Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
Friday (Third) Women’s Fellowship 6-8 p.m
Sunday School 9:00 a.m.
Worship Service 11:00 a.m.
209 South “C” St
Stockton, CA 95202
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Our mission is to preach and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ to all who will receive it in the community.
We will teach, preach, feed, and clothe those who are in need.
We will be a bright light in the community.
We will lift up one another in Christian love.
We will do what God has called His church to do-to be the church of the Living God. To be the church that promotes hope, love, and spiritual prosperity. To be the church that Jesus Himself would come back for.
The Hilliard Chapel AME Zion Church has a very rich history that correlates with the beginnings of the AME Zion Church in California-“Struggle We Must, Die We Won’t.”
Under the administration of Bishop J. D. Cauthen, Presiding Elder H. Philbert Lankford and the tireless efforts of Sister Dorothy Hall, the AME Zion Church of Stockton was realized. Bishop Cauthen assigned Reverend E. D. Hall to organize the mission in Stockton, and Rev. and Mrs. Hall began the task of organizing the church.
The first meeting was held in home of Mr. & Mrs. Louis Perry on April 11, 1962. Present at that meeting were Mr. & Mrs. Alfred Spencer, Gerald Calbert, Mary Perry, and M. Laverne Jordan. At this meeting, the First A.M.E. Zion Church of Stockton church was established.
Meetings were held in the homes of these founding members and special services were held at St. Matthews C.M.E. Church, our sister church which is still located on “F” Street in Stockton, and in various other church facilities in the community, including St. Peter’s Methodist Church, an all-White congregation, where services were held until 1971.
At a California Annual Conference, Dr. K. Melvin Taylor suggested that the name of the church be changed to Hilliard Chapel in honor of Bishop William Alexander Hilliard, who was appointed on May 15, 1960, served in the office of Bishop for 20 years, and departed this life in March 2008. The Deed of Trust was signed by Bishop Hilliard and witnessed by Presiding Elder J. Mayor Roberts, Pastor Dan Davis, and Rev. K. Melvin Taylor. Hilliard Chapel was rededicated by Bishop George J. Leake in 1975.
Hilliard Chapel grew and prospered at the Monroe Street address for 37 years under the pastorships of Rev. Eddie Hall, Rev. Booker Brown, Rev. Don Davis, Rev. John Wyatt, Rev. Cecil Davis, Rev. Levi Harper, Rev. A. Glasco, Rev. Gertie Smily, Rev. Raymon Hunt, Rev. John Watts, Rev. R. L. Graham, Rev. Eddie Johnson, Rev. Philip Belser, and Rev. Veronica Butler.
In July 1999, Bishop Clarence Carr appointed Rev. Darrell J. Williams to the Stockton charge. Pastor Williams began the work he was commissioned to do with great spirit and unparalleled leadership.
“Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.”
On April 5, 2008, Pastor Williams’ vision for the Hilliard Chapel AME Zion Church Family was made true. On that date, the Church Family celebrated a New House, which was made possible because God blesses obedience. Many of us planted while still others watered, and God gave the increase-the people had a mind to work, and Pastor Williams had work in mind.
The new building at 209 South “C” Street in Stockton includes a sanctuary, a 2,000 square foot modular unit on an independent lot with parking, and a large gated parking lot sufficient to hold 65 vehicles. Our main building has classrooms, offices, and a social hall with a full functional kitchen.
Our goal today is the same as it was in 1962-to preach and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ to all men and women in the community. We will continue to be a bright light in the community. We will continue to lift up one another in Christian love. We will continue to do what God has called His church to do. To “be” the church of the Living God. To be the church that promotes hope, love, and spiritual prosperity. To be the church that Jesus Himself would come back for.