–11:00 A. M.
Saturdays–1:00 . M.
Men’s Breakfast
Stewardess Board
Official Board
Women’s Ministries
Missionary Meeting

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Trustee Board ...
is offering Christian T-Shirt for sale at modest prices.

   Children – $12.00

   Adult – $15.00

   Adult XXL – $16.00


Bus Ministry ...
is on going. Contributions aand commitments are still being accepted.

Call (816) 921-2151 for more information or pledges.

Deaconess Board ...
is asking us to save our “Best Foods” labels, and bring them to chuch for the deaconess. This enables us to maintain Allen’s Food Pantry for the Hungry. You would be amazed at the plight of many of those who come to our doors seeking food and other kinds of assistance. Won’t you also please help by continuing to fill the Food Container in the vestibule of the church?

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Greetings in the name of the Lord:

We welcome you to the Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcoal Church, where everybody is somebody because the Lord is the “HEAD”! We are one body consisting of many parts.

The African Methodist Episcopal Church is the oldest Black denomenation in North America. It was founded in 1787 when a group of slaves and free persons led by Richard Allen walked our of St. Gregory’s Methodist Church, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, purchased an old blacksmith shop and moved it to a lot which had been purchased by Richard Allen. This accomplished Allen’s wish to have the church near the Black community. They called this church Bethel (House of God). The first pulpit was an anvil. The first preacher, and later the first Bishop, was Richard Allen, a man who taught himself to read and write, who bought his own freedom and that of his brother. The group called itself the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

The infant Church grew. It established a dozen colleges, a hospital, the first Black corporation, the first Black newspaper—the A.M.E. Recorder, and established a reputation for social concerns and freedom fighting. The doors are open to every color, every race! its two million members are found in American, Africa, the Caribbean, England, and Canada. The Lord has been working with Allen for over one hundred and thirty three years, making Allen the “Mother Church” in Kansas City, along with our sister Church, Second Baptist Church. WE KNOW WHAT PRAYER CAN DO!

Allen is becoming a Holy Ghost filled congregation, with a special emphasis on teaching, praying, fasting, preaching, and spreading the work of God to all. We understand that true liberation comes through the Holy Spirit—I Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where, the Spirit of the lord is, there is liberty.” Our Mission Statement reads: The Spirit of the Lord is upon us because He hath annointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, recovering of sight to the blind; to set at liberty those that are bruised; to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. Luke 4:18-19. As we sprout out in faith we ask you to join our family in this struggle toward true liberation. If we can ever serve you, we are but a prayer or phone call away.


Pastor Al

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