When the first session of the Philadelphia Annual Conference met in 1817 there were only four Itinerant Preachers present, Bishop Richard Allen, who presided, and the Reverends William Paul Quinn (later o become a Bishop), Jacob Tapisco, and Clayton Durham. From that small but distinguished cadre of churchmen, The Philadelphia Conference has grown to number more than two hundred Itinerant Preachers, male and female.

The geographical boundaries of the Conference extend westward from the Delaware River, which forms the eastern boundary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to include about half of the State, with the exception of three or four Churches along the state’s southern border, the Mason-Dixon Line. These Churches are included in the Delaware Conference. A similar exemption must be made for a few Churches in northern half of the state which are included in the Pittsburgh Annual Conference. It is interesting to note that at one time the Philadelphia Conference included what was known as ‘the Island of New Jersey”, the State of Delaware, and at least one new point and a new Church in the State of Maryland, according to the 1948 edition of the Encyclopedia of African Methodism.

As the heart pumps blood to every section of the body so the Philadelphia Conference has sent its influence to every section of our Zion. And as the blood sent out returns to the heart for renewal and further service, so the General Church looks to the Mother Conference for inspiration and renewal.


Saint Matthew A.M.E. Church – Philadelphia

Mount Pisgah A.M.E. Church – Philadelphia

Jones Tabernacle A.M.E. Church – Philadelphia

Ward Emmanuel A.M.E. Church – Philadelphia

Bethel A.M.E. Church – Ardmore

Bethel A.M.E. Church – Bryn Mawr

Grimes A.M.E. Church – Phoenixville

First A.M.E Church – Sharon Hill

New Bethel A.M.E. Church – Willow Grove

Bethel A.M.E. Church – Donwington

Saint Paul A.M.E. Church – Malvern

Mount Zion A.ME. Church – Devon

Allen A.M.E. Church – Oxford

Saint John A.M.E. Church – Wayne

Saint John A.M.E. Church – Conshohocken

Bethel A.M.E. Church – Kennett Square

Ebenezer A.M.E. Church – Glenolden

Josie D. Heard A.M.E. Church – Philadelphia


Morris Brown A.M.E. Church-Philadelphia

Zion A.M.E. Church-Philadelphia

Hickman Temple A.M.E. Church-Philadelphia

New Bethel A.M.E. Church-Germantown

Mount Zion A.M.E. Church-Norristown

Bethel A.M.E. Church-Landsdowne

Mount Zion A.M.E. Church-Darby

Bethel A.M.E. Church-Reading

Saint Paul A.M.E. Church-Philadelphia

Metropolitan A.M.E. Church-Lansdowne

Greater Mount Olive A.M.E. Church-Philadelphia

Shorter A.M.E. Church-Morton

Thornbury A.M.E. Church-Glen Mills

Bethel A.M.E. Church-West Chester

Campbell A.M.E. Church-Media

Saint John A.M.E. Church-Philadelphia

Wesley A.M.E. Church-Swarthmore



Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church – Philadelphia

Mount Tabor A.M.E. Church – Philadelphia

AME Union Church – Philadelphia

Campbell A.M.E. Church – Frankford

LaMott A.M.E. Church – Elkins Park

Allen A.M.E. Church – Philadelphia

Trinity A.M.E. Church – Philadelphia

Disney-Nichols A.M.E. Church – Philadelphia

Bethel A.M.E. Church – Pottstown

Waters Memorial A.M.E. Church – Philadelphia

Tyree A.M.E. Church – Philadelphia

Bethel A.M.E. Church – Bristol

Calvary A.M.E. Church – Philadelphia

Bethlehem A.M.E. Church – Langhorne

Bethany A.M.E. Church – Philadelphia

Bensalem A.M.E. Church – Bensalem



Bethel A.M.E. Church – Harrisburg

Bethel A.M.E. Church – Lancaster

Monumental A.M.E. Church – Steelton

Bethel A.M.E. Church – York

Mount Zion A.M.E. Church – Atglen

Ebenezer A.M.E. Church – Middletown

Mount Zion A.M.E. Church – Columbia

Bethany A.M.E. Church – Harrisburg

Mount Sinai A.M.E. Church – Harrisburg

Bethel A.M.E. Church – Carlisle

Saint John A.M.E. Church – Lebanon

Saint Paul A.M.E. Church – Oberlin

Bethany A.M.E. Church – Parkesburg

Saint James A.M.E. Church – Chambersburg

Bethel A.M.E. Church – Coatesville

Union A.M.E. Church – Easton

Saint Paul A.M.E. Church – Waynesboro

Bethel A.M.E. Church – Pottsville

Bethel A.M.E. Church – McConnellsburg

Saint Peters A.M.E. Church – Shippensburg

Bethel A.M.E. Church – Mercersburg

Bethel A.M.E. Church – Greencastle

Saint Paul A.M.E. Church – Coatesville

Bethel A.M.E. Church – Marietta

New Covenant A.M.E. Church – Tobyhanna