Loving God, Loving Family, Loving People, Loving Community




Everything has a beginning, and so it was with Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church. In 1870, a few dedicated people sought to establish a church for their community where God would be glorified through their worship. Henry Walker, Jerry Gaither, and George Gaither organized themselves as trustees and set out to purchase land under the auspices of the African Methodist Episcopal Church of the United States of America for the development of a church. Surely there was disappointment and frustration during their quest for land, but GOD blessed them when William and Lucretia Batchelor agreed to sell them one acre of land for one hundred dollars in an area originally known as "Providence" located in Wheaton, (Montgomery County), Maryland.


Through the efforts of Augustus Dorsey and a few members of the community, the foundation for the original building was laid in 1873. After toiling during the day making a living for their families, the members worked nights with the aid of lantern light. Then finally in 1875, the cornerstone was laid and the building was finished. The original structure was a single story frame building. The church was named ALLEN CHAPEL in honor of Richard Allen, the founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (A.M.E.).


The mission of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church is to prepare God's people for kingdom living through sound biblical principles and to recruit disciples for Christ. We stand as Christians who are physically accountable and spiritually responsible.


In March 2001, church leadership signed a deal to purchase a piece of property known as Covenant of Peace in the Fairland community of Silver Spring in eastern Montgomery County and in November of 2006, under the watchful eye and provisional hand of God, construction on the new Allen Chapel Church building began. During that 5 year wait, worship services were conducted at Paint Branch High School in Silver Spring.


A loving ministry for Christ that teaches the Word of God as a guide to daily living; focused on Kingdom Building and Community Service.

Construction was completed in November of 2007 and on June 8, 2008, the church dedication service was held and the dedicatory sermon was delivered by Bishop Adam Jefferson Richardson, Jr. Presiding Prelate, Second Episcopal District.

On October 18, 2008, Rev. Alan M. Gould, Sr. became pastor. Reverend Gould has been instrumental in taking Allen to a higher spiritual level, as we continue to grow in membership and new ministries.

Established in 1870 and still flourishing in the 21st century, Allen Chapel continues to expand its kingdom building efforts in eastern Montgomery County through dynamic leadership, powerful preaching, spirit-filled teaching, and awe-inspiring community evangelism.

We have been blessed, we continue to be blessed, and we give all the Honor, Praise and Glory to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! To God be the Glory!

"The things that are impossible with men are possible with God" Luke 18:27


"Loving God, Loving Family, Loving People, Loving Community"

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