Our Past Pastors

We praise God for the following pastors, who were called and appointed to pastor as early as 1877 the Chelsea Mission Church, which later  in 1889 became known as the People’s A.M.E. Church.


1877                    *Reverend Dr. Cheeks R.M. D.D.

1877 – 1879       *Reverend Dolphin Pernanders Roberts

1879 – 1889       *Reverend Allen Weston Whaley

1892 – 1895       *Reverend Henderson Davis 

1897 – 1900       *Reverend William H. Thomas, Jr. D.D.

1903 – 1905       *Reverend Henry K. Spearman, BA, BD, DD;

1905 – 1909       *Reverend W. H. Burrell

1909 – 1911         Reverend  William Shields

                               Reverend Walker

                               Reverend George Singleton (AME Review Editor)

1946 – 1961         Reverend Ernest Gilbert

1961 – 1963         Reverend Virgess Hill

1963 – 1980         Reverend Frank Wright

1980 – 1982         Reverend Bennett

1982 – 1985         Reverend Janie Tarver

1985 – 1992         Reverend Geraldine J. Harpole

1992 – 1993         Reverend Earl Owens

1993 – 1998         Reverend David Mayo

1998 – 2002         Reverend Shedrick Flynn

2002 – 2005         Reverend Viola Morris-Buchanan

2005 – 2006         Reverend Theodore Maynard

2006 – 2007         Reverend Martha Florestal

2007 – present     Reverend Dr. Sandra Gatlin Whitley


* estimated dates based on what gleaned from the various historical documents.