“A More Excellent Way”

“To live and work as a people Called by God, Cooperating with God, Changing a generation.”

“Developing and Implementing holistic, life-changing ministry for the church and community we serve.”

Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church is the oldest African-American church in the city of Rochester and Monroe County. Established 190 years ago in 1827, it played a pivotal role Rochester’s history. From providing a shelter for escaped slaves being led to freedom by Harriet Tubman to giving Susan B. Anthony a platform for her last public address to having the distinction of being the home church of Frederick Douglass and his abolitionist paper, “The North Star; Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church’s contributions are unprecedented. Today, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Kenneth Q. James, Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church remains at the forefront of civic activity and community responsibility with plans to continue building on its distinguished legacy.

Bishop Dennis V. Proctor

The Right Reverend Dennis V. Proctor oversees the New York, Western New York, and London-Midland Annual Conferences

Reverend Craig W. Douglass

The Reverend Craig W. Douglass oversees the Rochester-Syracuse District of which the Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church is a part.

The Reverend Derrill A. Blue was named Pastor of Memorial AME Zion Church in September 2017.