Said on Sunday: Celebrating Pastor Wayne and Youth Day at St. Stephen AME Church

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.

The Rev. Wayne Johnson, pastor of St. Stephen AME Church, speaks his sermon on Youth Day.

The Rev. Wayne Johnson, pastor of St. Stephen AME Church, speaks his sermon on Youth Day.

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.” 

The vaulted ceilings of historic St. Stephen AME Church in downtown Wilmington.

The vaulted ceilings of historic St. Stephen AME Church in downtown Wilmington.

St. Stephen has a high arching ceiling with intricately carved dark wood, stained glass windows, and Johnson wears formal vestments during service. 

St. Stephen AME Church lit for Sunday services.

St. Stephen AME Church lit for Sunday services.

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