Historic Newman A.M.E. Church has the honor of being the oldest African-American Church in Oakland County. The church was established in 1861, incorporated in 1868, and named after George Newman a faithful and devoted member of the church.
The present structure, with a seating capacity of 400 was designed constructed and completed on six acres of land in 1963.
Today, Newman A.M.E. Church is a beacon of hope for the community of Pontiac, Michigan deploying missionary projects such as “Friday Feast” to feed the hungry and the “Summer Youth Project” to provide guidance to young people.
The African Methodist Episcopal Church
The African Methodist Episcopal Church has a unique and glorious history. It was unique in that it is the first major religious denomination in the Western World that had its origin over sociological and theological beliefs and differences. It rejected the negative theological interpretations which rendered persons of African descent second class citizens. Theirs was a theological declaration that God is God all the time and for every body. The church was born in protest against slavery – against dehumanization of African people, brought to the American continent as labor.
The Mission of the African Methodist Episcopal Church is to minister to the spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional, and environmental needs of all people by spreading Christ’s liberating gospel through word and deed. At every level of the Connection and in every local church, the African Methodist Episcopal Church shall engage in carrying out the spirit of the original Free African Society, out of which the AME Church evolved: that is, to seek out and save the lost, and serve the needy.
Richard Allen, Founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
An excellent biography of Richard Allen can be found by clicking the photo.