St. John A.U.M.P. Church


The late Reverend Edward A. Chippey founded St. John African Union Methodist Protestant Church in 1874. This was the first black church in Chester, Pennsylvania to join the African Union First Colored Methodist Protestant Conference and Connection, which was founded by the Right Reverend Peter Spencer in 1813 in Wilmington, Delaware.

St. John African Union Methodist Protestant Church had worship services in a small frame building located at Chestnut and St. John Streets. Hence, the congregation selected the name of the Church from the name of the street. The community was known as Stone Row.

In 1901, the church was destroyed by fire. During that same year a new church was erected under the Pastorship of the late Reverend J. H. Skinner. The church remained at 17th and Walnut Streets for sixty-three years.

In 1963, the church had to be relocated due to expansion of the Pennsylvania Military Academy now known as Widener University.

On December 10, 1963, the St. John African Union Methodist Protestant Church was rededicated at 819 Lincoln Street, Chester, Pennsylvania.

On September 28, 1994, St. John African Union Methodist Protestant Church located at 819 Lincoln Street, Chester, Pennsylvania, was once again destroyed by fire. But the God that we served in 1874, when this church was founded, is the same God that we serve now, and He stated that He would never leave us or forsake us.

After 124 years, descendants of the first families still remain. Some of them are: Clifford Morgan, Martha Walker, and Cheryl Walker.

Today we celebrate again, the mighty blessing from God Almighty in our new location, 711 Avenue of the States, Chester, Pennsylvania, under the pastorship of Elder Jonathan O. Stewart and The Most Reverend Doctor Delbert L. Jackson as our Presiding Prelate.

Glory be to God, without faith, it is impossible to please Him. We have moved forward with faith and today we have VICTORY!

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