Welcome To The

Turner Chapel AME Church

For Worship On Sundays

About Us

Turner Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church is the first church established by African Americans in Fort Wayne. The church represents the rich history of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, which grew out of the Free African Society (FAS), and was founded by Richard Allen, Absalom Jones, and others established in Philadelphia in 1787. Founded in 1849, Turner Chapel is a beacon of hope for the entire community!  With an earnest need for a faith center for the black community, local leaders decided it was time to move from meeting places to an established home, which was worthy of the westward movement of the AME Church, the first independent black denomination in the United States.


Rev. Kenneth Christmon

Reverend Kenneth C. Christmon is our pastor. The church operates under the auspices of the North District of the Indiana Annual Conference. Reverend Lenore G. Williams is the Presiding Elder and the Rt. Reverend John Franklin White is the Presiding Bishop of the Fourth Episcopal District. 

A bi-vocational leader, Pastor Christmon has an extensive background serving the African Methodist Episcopal Church and higher education. He served as Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne’s leader for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and was the university’s first Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity. He also serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor and University Ombudsperson for Purdue University Fort Wayne. By fusing these qualifications, he’s keen on producing a better, educated community.

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A welcoming inclusive environment, where all are welcome to this spiritual house with a family-like atmosphere of care, joy, empathy and support!

Morning worship service begins at 10:30 with praise followed by Worship at 10:45 a.m.

The worship experience includes the AME Order of worship that includes hymns, prayers, Scripture readings, recitations, and a relevant Bible-based message. Our focus is to worship the Lord, and to be spiritually connected to Him. All should expect to feel the presence of God!

We want to make sure you feel welcome and simply enjoy yourself during service! We will ask first-time visitors, who feel comfortable, to please stand and give their name and church home (if they have one), as the Pastor and his ministers officially welcome you. You willalso receive a Turner Chapel welcome packet that includes inspirational readings and information about our local and international church.

Please come as you are, and join us.

Children are encouraged to join the congregation. There are also offerings for Sunday School (9:30 a.m.) and additional children’s ministries.

Also, the Ubuntu Intergenerational Learning Series takes place Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. in the Richard Allen Learning Lab (lower level). Please see the website for times.

Giving is an act of worship. You are welcome to freely participate during the offering time, but you will not be solicited or made to feel obligated. As we give, we also provide time for each person to go to the altar for prayer. In the event you need prayer support, ministers, and Stewards are available to pray with you and your family.

Parking is adjacent to the church off the Harmer Street lot. Walk across to the side entrance or you may walk to the front entrance off of Jefferson Blvd.

We offer one worship service on Sundays at 10:45 a.m.

Feel free to contact us at TurnerChapelAMEC@aol.com or 260-426-3121

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