About Us

Western Episcopal District is made up of six Annual Conferences spread across the west coast of the United States. The W.E.D. covers the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Nevada.


WHAT WE BELIEVE IN

(The Apostles Creed) I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and in Jesus Christ, His only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified dead and buried. The third day He arose from the dead and He ascended into heaven and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. AMEN

OUR SOURCES

1. The Holy Bible
2. African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Discipline
3. African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Hymnal
4. Know your Church
5. Zion’s Historical Catechism
6. Zion’s Juvenile Catechism

THE BEGINNING OF THE AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL ZION CHURCH

Those who are acquainted with the history of Methodism in this country it is generally conceded that its light first shone forth in the City of New York about the year 1765. The John Street Church was the first Methodist Church erected in that city. There were several colored members in this Church from its first organization. Between the years 1765 and 1796 the number of colored members largely increased, so much so that caste prejudice forbade their taking the Sacrament until the white families were all served. This, and the desire for other Church privileges denied them, induced them to organize themselves, which they did in the year 1796. This was the first African Methodist Church of which we have any account. The Church was legally incorporated on March 9, 1801, and the name Zion was added to our title at the General Conference of 1848.