Every Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
Sunday School at 9:00 a.m.
Anderson Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church
3788 Ivan Harris Road – Greenville, NC 27858
A church with a heart for people and helping him or her grow with a love for God and humanity.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
In May 1997, at the North Carolina Annual Conference, Bishop Vinton Randolph Anderson granted approval to Reverend Mary Faircloth to start a new work for the African Methodist Episcopal Church in the Greenville area. There was no AME Church in Greenville or Pitt County at the time. After research, evangelistic work, prayer, weekly bible study sessions in her home with a faithful group of believers, the vision of an AME Church in Greenville changed
from dreams to fruition.
A new congregation was born; a new church in Greenville became a reality. From vision to dreams, prayers, plans, commitments, challenges, and much encouragement, the vision was now a reality.
The Anderson Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church was officially organized on Friday, March 31, 1998, when the NC Conference Trustees and Presiding Elder L. O. Saunders met with Reverend and Brother Faircloth in their home with the ten charter members per the Doctrine and Discipline of the A.M.E. Church (1996 Edition). The church's new name,
"Anderson Chapel" honors Bishop Vinton Randolph Anderson, past Presiding Prelate of the 2nd Episcopal District
The church was born on Palm Sunday; April 5, 1998 when the first worship service was held in the home of Reverend and Brother Faircloth along with the original charter members and two visitors. The Word was preached. Holy Communion was celebrated. On May 31, 1998, a fifth Sunday Mission Service of Thanksgiving was held at the Boys and Girls Club in Greenville, NC. There was more than 300 persons in attendance from several states and Episcopal Districts. The new church continued to worship at this venue until a new church home was purchased two years later.
May 13-17, 1998, at the 129th Session of the North Carolina Annual Conference, Reverend Faircloth, the officers and members of Anderson Chapel AME Church were successful in bringing the newest connectional church in the 2nd Episcopal District into the North Carolina Annual Conference. On Sunday, May 17, 1998, at the closing Commissioning Service of the 129th Session of the North Carolina Annual Conference, Bishop Anderson appointed Reverend Mary Faircloth to the first pastoral charge for Anderson Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
In 1999, at the l30th Session of the North Carolina Annual Conference, Reverend Mary Faircloth made the first Annual Report to the Bishop for Anderson Chapel. It was a blessing to report that the church grew spiritually and financially. Anderson Chapel, as was the original African Methodist Episcopal Church (Mother Bethel) was born out of prayer at the altar, faith, and labors of love. "Great is thy faithfulness" (Lamentations 3:23)
In January 2000, the vision God had given to Reverend Faircloth began to manifest in reality as the place that the Lord would have this young congregation worship became available. A house of worship with a detached fellowship hall and approximately two acres of land was found off of Highway 43 South, on the corner of Bess Farm Road and Ivan Harris Road, Greenville, North Carolina. On June 26, 2000, after much prayer, hard work, and thrift, all the paperwork was completed, the pastor and trustees on behalf of the members closed on the church.
A worship service was held on July 2, 2000, with the celebration of Holy Communion. On July 22, 2001, Anderson Chapel was dedicated by Bishop Vinton Randolph Anderson. Worship services have been held each Sunday in our house of worship. The mortgage was paid in full in June 2014.
On October 31, 2015, another significant milestone occurred with the burning of the mortgage, conducted by Bishop William Phillips DeVeaux.
"To God Be the Glory for a dream realized!"
In 2017, at the 148th Session of the North Carolina Annual Conference, Reverend Mary Faircloth officially retired from full-time pastoral ministry. Reverend Faircloth was asked by Bishop James Levert Davis to maintain the integrity of the foundation started for one more year until a suitable mediator and intercessor could be appointed. In 2018, at the 149th Session of the North Carolina Annual Conference, Reverend Raynard Felister Griffin and Sister Songie Felise Griffin were directed to take charge of Anderson Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Reverend Mary Faircloth and Brother Alonzo "Vernon" Faircloth remain as assets, being involved, and working members within various ministries. The church continues to expand its reach into the surrounding areas to continue being forerunners of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Pastor Raynard Griffin
Welcome to Anderson Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Thank you for taking a look at our website. It is our prayer and hope that you will, visit to worship with us. Anderson Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church rose from the ground of hard work, laboring through continuous prayers, and faith that God’s children would be fed and nurtured in and through the spirit of truth.
We, at Anderson Chapel AME Church, are in love with our Savior, Jesus Christ. We desire to introduce you to Jesus, help you to develop an intimate relationship with Christ, and support you as we all continue to share God’s love with all of humanity.
We believe that life is more than just living out our dreams. We are children of the “Most High God” and we are empowered to overcome anything that we encounter, with the help of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We must continue to dream, act on faith, and trust God to be right beside us. This is the only way humanity will be able to arrive to our final destination, the Kingdom of God, in heaven.
Our hope is that you will (1) Come with an open mind, (2) Experience and worship God in the unique, charismatic manner established in you,
(3) Be willing and available for God to use you for kingdom building, and (4) Be careful, intentional, and passionate with your approach in serving Jesus Christ and humanity. In this manner, we will not bring shame to Christ’s name and our efforts with discipleship will inspire, defend, and prepare more believers with the hope of glory.
We desire to be a church similar to a hospital, providing care and resources that empowers one’s soul to develop the courage to rise in achieving hope, physical and mental wellness so she or he can live in the fullness of God’s spiritual enlightening. Everyone, no matter of race, age, or viewpoint on faith deserves to have a belief that encourages and supports her or his needs to be restored, to give and receive forgiveness, and to be able to live through the healing as Christians (Christ-like people) ought to live.