History

And Are We Yet Alive

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Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church has a rich, long history offering sanctuary to families in the city of Houston.

Just 18 short years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the historic Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863 a small band of determined believers came together to found Brown Chapel.

A group of ten people held an organizational meeting at the Francis Harper School located at the corner of Center and Court Streets on July 10, 1881. The proposed new church would serve the West End and Chaneyville communities, which later became known as the Sixth Ward. The congregation named the church in honor of the first pastor, the Rev. Louis Brown.

Brown is a caring congregation that welcomes all people.  It has a history of caring for the community by meeting basic needs having once served as a site for distribution of much needed food supplies to needy families. The congregation continues to minister to the social, spiritual and physical development of all people. Its Ministry to the Homeless provides food each month to Houston’s homeless.  The church has an active Women’s Missionary Society, YPD, Lay Organization, Children’s Church and Sunday School Department. In May 2001 Brown was selected as the site for a made-for-TV movie about the life of rapper M.C. Hammer.

In November of 2012, Rev. Salatheia Bryant Honors was appointed as pastor of Brown, becoming the first female to lead the congregation. In 2014, Rev. Reginald Honors was appointed as co-pastor of Brown serving

In October 2017, Rev. Leonard Lee became the thirty-first minister to serve as pastor of this venerable institution.

Brown Chapel is affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest black denomination in the United States.  We seek to live out the A.M.E. motto of God our father, Christ our redeemer, the Holy Spirit our comforter, and Humankind our family.