To the oldest church –  established by people of color —
west of the Blue Ridge mountains!

As you visit this site for Greater Allen AME Church, Staunton, Virginia, our hope is that it calls out to you, our sister or brother, in a solicitude of joyous fellowship.

Let the words and images here be food for the spirit. Let the report of the goodness of God be upon all of us, and there will be rejoicing in the land.

We hope youll find the pages here a ready instrument of love’s unbounded power for …

  • drawing those at a distance near and
  • singing the song of high regard for the world and God who made it.

May God’s blessings continue to keep you in the months ahead.

Rev. Edward A. Scott & Rev. Andrea Cornett Scott, co-pastors

Watch Rev. Scott's welcome video
Allen Chapel and Christ Our Redeemer AME Churches have merged
Rev. Andrea Cornett Scott and Rev. Edward A. Scott, co-pastors

Believe In Each Other

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.

At Greater Allen A.M.E. Church, we welcome all who are seeking a deeper connection to God in service to one another.

Sermons That Resonate

Greater Allen A.M.E. Church (formerly Allen Chapel) has been blessed with the leadership of Rev. Edward A. Scott who — for more than 25 years — has been a clarion voice for God’s people in Staunton, Virginia.

The recent pandemic and sequestration has allowed the sermons of Rev. Scott to find expanding audiences on YouTube and Facebook. We encourage you to spend just a few minutes to discover this gifted orator called to God’s service.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.

Maya Angelou, Poet and Author

Whereas our ancestors (not of choice) were the first successful cultivators of the wilds of America, we their descendants feel ourselves entitled to participate in the blessings of her luxuriant soil.

Richard Allen, Founder of the A.M.E. Church
Jazz Worship 2024


On Sunday, February 18, 2024, we celebrated our fourth Jazz worship at Allen Chapel

The music of Count Basie, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Kenny Rittenhouse and others punctuated the Gospel message with an urgency, creativity and tenderness that is often relegated to smoky clubs and bars like the Blue Note, Birdland or the Village Vanguard.  

The Timestamp Jazz Sextet at Allen Chapel Jazz Worship, Sunday, February 18, 2024


936 Sudbury Street
Staunton, VA 24401


Sundays 11am – 1pm
Sunday School 9:30 am – 10:30 am


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Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand. It is the greatest gift anyone can give.