What Are Some Well-Known African-American Churches?

What Are Some Well-Known African-American Churches?

Several African-American churches are well-known due to the fame of their leaders, such as the Potter's House in Texas, which is led by Bishop T.D. Jakes and Creflo Dollar's World Changers Church International in Georgia. Other well-known African-American churches include the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the Crenshaw Christian Center in Los Angeles, the AME Church in Nashville, and the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.

The Potter's House claims more than 30,000 members and stands as one of the largest mega-churches in the country, as of 2015. The ministry employs 400 individuals and regularly broadcasts to viewers around the world. Well-known religious leader Creflo Dollar leads the World Changers Church International, a mega-church based in Atlanta, Georgia. Founded in 1986, the church has grown from services in a school cafeteria to a 8,500-seat facility.

The Crenshaw Christian Center gained notoriety from its televised sermons. Apostle Fred K. Price grew the ministry from 300 members in 1973 to more than 18,000 members and many viewers around the world.

Ebenezer Baptist Church is well-known due to its historical significance. The ministry was led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement. Founded during Reconstruction by former slaves, the church has served as a spiritual home for numerous African-American leaders. The 16th Street Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama is also a historical landmark. The Klu Klux Klan bombed the church in 1963, killing four girls.

The African Methodist Episcopal Church also boasts deep cultural roots. Born out of the Free African Society in 1787, the AME Church worked with the Union Army during the Civil War to recruit members from southern states. Today, it includes 20 districts on five continents.