African Methodist Episcopal Church


The word African means that the church was organized by people of African descent and heritage. It does not mean that the church was founded in Africa, or that it was for persons of African descent only.

The church’s roots are of the family of Methodist churches. Methodism provides an orderly system of rules and regulations and places emphasis on a plain and simple gospel. Episcopal refers to the form of government under which

the church operates. It means that the church is governed by bishops. The chief executive and administrative officers of the African Methodist Episcopal denomination are the Bishops of the church.


Our Episcopal Leaders



Presiding Prelate

11th Episcopal District

Bishop Adam J. Richardson Jr. and Supervisor Richardson 

101 East Union Street — Suite 301
Jacksonville, FL 32202-60001
 904-355-8262 - Office
 904-356-1617 (Fax)

 Bishop and Mrs. Richardson



Presiding Elder Hansberry

Suwannee-North District

Elder and First Lady Tony DeMarco Hansberry

101 East Union Street — Suite 103
Jacksonville, FL 32202-60001
 904-757-5400 - Office
 904-545-3743 (Cell)
Email:  -  11th Episcopal District Website – AME Church Website