On January 28, Greater Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church celebrated the unveiling of a historical marker, commemorating its rich history and legacy. The event featured Bishop Samuel L. Green, Sr. as the guest speaker.
The church’s history traces back to the 1870s when congregants organized and initially worshipped under a brush arbor. By 1884, they purchased a half-acre lot for $3 and erected a church. In 1962, the congregation acquired the current site at 662 Old Wire Road, West Columbia, where they built a new church completed in the 1970s.
Initially founded as a Methodist congregation, Saint Paul later joined the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In the 1980s, the church adopted the name “Greater” Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, reflecting its growth and expanded mission.
Reverend Dr. Tobie H. Pollock serves as the Pastor, and Bishop Samuel L. Green, Sr. is the Presiding Prelate of the Seventh Episcopal District of the AMEC. Mrs. Phyllis N. Green holds the position of Supervisor in the Seventh Episcopal District, and the Reverend Rosalyn G. Coleman serves as the Presiding Elder of the Columbia District of the AMEC.
The historical marker unveiling not only acknowledges the church’s longevity but also signifies its enduring commitment to faith, community, and service. For more information, individuals can contact the church at 803-394-4162.