Original edifice until 1999

Watch a Commemorative Video on Brown Chapel AME Church Entitled "Walking By Faith" 

Church History


IN 1843, Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church came into existence as a mission without a name.  This was 22 years before the slaves were freed and 56 years after Richard Allen led the exit from the Methodist Church in Philadelphia to found the first church in America for blacks.  The vision of the courageous founders was to worship God according to the dictates of their conscience and without discrimination.  In Michigan, it was frontier days for the inward call for peace and solitude was commonplace and many sought the elusive freedom from oppression and freedoms of religion. 


As the Second oldest active A.M.E. Church in Michigan, it is likely that Brown Chapel at Adams and Buffalo assisted in the safe travel through Ypsilanti visit the underground railroad of many slaves on their way to the “Promised Land” of Canada. 


Jerry Hatter, the 43rd pastor, was first appointed in 1991 and has led the congregation to greater spiritual heights through the development of new ministries as well as into the new church building at 1043 W. Michigan Avenue, on November 28, 1999.