OUR A.M.E. DNA
Our Motto “God Our Father, Christ Our Redeemer, the Holy Spirit Our Comforter, Humankind Our Family” is a great summary of what the African Methodist Episcopal Church believes.
The most significant era of denominational development occurred during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Oftentimes, with the permission of Union army officials AME clergy moved into the states of the collapsing Confederacy to pull newly freed slaves into their denomination. “I Seek My Brethren”, the title of an often repeated sermon that Theophilus G. Steward preached in South Carolina, became a clarion call to evangelize fellow blacks in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Texas, and many other parts of the south. Hence, in 1880 AME membership reached 400,000 because of its rapid spread below the Mason-Dixon line .
When Bishop Henry M. Turner pushed African Methodism across the Atlantic into Liberia and Sierra Leone in 1891 and into South Africa in 1896, the AME church now laid claim to adherents on two continents. While the AME church is doctrinally Methodist, clergy, scholars, and lay persons have written important works which demonstrate the distinctive theology and praxis which have defined this Wesleyan body. Bishop Benjamin W. Arnett, in an address to the 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions, reminded the audience of the presence of blacks in the formation of Christianity.
Our ministries fully impact the plight of those oppressed by racism, sexism, and economic disadvantage. In the 1990s, the AME church included over 2,000,000 members, 8000 ministers, and 7000 congregations in more than 30 nations in North and South America, Asia, Africa , and Europe.
The Mission of the African Methodist Episcopal Church is to minister to the social, spiritual, and physical development of all people.
In 2010, the LORD placed a vision in the heart of Reverend Andra D'Etta Hoxie to start a church whose focus would be missions and outreach to the least, the lost, the left behind, the lonely, and the overlooked. On Sunday, October 17, 2010, worship began in the Chapel at The Potomac Hospital, Woodbridge, VA. Services were televised to the patients' rooms and nurses stations throughout the hospital. Many persons were ministered to and our membership grew. Our first outreach mission that Christmas was to the Toys for Tots program and we were able to serve 54 children. In our second year, we began our Christmas Eve Outreach to homeless persons waiting in line to enter the warming shelter. The Men of Faith and the Pastor, provided 50 homeless men and eight women with backpacks containing food kits, hygiene kits, first-aid kits, new thermal clothing, new hats & gloves, new blankets, Christmas Cards and McDonald's gift certificates. Our monthly outreach to the homeless was born. God continued to bless and we moved for a brief period of time to Daisy Reed Avenue.
Under the auspices of The Right Reverend Adam Jefferson Richard, Faith A.M.E. Mission was accepted into the 2nd Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Capital District, in April 2012.
On January 1, 2013, our determined group of 7 members moved to our location on Minnieville Road, Woodbridge VA. God continued to bless and we grew spiritually and numerically. Our mission focus continued and the Gospel was shared with many souls. Faith A.M.E. Mission experienced many firsts at our new location -- our first Easter Sunrise Service, our first annual Prayz 'n the Park, our first dinner outreach, and collaborative support of various ministries throughout the area.
On May 15, 2016, God blessed and with many, many more members we moved to our current location on Old Bridge Road.
What a mighty GOD we serve! We look forward to continued spiritual and numerical growth and an expansion of ministry. To GOD be the glory!