History

History

 

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Since 1985 FAME Church has been “Answering the Call to Worship, Praise and Service.” For the past 28 years FAME Church has provided vital ministries to meet the needs of its members, the community and "the body of Christ"

On September 22, 1985, FAME Church held its first service at the VFW Hall located at 9304 Centreville Road, Manassas, Virginia establishing the first African Methodist Episcopal Church in Northern Virginia. Within the first year the membership had grown to 40 members.

In 1987, FAME Church was blessed with the appointment of Rev. Alphonso McGlen as the second Pastor. On the first Sunday in September 1987, FAME Church held service at 9212 Lee Avenue, Manassas, Virginia. Under Rev. McGlen leadership the Chancel Choir, Lay Organization, and the Sons of Allen were organized. The first Women Retreat was held, a Scholarship Fund was established to provide support for graduating seniors continuing their education and FAME instituted noonday worship services.

In 1990, Rev. Dana Swann was assigned as the third pastor to FAME. Under his leadership the Media Ministry, Prison Ministry and renewed emphasis on the Stewardship Ministry were established. FAME Church extended its support to the community by supporting victims of Hurricane Hugo, and the Haitian Relief Project through the Service and Development Agency.

Rev. Godfrey R. Patterson became the fourth pastor of FAME in 1992. Under his administration, FAME Church started an Evening Service, initiated programs addressing the needs of the youth.

Rev. Ronald A. Boykin led FAME Church beginning December 1993. He positioned FAME Church to be a leader in responding to the spiritual, social and educational needs for the youth and adults not only in FAME but also in the community. FAME Church established ministries that address the Health and Fitness of its members, Singles Ministry, Couples Ministry, and Women Prisoner Ministry.

In May 1994, FAME Church held the groundbreaking ceremony for the Worship Facility at 10313 S. Grant Avenue, Manassas Virginia. On March 12, 1995, FAME Church moved the present site on S. Grant Ave. In 2007, FAME Church completed the construction of a two-story education wing to the church facility and it was dedicated on September 2, 2007.

On May 4,2014, Rev. Tony D. Boone was appointed our sixth Pastor, starting a new era of ministry for First A.M.E. Church of Manassas. His dynamic leadership has positioned FAME for relevant and transformational ministry to meet the needs of a 21st Century Church.

For additional information

Visit the website of the National A.M.E. Church for the History of the A.M.E. Church.