our history

It’s amazing what we can do when we come together.

Saint Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church is a strong, vibrant, energetic group of believers who trust in God and rely on His divine direction.  We have bonded in one union, accepting the hardships, trials and tribulations; yet, we continue to strive and to overcome.  This church had its humble beginnings with the United African Society.  In July 1828, four former slaves (named Coles, Doyle, Peters and Johnson)  formed this group and shortly thereafter purchased one and one half acres of land on Union Avenue for $75.00.  These four families worshipped for many years in an old carpenter shop until a church was erected.  Built on the property was the church, the parsonage and a cemetery.


 Let us thank God for each day.  We thank God for each and every one of you.  No matter what it looks like, trust God.  No matter what it sounds like, trust God.  No matter what it feels like, trust God.  God is able.  Able to do exceedingly above more than we can ever think or imagine.  “Trust in the Lord and lean not unto your own understanding.  Acknowledge the Lord and the Lord shall direct your path.” Proverbs 3:5-6. 

May God bless you and keep you.  May God smile upon you and bring you God’s peace, now and forever more.

Grace & Peace,
Rev. Kimberly L. Detherage

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