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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