Christian Education

A Brief History Of AME Christian Education

Christian Education in the form of Sunday School work was organized in 1794. Richard Allen, founder and first bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, organized the first African American Sunday School at Mother Bethel, Philadelphia.

A formal plan for a Sunday School Union did not develop until 1884 when the General Conference, adopted it and elected Charles S. Smith, M.D. as its corresponding secretary.

Christian Education in the form of higher education was established by Rev. Daniel A. Payne, bishop and founder of Wilberforce University in 1856. Rev. Payne is called the Apostle of Education in the AME Church.

Christian Education in the form of youth fellowship was organized by Rev. B. W. Arnett in 1900 as the Christian Endeavor Society. In 1904 the name became the Allen Christian Endeavor League led by Rev. Gregg, led by Dr. J. C. Caldwell in 1908 and Rev. S. Morris in 1920.

Christian education in the form of a connectional organization was established at the 1936 General Conference and Rev. Solomon S. Morris, Sr., was elected to serve as its first General Secretary. The new Christian Education department now combined the functions of the Sunday School and Allen Christian Endeavor.

Richard Allen
Mother Bethel AME Philadelphia