Johnson Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church

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CHURCH HISTORY 123 YEARS JOHNSON CHAPEL AME CHURCH 1317 BISBEE STREET HOUSTON, TEXAS 77012 We were born in the early 1900’s in the home of Mrs. R.A. Fleming on Colorado Street, in the old Harrisburg Addition. Mrs. Fleming being the only A.M.E. member in this area was prompted by an inner desire of seeing a church of her faith organized in this area. A small group bonded themselves together and formulated plans which subsequently culminated in the organization of the first Mission, “Allen Chapel” African Methodist Episcopal Church. The Mission was named after the founder of the A.M.E. church, Richard Allen. The Pastors of Allen Chapel were: Rev. Pew, Rev. J.L. Anderson, Rev. Penn, Rev. Grogan, Rev. S.W. German, Rev. Ford, Rev. Buford and Rev. Fulton. There were times it appeared that the church would fall. The members met at various places like the home of Sis. Fleming and the “Loving Band Hall”, the members were dissatisfied meeting where there was dancing on Saturday nights. On occasion, they would meet at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, but most of the services were in the home of Bro. J. Giles on La Porte Road. After much planning and many prayers, property was purchased on the corner of Bisbee and Leander, however, it was not meant to be at this time. The small but inspired membership moved to Old Square Taylor’s Place, on Frio and La Porte Road, using a tent for their worship services. Sometime between 1915 and 1916, Rev. Grovey and the membership decided again to purchase property. Rev. Grovey appealed to Bishop Johnson for financial aid and it was granted. The Church progressed. The Pioneers met the challenge of a growing neighborhood, and the Allen Mission became known as Johnson Chapel A.M.E. Church. There was an increase in membership. The roots of African Methodism were planted on the corner of Bisbee and John Street. This effort took faith, prayers, and hard work. The members rolled up their sleeves and went to work selling fish dinners, having bake sales, hay rides and many other activities to meet their needs. Many churches supported the cause. Preparations for building the new church was planned by the Pastor Rev. Anderson and the Trustees of the church. Later under the leadership of Rev. Edwin Boyd, the parsonage was relocated on John Street. On September 17, 1967, under the leadership of Rev. Eugene Butler, the ground breaking ceremony for the new building took place. The membership rejoiced in moving into the new edifice in February 1976, under the leadership of Rev. Earl Nowlin. The dedication of the building was held September 23, 1979 under the leadership of Rev. Robert L. Jeffries. Improvements and contributions continued under the guidance of Rev. Earl Foster, Jr. The cornerstone came 13 years later under the direction of Rev. Thelma Maxwell. We say thank you to all the Pastors that have come and contributed to Johnson Chapel to make it what it is today; Rev. Erwin Hodge who led us to start a Young Adult’s Ministry, Rev. Roosevelt Owens who preached about the possibilities of moving from the corner to a larger sanctuary, Rev. Bobby Sonier the prayer warrior who guided Johnson Chapel for 10 years, Rev. Vincent Hightower and Rev. Lenora Dabney. In February 2019, Johnson Chapel welcomed the retired husband and wife duo, Presiding Elder Dr. Alfred and Rev. Dr. Ida Baker who would lead us into the 153rd Annual Conference. The Baker’s came and went to work. In a few short months, Rev. Ida revived the Praise Team and preparing a children’s class. The Baker’s brought spirit and a vision to Johnson Chapel. Dr. Alfred encouraged us to stretch and believe Johnson Chapel will move into a new sanctuary. The Bakers led us into the Annual Conference and Rev. Dr. Cheyenne Eichelberger brought us out. Eichelberger was appointed the Pastor of Johnson Chapel at the 153rd Annual Conference. Eichelberger was no stranger to Johnson Chapel. He served as an Associate Pastor in the early 2000’s under the tutelage of Rev. Bobby Sonier. Under the direction of Rev. Eichelberger, Johnson Chapel was ready to move forward. Eichelberger jumped right in preaching and teaching the word of God. The congregation looks forward to his morning meditations and his thought-provoking Wednesday night bible study lessons. Just as we were looking forward too many new things in 2020, the country was faced with the Coronavirus Pandemic. The spread of Covid-19 has caused many church doors to close and find alternative ways of worshipping and giving. Not to be deterred, Johnson Chapel continued to have service through a Conference Call-in-line. Being the awesome teacher that he is, Rev. Eichelberger not only wanted us to hear the word but he wanted us to see the word. He wanted us to have a richer experience, therefore, we are able to attend Sunday worship services virtually. Although, we’re not in the sanctuary at this time, Rev. Eichelberger continues to deliver the word with fervor and enthusiasm. 2020 has not been what many of us have expected. However, at the 154th session of the Annual Conference, we hope to come out the same way we went in, with Rev. Dr. Cheyenne Eichelberger.

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