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About Our Church

The African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church was founded in 1787 by the 'Father' of African Methodism, Richard Allen.

The first AME Church was named Bethel.  It is now known as "Mother Bethel" and is an historical site in Philadelphia, that stands regally to remind us of our responsibility "to serve the present age."

The African Methodist Episcopal Church now consists of 20 Districts with churches located throughout the United States of America, Africa, Canada, the Caribbean, Bahamas, England and South America.


Our church was founded in 1990 and named after Bishop James Haskell Mayo, the 100th elected Bishop of the AME Church.

Mayo AME Church seeks to be a Biblical Ministry of Excellence designed to encourage life transformation and equip the whole person to serve the community and reach the world for Jesus Christ.

We are the 23rd church added to the South District of the Chicago Conference and the Fourth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.  We strive to be compassionate in our love, excellent in our service, holy in our living, passionate and reverent in our worship.

The Rt. Rev. Philip R. Cousin is the Presiding Prelate of the Fourth Episcopal District and the Rev. Thomas M. Hughes serves as the Presiding Elder of the South District.

Rev. Joseph M. James, Jr. is the founding Pastor of Mayo African Methodist Episcopal Church, along with his wife Mrs. Ruth E. James.  They brought a wealth of educational experience to this ministry and laid a solid foundation for their church members.  Our Current Pastor the Rev. Norris E. Jackson, Jr, and Lady Tanja C. Jackson are doing a spectacular job carrying the banner and building Mayo Church.  We are truly excited about their ministry and know you will be excited also.



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