Reeves Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church



213 Watson Street
Davidson, NC 28036

 

 

The AME Zion Church

 

 


James VarickOur Beliefs 

The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church professes the historical faith in God, who by Himself – outpouring, was manifest incarnate in Jesus Christ for our salvation. By God’s grace and the power of His Holy Spirit all believers become the new humanity. The incarnation having reached its completion in Jesus, who is the Christ, is continuing in the Church and is overcoming the calamity of the human predicament. We strive in the hope that the Church will grow from sinful existence through purification to oneness with God.

Our Heritage in doctrine and our present theological task demand that we renew our faith and understanding of the love of God, our Father, and the Lordship of His Son, Jesus. We believe that all who have faith in Him will be empowered and invigorated by the Holy Spirit to risk all for the reconciling work and fulfillment of the Kingdom of God.

Our Heritage

Harriet TubmanZion Methodism grew out of the merciless enslavement of our African forefathers. They were kidnapped from their native land, chained, shackled, and shipped as beasts in deplorable conditions to a strange and distant land, having no family, no culture and no language. Yet, our fathers and mothers were comforted by the Lord God, through Jesus Christ, in the cotton fields and every place of their humiliation and degradation revealing to them that He would always be with them as He had been with them in the past. When Jesus, upon whom the Spirit of the Lord had descended, was preached at John Street Methodist Church, they united with that fellowship. However, bigotry and oppressively cruel barriers confronted them. The Spirit of the Lord led them in the establishment of Zion Chapel (which later became The Mother Church of Zion Methodism) where the gospel of His redeeming grace could be experienced. Taking with them the doctrines, discipline, and polity of The Methodist Church, they proceeded in the establishment of Zion Methodism. They believed that God had called them out of their bondage and had chosen them to be His people and a channel of His redeeming love for all people.

We believe and understand today that, in the Divine Economy, Zion Methodism is to make disciples of all persons throughout the earth, to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captive, recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free and to proclaim the Year of the Lord’s favor. We are to continue this mission until Christ, God’s Son, shall come again.


Mother A.M.E. Zion Church  :: Harlem, NYMission Statement

The mission of The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church is to increase our love for God and to help meet the needs of humankind by “Loving God with all our heart, with all our soul, and with our entire mind, and to love our neighbor as ourselves.” Implicit in this statement is the belief that the church should have a positive relationship to humankind horizontally. We also share in the mission of His Son Jesus Christ, in “healing the sick, helping the blind to receive sight, the lame to walk, the leper to be cleansed, the deaf to hear, the dead to be raised, and the poor to have the Good News preached to them.” – Luke 4:18.

We actualize this mission by praising God, by being obedient to the demands of the Gospel, by telling the story of God’s gracious acts in creating and redeeming the world, by inviting persons to commit their lives to Jesus Christ, and by serving as ministers of God’s liberating and reconciling grace.

Along with its emphasis on ministry and social change here in the United States, the denomination has focused much of its attention and energies on outreach abroad. To date, the AME Zion Church has member churches on all continents except Australia. In West Africa, in particular, the denomination has set up numerous schools and clinics throughout Ghana and Nigeria. The Church also has facilities in Liberia, though some of its main structures have been destroyed by civil war.

Overseas missions are a crucial component of the AME Zion Church's outreach, but the denomination believes in charity starting at home. That is why, over the years, several individual churches have implemented programs to help families to find low-income housing, jobs, financial planning assistance, health care and day care services. "Our concern is for the whole person," says Bishop Cecil Bishop, the (retired former) senior bishop of the AME Zion Church. "We have a holistic approach and a holistic gospel. We don't feel that we live in a kind of compartmentalized sense, but that life is a complete whole. So we have to be concerned about all of those amenities of life that help make up wholeness in an individual."

The outward person is important, but the primary focus of the AME Zion Church remains spirituality and "sharing the good news of the gospel," says the former senior bishop. As we, the AME Zion Church continues to expand and diversify its ministry, we also are preparing to lead an ever increasing youthful church body into the next century.
 

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The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church uses an Episcopal system of governance, which means bishops provide the top leadership. Bishops are directed to provide oversight of the entire church as a board but has specific individual leadership responsibilities in a geographical area, called an Episcopal district. An Episcopal district is comprised of one or more annual conferences. There are 12 Episcopal districts covering areas in the U.S. and overseas. They provide spiritual leadership to more than 1 million persons in a broad range of settings on five continents, including North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
The Board of Bishops is the executive unit of the connectional church and plays an important leadership role in helping to set the direction of the church and its mission throughout the world. It has the general oversight and promotion of the Church during the interim between General Conferences which is held every four years. The Board of Bishops meet semi-annually at such time and place as the majority of the Board shall determine and also at such other times as may be deemed necessary in the discharging of its responsibility as the executive unit of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.

 

Our Prelate

Bishop George Edward Battle Jr.
Piedmont Episcopal District
Bishop George Edward Battle Jr.




Bishop of the Piedmont Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

George E. Battle, Jr. is a native of Rocky Mount, North Carolina. A 1967 graduate of Clinton Jr. College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and a graduate of Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Hood Theological Seminary, also in Salisbury. He earned a Doctor of Ministry from Howard University in Washington, D.C. He has also received honorary doctorate degrees from Clinton Jr. College, Hood Theological Seminary, Livingstone College, Queens College, and University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He was elected a Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in 1992, 84th in the line of succession. He presently serves the Piedmont Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church which includes the New York, New England, Western New York, and the Bahamas Islands Conferences.

His pastorates include Mt. Vernon A. M. E. Zion Church, Center Grove A. M. E. Zion Church, and Emmanuel A. M. E. Zion Church which was a circuit in the South Carolina Conference from 1966-1969.

He also was the pastor of Foundation A. M. E. Zion Church and Tabernacle A. M. E. Zion Church, a circuit in the South Carolina Conference from 1969-1973. Mt. Zion A. M. E. Zion Church in Lancaster, South Carolina of the Pee Dee Conference from 1973 – 1974 and Greater Gethsemane A. M. E. Zion Church in Charlotte, North Carolina of the Western North Carolina Conference from 1974 - 1992.


Bishop Battle has made many professional achievements and has worked diligently serving his community. Some of his professional achievements are: CEO of the Battle Corporation; member, Wachovia (now Wells Fargo) Bank Board; member, Boy Scouts Advisory Board; member, Executive Board of the World Methodist Council; member, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Board; member, Board of Directors for Carolinas Healthcare System, serving as Chair of the Pension and Retirement Committee; member, Board of Directors for Carolinas Healthcare System Foundation; Chair of the Connectional Budget Board of the A. M. E. Zion Church; Vice Chair of the Overseas Missions Board of the A. M. E. Zion Church; member, Board of Visitors, Johnson C. Smith University; Trustee Board member of Central Piedmont Community College; member, Board of Trustees for Hood Theological Seminary; Vice Chair for the Livingstone College Board of Trustees; member, Executive Board for the Global Transpark Foundation, Inc. Bishop Battle also was a past member of the Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board for 17 years (serving as Chair for 4 years).

His civic and community involvements include: Founder of the Greater (formerly known as the Gethsemane) Enrichment Program that received a national award for the best program of its kind utilizing Federal Funds (now in existence for over 35 years); Founding Committee Member of the Teen Health Connection; Founder/Member of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Alliance for Public Schools; member, River Run Club; member, Leadership Breakfast Group in Charlotte, North Carolina; One of the Founders of the Urban League of Central Carolinas; organizer of the Biddleville Five Points Community, such as boy scouts which led to major improvements in housing, parks, sidewalks, etc.; member, National Association for the advancement of Colored People.

The Bishop is affiliated with the following organizations: Charlotte City Club; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; Sigma Psi Phi; National School Board Association; State School Board Association; Christian Ministers Fellowship Association; and the National Council of Churches.

Bishop Battle has received numerous honors and awards during his outstanding career. He was recognized for exemplary service and dedication by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education; the Echo Award Against Indifference; the Razor Walker Award; recognized by the State Board of Community Colleges for service to the citizens of North Carolina; the Presidential Award for Outstanding Leadership from Livingstone College; National Award for Meritorious Service from Livingstone College National Alumni; The Whitney M. Young Service Award for the Mecklenburg County Council Boy Scouts of America; Black Political Caucus Hall of Fame Award; the Clergy of the Year 2001 Award from the National OIC of America; the Long Leaf Pine Award from Governor James Hunt of North Carolina; the Charlotte Post Man of the Year; National Conference of Christians and Jews; Charlotte Observer Thank You Award for years of service on the school board; recipient of the Sojourner Truth Award from the Ministers and Lay Association of the A. M. E. Zion Church; recipient of the 2012 Inaugural Good Scout Award.

He is married to the former Iris Miller and they have two children, son George, III who is married to Renita and daughter LaChandra who is married to Michael Rapley; four grand children Trey, Alex, Peyton, and Elias.

 

 

 

Our Presiding Elder

The Reverend Dr. James McArthur Sloan, D.D. and First Lady Dr. Janice Kennedy-Sloan, Ph. D.



Conferences Served

  • Western North Carolina Conference
  • North Arkansas Conference
  • Philadelphia & Baltimore Conference
  • Cape Fear Conference
  • Kentucky Conference
  • Western Alabama Conference

Educational Background

  • May 1971 - Bachelor of Arts Degree
    Philander Smith College
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • June 1971 - Master’s Degree
    Hood Theological Seminary
    Salisbury, North Carolina
  • June 1973 - Graduate
    Navy Chaplaincy School
    Newport, Rhode Island
  • June 1985 - Honorary Doctorate
    Livingstone College
    Hood Theological Seminary
    Salisbury, North Carolina

General Church Related Experience

  • 1969 - Chaplain
    United Friends Nursing Home
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1970 - Minister/Director of Public Relations
    Assistant to The Dean of Religious Affairs
    Philander Smith College
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1973 - Chaplain
    United States Navy
    Great Lakes, Illinois
  • 1980 - Chaplain
    Naval Reserve Center
    Mobile, Alabama
  • 1982 to 1995 - Lecturer
    Instructor & Administrative Dean
    Leadership Training Institutes
    Livingston College
    Salisbury, North Carolina
  • Cape Fear Conference AME Zion Church
  • Atlantic Christian College
    Wilson, North Carolina
  • 1986 to 1987 - Chaplain/Counselor
    Harnett Correctional Center
    Lillington, North Carolina
  • 1992 to 1998
    Pastor
    Goler Metropolitan AME Zion Church
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1998 to Present:  Presiding Elder of the North Charlotte District

Personal Information

Children: Two Daughters and One Son

Grandchildren: Two