Welcome to First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Pasadena. For nearly one hundred and twenty years, First African Methodist Episcopal Church has been on the cutting edge of change and service.

While we are proud of our record, we cannot boast because much remains to be done. There are still young people to encourage, seniors to assure, hungry to be fed, homeless to be housed, sick to be comforted, the under educated to be trained, and unemployed to prepare.

We heard the challenge of the twenty-first century through the song: “To serve the present age, our calling to fulfill; o may it all my power engage to do my Master’s will!” Urged onward by our Lord’s words: “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to the Least of these who are members of my Family, you did it to me.” During this present age, we will continue to fulfill the great commission given to the church:

  • Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you… –Matthew 28:19-20

The Family of Faith of First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Pasadena welcomes you.
The Reverend Larry E. Campbell, D. Min., Senior Pastor.


FAME Pasadena Church History:

First African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest black congregation of denomination in Pasadena, was founded in the fall of 1887, in the home of Silas and Cynthia Carnahan. Under the direction of Rev. I. W. H. Nelson, the formal organization was completed in the spring of 1888. The first pastor appointed to serve the church was Rev. J. R. McClain.

Meetings were held in the Carnahan home until a site for a building was located on North Fair Oaks between Villa and Orange Grove. The church remained there until Rev. William Prince, one of the founders, served as assistant Pastor for over 40 years.

In 1910, during the pastorate of Rev. G. W. Tillman, a lot was purchased and a new Edifice was built on the corner of Vernon Avenue and Kensington Place.

During the 1960’s, the State of California purchased the church facilities for freeway Construction. In 1967, under the administration of Rev. Edward P. Williams, Sr., Property was purchased on North Raymond Avenue and Penn Street. In 1969, the present church building was completed and dedicated. The new church is a tribute to Rev. Edward P. Williams, Sr. Rev. Williams served for nine consecutive years.

In 1976, under the leadership of Rev. Albert L. Carter, the Albert L. Carter Building, which includes the Thelma Blake Fellowship Hall, was erected. It was dedicated on April 4, 1976, thereby completing the original plans for the new church building Program.