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ABOUT | New Saint Paul AME Church of Tampa, FL

Experience New Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church! Conveniently located in Tampa, FL, this congregation welcomes those in search of a place where they can be inspired by the Word of God, strengthened toward spiritual growth, and encouraged to fulfill their purpose and destiny in Christ! A family-friendly church, New Saint Paul has a strong historic legacy that represents of the plight of the African American population in the Tampa Bay region. This small congregation has a BIG heart for ministering to the community!

On Friday, October 25th, 2019, during the 79th Session of the West Coast Annual Conference of the 11th Episcopal District, Presiding Bishop Adam Jefferson Richardson, Jr., Senior Bishop of the AME Church, appointed Rev. Roderick J. Stevenson (better known as “Pastor RJ”) to lead the congregation of New Saint Paul AME Church.

Come and join us for a life-changing worship experience every Sunday beginning at 11:00am or for bible study on Tuesday evenings at 6:00pm! You will experience a high-energy, power-packed God encounter with biblical teaching so relevant that even the youngest seekers are engaged!

For more information about Pastor RJ Stevenson and New Saint Paul AME Church, contact us via email at, call us at (813) 614-6646, or visit us online at!

We invite you to...“Step Into the New!”

The New Saint Paul Family is a small, welcoming congregation committed to doing BIG ministry in our community!


ABOUT | The African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church

The Motto “God Our Father, Christ Our Redeemer, the Holy Spirit Our Comforter, Humankind Our Family” is a great summary of what the African Methodist Episcopal Church believes.

Also known as the A.M.E. Church for short, the denomination is Methodist in terms of its basic doctrine and order of worship. It was born, through adversity, of the Methodist church and to this day does not differ in any major way from what all Methodists believe. The split from the main branch of the Methodist Church was not a result of doctrinal differences but rather the result of a time period that was marked by man’s intolerance of his fellow man, based on the color of his skin. It was a time of slavery, oppression and the dehumanization of people of African descent and many of these un-Christian practices were brought into the church, forcing Richard Allen and a group of fellow worshippers of color to form a splinter denomination of the Methodist Church. To find the basic foundations of the beliefs of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, you need look no further than The Apostles’ Creed and The Twenty Five Articles of Religion:


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 Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead; and buried. The third day he arose from the dead’ 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 Spirit, the Church Universal, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.


The Mission of the AME Church is to minister to the social, spiritual, and physical development of all people.


At every level of the Connection and in every local church, the AME Church shall engage in carrying out the spirit of the original Free African Society, out of which the AME Church evolved: that is, to seek out and save the lost, and to serve the needy. It is also the duty of Church to continue to encourage all members to become involved in all aspects of church training.


The ultimate purposes are:

  1. make available God’s biblical principles,

  2. spread Christ’s liberating gospel, and

  3. provide continuing programs which will enhance the entire social development of all people.


In order to meet the needs of every level of the Connection and in every local church, the AME Church shall implement strategies to train all members in: (1) Christian discipleship, (2) Christian leadership, (3) current teaching methods and materials, (4) the history and significance of the AME Church, (5) God’s biblical principles, and (6) social development to which all should be applied to daily living.