This Sunday (June 9) at St. Stephen AME Church at Fifth and Redcross streets, the members celebrated Youth Day and the Rev. Wayne Johnson's one year anniversary of being the church's pastor.
The African Methodist Episcopal Church, not to be confused with the African Methodist Episcopal Zion church, (AME Zion), has a structural hierarchy. The pastor has to be renewed every year, based on the decision of the bishop.
Members say it's been a good first year at St. Stephen for Johnson.
Dorothy Stewart, a member of the church stated, “We just love him.”
St. Stephen has a high arching ceiling with intricately carved dark wood, stained glass windows, and Johnson wears formal vestments during service.
But there was no stiff silence.
St. Stephen this Sunday was anything but silent.
“This little light of mine” rang loudly throughout the brightly lit church. The organist, the Rev. George Maize kept the spirit of the peop