Our Story

The oldest Religious Establishment in St. Lucie County

Established in 1890 in a section of town known as Woodbine. The property was Purchased for $15.00 cash on March 24, 1896, Lot 9, Block 14, in Carlton Addition of Fort Pierce, by James G. Seward, P. J. Wells, and Douglas Kimpp. It was burned in 1897.

The second edifice was located at 8th and Avenue B. an area known as Zetland donated by the stewardess, Dorcus Hudson on August 18, 1904. The Women Missionary Society is named in her honor.

The New St. Paul edifice was completed and dedicated by April 22, 1979, by Rev. George M. Champion on land purchased from Mr & Mrs. Earl Little in 1971. The parsonage at 2601 Avenue P. was completed in 1983 by Rev. J. Richard Campbell. The mortgage on the new sanctuary was liquidated in 1990 by Rev. George L. Champion, the son of G. M. Champion.

REFLECTING IN THE LAST 42 years From 1979-2020

G. M. Champion 1977-1981 pastored the 8th Street & built the new St. Paul our current location. recreating the History of St. Paul will be an ongoing work until all those who served has been identified after 130 years.

Pastors at the New Location in the last 42 years

  • George M. Champion ~1979-1981
  • Richard Campbell~ 1981–1984
  • Willie D. Young~1984-1986
  • F. J. Johnson~1986-1989
  • George L. Champion~ 1989- 1992
  • F. Bernard Lemon~1992-1999
  • Samuel Sullivan~1999-2003 
  • Willie Jackson~2003-2004 
  • Nathan Mugala~2004-2007 
  • Melvin Kennerly~2007-2009 
  • Vincent Lane~2009-2011 
  • Melvin Hymes~2011-2015 
  • Waymon Dixon~2015-2018 
  • Patricia Wallace~2018-2021
  • Lori M. Snell~2021 to current 

About Our Name

Founded in 1787 by Bishop Richard Allen In Philadelphia, PA.


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. You are always able to worship at any AME Church the method of Call to worship is the same.


Refers to the form of government under which the church operates. The chief executive and administrative officers of theAfrican Methodist Episcopal denomination are the Bishops of the church.